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Do the right thing and shut up, Lee urges pastor
Guardian UK ^ | May 1, 2008 | Xan Brooks

Posted on 05/02/2008 6:05:35 AM PDT by billorites

Director Spike Lee has waded into the controversy surrounding Jeremiah Wright, the Chicago pastor whose provocative statements have proved a thorn in the side of Democrat frontrunner Barack Obama. Lee advises the preacher to do the right thing and keep quiet. "The more he opens his mouth, the more damage he does," he told the Guardian.

For good measure, Lee hinted at a political conspiracy behind Wright's recent, contentious attempts to justify his remarks. "It looks like he's being paid to keep talking," he said.

"Jeremiah Wight needs to be quiet," Lee said yesterday. "If he loves Obama he needs to shut up right now. It makes me question his motives for talking. I'm starting to wonder whether somebody has been contributing to the building funds of his church. Seriously."

Lee, whose best-known films have frequently tackled the issue of race relations in the US, believes that Obama had hoped to survive the presidential contest without talking about race. "But now he's been forced to by a combination of Jeremiah Wright and the Clintons," he said.

The director of Malcolm X and When the Levees Broke is an ardent Obama supporter. "I love him," he said. "He's a unifier. He's the one who can get us out of the situation we're in today, because this country is going to hell in a handcart."

Lee will be at the Cannes film festival next week as jury president of the Babelgum film festival. He will also be promoting his latest feature, Miracle at St Anna, a story of black American soldiers in the second world war. He compares America's international standing now with its high water mark in the mid-1940s. "The way the US is viewed around the world is at its lowest point ever," he claimed. "But Obama will change everything."

(Excerpt) Read more at film.guardian.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 05/02/2008 6:05:36 AM PDT by billorites
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To: billorites

I’ve been bamboozled!


2 posted on 05/02/2008 6:08:02 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: billorites

This is one of the most profound things I’ve ever heard during this whole mess. Kudos to Spike Lee.


3 posted on 05/02/2008 6:09:41 AM PDT by Niuhuru (Don't burn a bra, burn a feminist!)
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To: billorites

Spike is saying what I said: “He’s been bought and paid”.


4 posted on 05/02/2008 6:10:27 AM PDT by Sacajaweau ("The Cracker" will be renamed "The Crapper")
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To: billorites
For good measure, Lee hinted at a political conspiracy behind Wright's recent, contentious attempts to justify his remarks. "It looks like he's being paid to keep talking," he said.

So, Wright is secretly on the RNC payroll, is that what you're saying Spike?

5 posted on 05/02/2008 6:10:44 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: billorites
"He's a unifier."

On what basis does anyone say this about Obama?

Obama is a far-Left extremist with views that are far out of the mainstream. He has insulted gun-owners, church-goers, and whites. Hispanics have not fallen in love with him.

It's conceivable that he could collect a lot of votes -- that means people give HIM what he's looking for. It says nothing about his ability to unite the country and give US anything that we want.

I consider him to be very poorly positioned to be a unifier.

6 posted on 05/02/2008 6:11:44 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I think Spike is saying that Wright is being paid by the Clinton camp to keep talking.


7 posted on 05/02/2008 6:11:55 AM PDT by LottieDah (Democrats and liberals never fail to disappoint.)
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To: billorites

More phoniness from the left. Lee believes almost everything that Wright believes, but he just wants Wright to remain silent about it, so that Obama can get elected.

This seems to be the unwritten rule of the left: Don’t tell the public what you really think.


8 posted on 05/02/2008 6:13:20 AM PDT by djpg
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
AIDS in the black community? Well, that's because there's a conspiracy!
Crack in the black community? Well, that's because there's a conspiracy!
Violence in the black community? Well, that's because there's a conspiracy!
Rev Wright is saying stupid things? Well, that's because the White folks got to him!

Yeah, this is a healthy view of the world.

9 posted on 05/02/2008 6:14:35 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Niuhuru

Even Sheldon Lee gets it..


10 posted on 05/02/2008 6:15:26 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: billorites

When Spike Lee is telling you to shut up because you’ve gone too far, buddy, you’ve gone waaaaay too far.


11 posted on 05/02/2008 6:15:49 AM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: ClearCase_guy

Well put.


12 posted on 05/02/2008 6:16:40 AM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: billorites

Nah, nah, nah!

Wright needs to write quickly and get that book on the market well before November.


13 posted on 05/02/2008 6:17:37 AM PDT by period end of story
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To: billorites
"It looks like he's being paid to keep talking," he said.

No, Spike, he keeps talking because he wants to be paid. Jerry knows that playing the race card will lose a lot of its power if a black man is elected President.

14 posted on 05/02/2008 6:18:00 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall cause you to vote against the Democrats.)
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To: billorites
Gee Spikey, don't you believe in "freedom" especially the "freedom of speech?"

I just LOVE hearing the good "Rev" ramble on and on about his "faith" and his "politics."

It is very illuminating for me and I'm sure millions of others.

I suspected that the good "Revs" beliefs were those shared by a number of people that I encounter, now I have proof positive.

15 posted on 05/02/2008 6:20:45 AM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: billorites
Image hosted by Photobucket.com jerry wright... the NEW jessy sharpton.
and the RATS, take another one in the..................HA ha!!!

16 posted on 05/02/2008 6:22:47 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: billorites
Lee, whose best-known films have frequently tackled the issue of race relations in the US, believes that Obama had hoped to survive the presidential contest without talking about race

No duh. As a racist that is exactly what Obama wanted. Funny how Lee can't shut up about race...ahem, when the "right" race is promoted and the "wrong" race is vilified.
17 posted on 05/02/2008 6:23:18 AM PDT by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: billorites
"...If he loves Obama he needs to shut up right now..."

I've been seeing this mentality coming up a lot in various articles this morning coming from various figures in the black community. They dont seem to be angry with what the Rev. said and they don't seem to have a problem with Obama's complicity with it, they are simply mad at the Rev.'s timing. I have only seen one instance where an article mentioned that only a few people they spoke with said that the Rev.'s ideas were from a different time which America had gotten over. The rest seemed to indicate that the Rev.'s message was still valid today, but that with Obama's nomination hanging in the balance the Rev. showed unbelievably poor judgement in his timing. The most appalling idea I saw this morning was where people in the African American's indicated that if people were upset about the Rev.'s message, then that was a sign they they were bigots. Unbelievable.
18 posted on 05/02/2008 6:23:39 AM PDT by contemplator (Capitalism gets no Rock Concerts)
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To: billorites
"It looks like he's being paid to keep talking," he said.

The pastor is a racist idiot. If Lee, supposedly an insightful and brilliant man, were to have said that, I could respect anything else he said. But in that sentence, clearly what he means is "I agree with what the Rev says, but he's putting his racism out there where whitey can see it, and if he does that, all our fellow travellers in the white liberal socialist branch of the Democratic party are going to see that Obama has been good friends with a racist for twenty years, and we black folks aren't going to be able to count on them voting our man into office." Lee nowhere mentions that Wright is wrong...just that he needs to shut up.

For the right black man or woman, I would vote in a heartbeat, or better yet, for the right man or woman, race would not be an issue. But it would have to be a man or woman who understood the value of unborn life, who viewed the Bible as authority, and who believed that our Founders were RIGHT in what they planned for America. To vote a person in because "goody, goody, I can show how unbiased I am!" is laughable at best, and dangerous at worst.

19 posted on 05/02/2008 6:24:32 AM PDT by 50sDad (OBAMA: In your heart you know he's Wright.)
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To: billorites
Lee hinted at a political conspiracy behind Wright's recent, contentious attempts to justify his remarks. "It looks like he's being paid to keep talking," he said.

It's always something other than the person in the middle just being a complete idiot.

20 posted on 05/02/2008 6:24:47 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: billorites

Good, I am glad Spike is speaking up. I am sure Wright is being paid either by Hillary or her supporters. It needs to be brought to light.


21 posted on 05/02/2008 6:25:18 AM PDT by rodeo-mamma
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To: billorites

Uncle Jeremiah has bodyguards provided by the Nation of Islam. The MSM would have us believe that bodyguards are probably in response to some white racist cracker’s threats written in crayon. Spike Lee is telling the crazy man to shut up publicly and not in a threatening way. But it begs the question, the threats to Uncle Jeremiah that are to be taken seriously are probably from people of color who are crazed Barry supporters, which is about the only kind of Obama supporter that I am able to observe.


22 posted on 05/02/2008 6:25:32 AM PDT by Biblebelter (Barry, your Uncle Jeremiah is speaking now, Barry can you hear him, Barry what you say now.)
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To: billorites

That’s right, Spike...you race baiters need to keep quiet or the rest of the world will learn what you are REALLY ABOUT!


23 posted on 05/02/2008 6:25:44 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: billorites

“The way the US is viewed around the world is at its lowest point ever,” he claimed. “But Obama will change everything”

And the figure America and Americans sent ot Tsunami and Katrina victims was .... what, again??????

Shut up Spike!!!!


24 posted on 05/02/2008 6:27:14 AM PDT by SMARTY ('At some point you get tired of swatting flies, and you have to go for the manure heap' Gen. LeMay)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
So, Wright is secretly on the RNC payroll, is that what you're saying Spike?

ROVE, YOU MAGNIFICENT B*ST**D!!!!!!!

25 posted on 05/02/2008 6:27:18 AM PDT by Pistolshot (When you let what you are define who you are, you create racial divisiveness.)
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To: socialismisinsidious

Lee is among the most racist and militant, yet that’s okie-dokie as long as his spew is directed towards the ‘right’ ethnic group. He ranks up there with Calypso Louie, but the same folks he disparages in his films keep spending their money to see them. Go figure.


26 posted on 05/02/2008 6:27:18 AM PDT by whatshotandwhatsnot
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To: billorites
"The more he opens his mouth, the more damage he does," he told the Guardian.

The truth hurts.

27 posted on 05/02/2008 6:28:06 AM PDT by maggief
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To: kellynla

That’s the truth. He’s only telling him to shut up because he’s giving away the playbook.


28 posted on 05/02/2008 6:28:56 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: LottieDah

So, Wright is on Hillary Clinton’s payroll then? That’s even worse! ;)


30 posted on 05/02/2008 6:33:16 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: djpg

Unwritten bylines of Spike Lee’s: Don’t hurt my profits!


31 posted on 05/02/2008 6:36:34 AM PDT by Alia
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To: billorites

Why is this an issue in the UK? Time to move on!


32 posted on 05/02/2008 6:46:37 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Ain't got no money, but I got guns, religion, and xenophobia)
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To: billorites

Speaking of damage, the damage done by irresponsible race-baiters like Spike Lee and other libs has been incalculable. He’s as much to blame for racial disharmony as Wright.


33 posted on 05/02/2008 6:51:18 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: billorites

Spike Lee believes everything Reverend Wright believes, he just doesn’t want Wright to say it out loud.


34 posted on 05/02/2008 6:51:33 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Ain't got no money, but I got guns, religion, and xenophobia)
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To: billorites

Spike Lee believes everything Reverend Wright believes, he just doesn’t want Wright to say it out loud.


35 posted on 05/02/2008 6:52:53 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Ain't got no money, but I got guns, religion, and xenophobia)
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To: ClearCase_guy

There is usually a world of difference between what we “want” and what we “need”. Beware of those that promise to “give” us anything that we’ve paid for (Benefits derived from our paid taxes) as opposed to “discipline” which is what we need.

To Corizine’s(sp) credit, he is going in a new direction with the discipline need. His priorities may not be mine, but his discipline is a welcome change. Let’s hope it is the beginning of a trend.


36 posted on 05/02/2008 6:55:06 AM PDT by noname07718 (The Senate is based on consensus. “Consensus is the absence of leadership” - Lady M.Thatcher)
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To: Sacajaweau

By Rush, maybe? I can make up conspiracy theories, too. Start the rumor - “Operation Chaos Strikes Again!” We’ll all get better at it over the next 7* months.


37 posted on 05/02/2008 6:55:57 AM PDT by pyrless
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To: ClearCase_guy

You forgot a conspiracy theory: “Black Ops by Operation Chaos.”


38 posted on 05/02/2008 6:55:57 AM PDT by pyrless
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To: MEGoody
Jerry knows that playing the race card will lose a lot of its power if a black man is elected President.

Ain't that the truf! Don't you think maybe the Black Congressional Caucus is behind it? The BCC has more to lose than Hillary.

39 posted on 05/02/2008 7:00:33 AM PDT by Jaded ("I have a mustard- seed; and I am not afraid to use it."- Joseph Ratzinger)
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To: billorites
The director of Malcolm X and When the Levees Broke is an ardent Obama supporter. "I love him," he said. "He's a unifier. He's the one who can get us out of the situation we're in today

Translation: Whoever is against Obama must be on the GOP or the Hillary payroll. What a joke. Wright is a self-serving moonbat whose own words have cut him out of the White House, which doesn't matter because Obama isn't going to win anyways. Wright feels he can still capitalize on this and intends to use it for all he can. He isn't going to shut up now, because he's a media "star".

He ain't "bought and paid for". Trinity is giving him a comfy free ride. He's just workin' up some spendin' cash. Wright being somebody's operative, other than his buddy Louis Farrakhan and co., are preposterous.
40 posted on 05/02/2008 7:15:20 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: contemplator
I agree.

Rev. Wright's absurd speech - I did not listen to all of it since his delivery is too annoying - might be the result of
*Hillary buying him off,
*his desire to keep Obama from winning since that would go counter to much that he has been preaching, and/or
*seeking publicity, and/or
*wanting to promote his forthcoming book - allegedly he has a book deal.

41 posted on 05/02/2008 7:23:24 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: billorites
“He compares America's international standing now with its high water mark in the mid-1940s.”

I wonder if Spike stops to think exactly what America was doing back then. We were not just fighting two countries, but three, and in the process invading a whole continent, not with a few hundred thousand troops, but with millions. We were firebombing cities, killing untold numbers of civilians, and even using atomic weapons on two Japanese cities. But we were liberating the world from the scourge of totalitarian rulers who waged war on others in the process, and the world was grateful.

We are doing much the same thing today, on a much lesser scale militarily, with a much lower loss of life, yet the world hates us. Interesting, isn't it?

42 posted on 05/02/2008 7:24:12 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: billorites
"He's a unifier." . . . Evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.
43 posted on 05/02/2008 7:27:43 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Man, that's stupid ... even by congressional standards.)
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To: F15Eagle

I think Wright is Obama’s “operative”....and if Obama were elected, he’s be Secretary of State or something.....it allows Obama to waste time on the poor bully....whom he would immediately “forgive” upon his election.


44 posted on 05/02/2008 7:53:27 AM PDT by goodnesswins (20 is the new 10)
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To: billorites; All
We all know that Black Americans vote Democratic to the tune of 90%. BUT, isn't there something racist about 90% of the Black vote going to the Black candidate in a Democratic Primary?

Am I right or wrong?
45 posted on 05/02/2008 7:54:29 AM PDT by no dems (The Democrats destroying each other gives me moments of pleasureable reflections.)
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To: contemplator

I think Jeremiah Wright is enjoying all the free publicity he’s getting to espouse his Black Liberation Theology views.

I don’t think he’s gonna shut up. What say ye?


46 posted on 05/02/2008 7:56:25 AM PDT by no dems (The Democrats destroying each other gives me moments of pleasureable reflections.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

A “unifier”??? There is not record of him ever reaching across the aisle in the IL State Senate or the U.S. Senate, no record whatsoever.


47 posted on 05/02/2008 7:57:57 AM PDT by no dems (The Democrats destroying each other gives me moments of pleasureable reflections.)
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To: goodnesswins

Yep. They have a demonstrable and proven history together. I ain’t buyin’ much of this dog-and-pony show except that if there is a true rift, then they’re just their self-serving selves.


48 posted on 05/02/2008 7:57:59 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: 50sDad

I LOVE YOUR TAGLINE ! ! ! Very witty play on words. I remember the Goldwater slogan from 1964.


49 posted on 05/02/2008 8:00:21 AM PDT by no dems (The Democrats destroying each other gives me moments of pleasureable reflections.)
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To: Dante3
allegedly he has a book deal.

WONDERFUL! I hope it comes out around October 1 and has plenty of pictures of him and Obama.
50 posted on 05/02/2008 8:02:35 AM PDT by no dems (The Democrats destroying each other gives me moments of pleasureable reflections.)
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