Spike to Clint: 'We're Not on a Plantation'

But he takes 'Obama high road,' wishing Dirty Harry 'peace and love'
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2008 7:23 PM CDT
Spike Lee has criticized Clint Eastwood for not including black actors in his films about World War II.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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(Newser) – Clint Eastwood told him to “shut his face,” but Spike Lee is talking back in full force: “The man is not my father, and we’re not on a plantation,” he said. Lee further chided the star director for ignoring blacks in his WWII films, calling him "an angry old man" and saying, “Not everything was John Wayne, baby.”

"Many veterans, African-Americans, who survived that war are upset at Clint Eastwood," Lee said. "In his vision of Iwo Jima, Negro soldiers did not exist. Simple as that." But he added, “He’s a great director. I'm going to take the Obama high road, and end it right here. Peace and love.”