Spike Lee: Hollywood Clueless About Black People

Sundance speech gets testy
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2012 1:52 PM CST
Spike Lee Erupts at Sundance Screening of New Film, 'Red Hook Summer'
Spike Lee, writer/director of "Red Hook Summer," is interviewed at the premiere of the film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

(Newser) – Spike Lee screened his latest film—Red Hook Summer, a quasi-sequel to Do the Right Thing—at the Sundance Film Festival last night, but what really got people talking was the profanity-laden tirade he delivered in the Q&A afterward. The fireworks started when surprise attendee Chris Rock stood up and asked how the movie would have been different if Lee had gone through a studio. "What else would have happened? Would you have blown up some shit?" he asked, according to the Wrap.

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Lee vehemently responded that he had never considered using a studio. "They know nothing about black people. Nothing!" he declared. "I didn’t want to hear no motherf---ing notes from the studio telling me … about what a young 13-year-old boy and girl would do in Red Hook. f--- no." He then briefly berated Universal Pictures for not green-lighting an Inside Man sequel, before getting hold of himself. "Sorry for that motherf---ing tirade," he said. (Read more Spike Lee stories.)

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