Spike Lee: “Django Unchained” Is Disrespectful to Slaves

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“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.”[THR]

Director Spike Lee minced no words when he spoke out yesterday against the Christmas release Django Unchained from Quentin Tarantino. Calling the film “disrespectful”, he publicly shamed the movie for turning a “holocaust” into a “Spaghetti Western”.

He tweeted that, “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them.”

Earlier, he also told Vibe that he had little to say about Django because “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.”

Depending upon how the film is received by audiences and critics (it’s currently 90% on RottenTomatoes), you can be assured that there will be no shortage of opinions on Django Unchained. And this doesn’t even take into account the debate over Hollywood glamorizing violence in the wake of the Newtown school shooting tragedy.

Tell us what you think: is Spike Lee right? Or is a movie just a movie?

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