In news most people could probably see coming from a mile away, filmmaker Spike Lee has a problem with Quentin Tarantino‘s new movie, Django Unchained.
Lee is telling Vibe that the new film, out now, is “disrespectful to my ancestors.” Okay, Mr. Lee, that’s an interesting point you make. Why don’t you back it up with some evidence from the film? What’s that? You haven’t even seen the film? Well, take it from this former Film Studies student, you’re getting an F on that term paper.
It seems that Lee prefaced his bold criticism with a disclaimer: “I can’t speak on it ’cause I’m not gonna see it.” But of course he did speak on it, so that disclaimer is pretty much useless.
To make matters even worse, the film’s star Jamie Foxx told Vibe that Lee initially praised what the filmmakers were doing and said he wouldn’t criticize it: “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.’” Lies!
Lee even took to Twitter, the ultimate celebrity ranting platform, to extend his two cents to a lot of cents: “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves.Stolen From Africa.I Will Honor Them.” The capitalization only leads me to believe that’s the title of his next film, but I’m not sure.
I haven’t seen Django Unchained, so I can’t argue against his criticisms. They would be acceptable claims to make if he had actually seen the film in order to come to that conclusion. But he hasn’t seen the film, and everyone knows there’s only one movie franchise you can get away with criticizing without actually seeing any of the movies, and that franchise is Twilight (anything by Michael Bay comes in at a close second).
So Mr. Lee, if you want to rant about a movie, rant about how Breaking Dawn — Part 2 would make Bram Stoker cry or how New Moon undermines the integrity of wolves by giving them six packs. Take it from me; I’m thinking of writing a serious book on those topics, and I’ve only seen the first movie!
(via Rolling Stone)
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