Spike Lee Won't See 'Django,' Calls It 'Disrespectful'
5 months ago
The filmmaker has long had an issue with director Tarantino's approach to race.
At least one person won't be on line at the Christmas Day opening of 'Django Unchained': Spike Lee. The director says he finds the film's approach to slavery “disrespectful,” and that he won't be going to see it. When asked about the film starring Jamie Foxx, the prolific screenwriter and filmmaker said, “I can’t 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.”
Lee, who’s directed "Malcolm X" and more recently "Red Hook Summer," has long been critical of 'Django' director Quentin Tarantino, his choice of subject matter, and his excessive use of the N-word. Both directors tend to turn their lenses on race in one way or another. Lee later took to Twitter, responding to fans that didn’t agree with his views. “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them.”
'Django' features more than 100 uses of the N-word and paints a very graphic depiction of slavery, stirring debate on whether the movie provides an appropriate re-enactment of the times or is just a superficial melodrama. (HollywoodReporter)