Prior to the release of Django Unchained, Lee gave his word to Django’s lead character, Jamie Foxx, that he wouldn’t go in on the flick.
Foxx even spoke of their conversation in a recent interview, stating:
“You know Spike, he’ll let you have it whether it’s good, bad or ugly. And he said, ‘I’m not going to say anything bad about this film. It looks like y’all are getting it.’”
Well… scratch all that!
Spike apparently feels some kinda way about the film now and is now calling Quentin Tarantino’s latest creation, “disrespectful”.
In fact, Lee says he’s not even going to bother viewing the film! Lee explained to Vibe:
I cant speak on it ’cause I’m not gonna see it.
All I’m going to say is that it’s disrespectful to my ancestors. That’s just me…I’m not speaking on behalf of anybody else.
While there is definitely a ton of “N” bombs dropped in the film (for the record, “Nigger” was spoken approximately 110 times by various characters, according to online reports), the film is billed as a fictional tale that pokes fun at several serious situations.
American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves.Stolen From Africa.I Will Honor Them.
— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) December 22, 2012
Spike Lee isn’t the only one who feel’s ‘some kinda way’ about the film, Tavis Smiley also tweeted his thoughts, stating:
Django Unchained — a spoof on slavery: Hollywood’s Christmas gift for Negroes. Thanks, you shouldn’t have.
— Tavis Smiley(@tavissmiley) December 24, 2012
Have you ventured out to see Django Unchained yet?
What are your thoughts about the controversial film?