Spike Lee to Tarantino: Slavery Isn't 'Spaghetti Western'
He slams 'Django Unchained'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2012 6:41 AM CST
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(Newser) – Quentin Tarantino's Civil-War-era Django Unchained is getting good reviews from critics and audiences alike, but don't count Spike Lee in the thumbs-up camp. "I can't speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it," he tells Vibe. "All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors." That's more restrained than an earlier tweet in which he called US slavery a "holocaust" that should not be treated like a "Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western." E! Online notes that's there's no love lost between the two directors, with Lee previously calling out Tarantino for excessive use of the n-word.

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thecutest
Jan 2, 2013 7:41 PM CST
I've spoken with Spike Lee before and he's really a sweet and insightful man--believe me, I was shocked. I didn't expect him to be so kind and humble. That said, I think he should see 'Django Unchained' before rushing to judgment about it. I saw the film and thought it treated slavery with a strange realism and humor in all the right places. The slaves were never objectified and the violence made the slave traders and owners look stupid--not the slaves. There are all kinds of movies and comedy sketches that make Nazis look like laughingstocks--why not slave traders? I'm proud of Tarantino for not being afraid or embarrassed to poke fun at the ignorance and stupidity of slavery and those involved with it. That's what 'Django' does.
right2dave
Dec 28, 2012 7:37 AM CST
What Mom would name her child "Spike?"
right2dave
Dec 28, 2012 7:36 AM CST
The only person that listens to Spike Lee is Spike Lee.