Skip to comments.Rapper: Spike Lee Is 'Hollywood's Resident House Negro' for Criticizing Tarantino
Posted on 01/16/2013 7:56:00 AM PST by chessplayer
Former 2 Live Crew rapper turned music promoter and VH1 star Luther Campbell isn't pleased with Spike Lee's comments about filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and the new movie "Django Unchained."
Writing at his Miami NewTimes blog Tuesday, Campbell called Lee "Hollywood's resident house negro."
For those unfamiliar with the controversy, Lee has come down strongly on Tarantino for amongst other things his excessive use of the N-word in the film.
"Show me a white man in the 1800s who wasn't dropping n-bombs left and right," Campbell responded.
"Lee needs to get over himself," Campbell continued. "He's upset because Tarantino makes better movies. The man who put Malcolm X on the big screen is Hollywood's resident house negro; a bougie activist who wants to tell his fellow white auteurs how they can and can't depict African Americans."
"Lee could never pull off a movie like this," said Campbell as he crescendoed toward a conclusion. "When he's not being an ass from his court side seats during New York Knicks games, he's making bull crap films that most African Americans cannot relate to."
"Spike is upset because Samuel L. Jackson's character in the movie is just like him," Campbell added, "a conniving and scheming Uncle Tom."
A bourgeois activist. Yeah, right. Where do people like these pea-brained "rappers" get this radical left wing rhetoric?
Pass the popcorn.
Don’t let me stop him from bashing spike, however I highly doubt that most men of the 1800’s were using ni#@%r like todays people use “you know”
Spike Lee never made a good film, so he criticizes anyone who does.
Remember when Steven Spielberg made “The Color Purple”, he was all up in arms that a white man dared to make a movie about black people.
He’s just an anti-white racist.
He cannot make a decent film himself, so angrily lashes out at anyone who can.
Campbell makes some good points. The “N-word” was indeed a part of everyday language, and I’d imagine in the antebellum South, it was likely used pretty frequently.
And yes, Tarantino is a better filmmaker. Spike Lee could never have pulled off a film like “Django Unchained” (which is actually pretty darn good.....I found it better than “Inglorious Basterds”).
They’re ALL idiots.
It seems that the entire AA community has assumed the role of House Slave in the Democrat mansion.
If they serve their masters the votes they desire, they are taken care of and promised security and an easy life in exchange for giving up notions of being truly free and independent people.
Should have added “Cornball Brother” to his rant just for good measure.
Read Huckleberry Finn if you want to see how often “the N-word” was used in everyday life.
This is like trying to criticize Shakespear for excessive use of “Thee” and “Thou” and “Me-thinks”
There’s always some entertainment value to hearing anyone go off on a pretentious ass like Spike Lee but keep in mind that Campbell’s claim to fame was the “Me So Horny” song that got George Bush I flustered. Not sure why he’s being held up as worthy of an article.
I have no idea who often people said N_ _ _ _ _ in the 1800s. I’ve read that the word “Nigra” was used a lot. The N_ _ _ _ _ _ word was used a lot in the 50s and 60s and it’s being used more and more now. Just look at the movie. Not long ago the word was never said in a movie.
A excellent point. And in “Django Unchained”, the Dr. King Schultz character never uses it.
His character is quite interesting....an inversion of the Magic Negro trope. And of course, he’s a really good actor; fun to watch. I thought he did a great job. To be honest, all of the cast did really well. DiCaprio and Sam Jackson were great.
“The Wartime Papers of R.E. Lee” contain 1006 letters in almost a thousand pages.
Not one N_____ word that I’ve found.
My great-great grandfather was general in the Union Army, wrote his memoirs.
Not one N________ word.
So, there’s two.
‘Guess Lee never read Huckleberry Finn.
“He cannot make a decent film himself, so angrily lashes out at anyone who can.”
Not to mention he has short man syndromee from only being 4’ nothing!
The word in question is derived from the Latin adjective niger-nigra-nigrum, meaning “black”. It would have been value neutral at the time, only gaining its pejorative connotation since Reconstruction.
Cambell makes Spike Lee look good.
How can we help nurture this wonderful internecine warfare progress to the next several levels?
Interesting. Since Django is set before Reconstruction, the pejorative use of word in question in the film is inaccurate?
I’m not an expert in this subject, that’s an educated guess. The fact that blacks themselves use the word affectionately or casually in addressing each other suggests that it hasn’t always been an insult to them.
I guess neither of you bothered to read the article. The rapper was criticizing Spike Lee for being too pro-white. But heck, if you’re a Freeler, why bother to read the article before sounding off? Nobody else does.
I did read the article. What are you complaining about?
Because most of the commenters got it all wrong. The rapper was charging Spike Lee, who made some reasonable complaints about Tarantino’s odious film, of being a bourgeois white lackey. So why are people cheering for the rapper?
I will give you the fact that the article was very poorly written and probably many people didn’t have any idea what the point of it was.
You said it best, they’re ALL idiots.
Well I most certainly never cheered for either of them.