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Spike Lee

RIPS 'DJANGO'

Movie Is 'Disrespectful to My Ancestors'

12/24/2012 9:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Spike Lee says he REFUSES to see Quentin Tarantino's new flick, "Django Unchained" when it opens tomorrow ... claiming the slavery-revenge movie is "disrespectful to my ancestors."

Lee first went off on "Django" during an interview with Vibe Magazine ... when he was asked for his thoughts on the subject matter and gave the following response:

"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."

He later tweeted about the movie -- "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves.Stolen From Africa.I Will Honor Them."

"Django" -- which stars Jamie Foxx as a slave who kills slave-owners in the Deep South -- has been drenched in controversy for weeks ... with some critics upset that the n-word is uttered more than 110 times during the movie.
 
Back in 1997,Lee told the media he had problem with Tarantino's "excessive use of the n-word" in the movie "Jackie Brown." Lee explained, "Let the record state that I never said that he cannot use that word -- I’ve used that word in many of my films -- but I think something is wrong with him."

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451.

fedupwithwhiners    

HEY SPIKED DRINK LEE!! NOBODY CARES IF YOU DONT GO SEE THE MOVIE!! WHILE YOU R NOT SEEING THE MOVIE STUDY UR ANCESTORS HISTORY BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT STOLEN,.THEY WERE SOLD BY YOUR ANCESTORS AND WHERE WOULD U B IF THEY HADNT BEEN SOLD TO AMERICA!!! GET OVER WHAT HAPPENED 200 YRS AGO..YOU ARE BENEFITING FROM IT NOW..SHUT YOUR RACIST MOUTH. OH AND IF A WHITE PERSON SAYS N!GGER THEN THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THEM BUT WHEN A BLACK SAYS N!GGER THAT IS NORMAL....HYPOCRIT!!! GO LIVE IN AFRICA AND TALK TO YOUR SO CALLED ANCESTORS!! MAYBE THEY WILL LET YOU CRY ON THEIR SHOULDER!! BE THANKFUL FOR YOUR ANCESTOR'S SUFFERING TO BENEFIT YOUR UNGRATEFUL A$$$!

637 days ago
452.

gunit    

Spike...since you like to talk about your ancestors being mistreated.How about you going to africa where your fellow africans are being tortured, murdered,and enslaved by your own people right now.what are you doing about that?..you have the resources but apparently are too comfortable in your wonderful life that YOU have here..thanks to the WHITE man...your kid even goes to a private school i hear....guess what.. your ancestors and relatives are STILL being enslaved and mudrered in Africas Genocide as we speak..DO THE RIGHT THING and HELP them instead of complaining about your wonderful life here....guess your too much of a coward to go there ...typical racist black...

637 days ago
453.

mtlhd1955    

Actually Spike, NOBODY CARES.

637 days ago
454.

Jersey    

Thank you Spike Lee!!! Thank God someone else is as outraged about Django as I am. It is outrageous that a slavery movie would be made whether true or not true in this day and age. It is disgusting to keep playing out the pain that our ancestors endured. Both black and white folks who participate in and produce slavery films should be ashamed of themselves. Blacks are just as much the blame for keeping this pain going. Shame on BET for playing Roots during a joyful holiday season. There is nothing joyful about roots. Shame on the actors and actresses for taking a role in a slavery film in this day and age. We all know what happened by now. Shame on you for taking the role. Stand up for something. Don't you have enough money.

637 days ago
455.

Noicc    

Spike is retarded about QT using the N word with his black characters. If your writing a black character involved in a life in crime and he doesn't use that word here and there, your not writing realistic dialogue. That's what QT does. If you haven't noticed, QT isn't writing PC stories.

637 days ago
456.

Tronslayer    

Love the double standard. Spike can have it said in his movies but a white man shouldn't be saying it in his. Spike's wondering since we haven't talked about him much recently maybe he's no longer relevant? Spike make a rant and see if you get your 15 minutes for the day out of it. Dang looks like you did. Guess you can feel warm and fuzzy for Christmas.

637 days ago
457.

Melody    

@ Quatanvicious Sagitavous Jones,

1. Barack Obama will forever be a black man with a beuaitful black family, mixed heritage or not! and yes!
and mixed black child will soon learn the reality of being a black child in the world, through expriences in life and rejections based on the color of their skin, sometime in their life time! being mixed does not take away from being proud of both heritages, it's just a reality of culture and apperance in the world we live in! especially being mixed with black and white, and having more noticable African traits.
2. Black people historically are very faith in God Almighty, intelligent, well mannored and amazing people. As far as education, the first University in the world was in Timbuktu Africa, that Euoropeans and non Euorpeans came to study. Those "so called" Greek philosphers learned form the best thinkers, atronomers and educators in the world came from a black people , whom you labled uncivilized. These beautiful African black hebrew Ethiopian/Egyptian/Sumerian/Mesopatamian people. These people, my people taught the world over, took it back to their nations and cloned it as their own.
3. If it weren't for the black mother and father there would be no other racial offsprings in the world. Far as your comment, "if it weren't for white people, blacks would still run around with bones in our noses". Being that the Egyptian blacks had the first great civilization, kingdoms, palaces and loads of billions in their day. These people were civilized, educated, powerful, no bones in their noses or running around butt naked 24/7. Unlike the European offspring of the blond haired blue-eyed "cave man", who had no lanuage, no logic, ate raw meat, walked on all fours, thought he was an animal, beat his women. The African was living large! When the cave man decided to come back home (the prodical son), to his African mother and father after being froze in the snow, he was taught to speak, cook his food, read and write and know he was not on an equal level as a wild animal, but God created him to reign over the animals of the field. He got jealous and stole the history away from his mother and father and became greedy!
4. The land of Canaan/Israel means to this day, " Land of blacks". So if you think black people never were civilized, a history of ignorant bafoons, you are dead WRONG!
5. Black people are not the only people on public assistence, and not all balck folks are on aid. We work like every other human being, who has to survive. There are more Latino's and whites on welfare than black people, the population of us is very small in America. There are more poor whites in America that wealthy by far! black people don't want a hand out, we want a chance! by the way AMERICA..WHERE IS OUR 40 ACRES AND A MULE?
6. You really need to rsearch your findings before you go into ignorant stereotypes of a people that do not think the same, act the same, conduct our lives the same! Would it be just as ignorant of me to stereotype all white people the same? yes! it would! ...
7. Don't you think the reason why so many black men and boys are locked up...to destroy, decieve and lessen the procreation factor. Black men are not the only race of men in prison. The thing is white men do white collar crimes and get away with their bs! white poor folks do a crime and get less time than black or latin people. Institutional racism 101. It's all a big SET-UP! You may think that black people are soo horrible and unsavable. Never count US out! never judge a book by it's cover! We and Indaians made America, we are going to grab America by the horns for all it's worth! and if you truly believe that the black population is going down..well...thanks to mixture of black blood, we are multiplying the black race! To sir, I say..take the Klan Hood off, learn how to read, stop buyng into the media evil, stereotypical, unfounded bs and get a life! like they say.."Don't hate the playa, hate the game"!

637 days ago
458.

Greg    

last i read was that africans sold other africans to dutch slave traders,so nobody was stolen you whiney piece of crap

637 days ago
459.

French Ribera    

It's amazing how he can have such an opinion without even having seen the movie. Why doesn't Jamie Foxx feel the same way if it's so disrespectful? "His ancestors" were offended? Did he ask them? If he claims to be an American, why wasn't he so offended at that ridiculous movie "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"? But its fine for him say that white men can't jump. He's a race baiter just like Jesse Jackson or Sharpton. I doubt his ancestors would be as offended by a movie as they were by what REALLY happened to them. That's ridiculous to think they would endure what they did and then stoop to complaining about a friggin movie. Just you, Spike. He says he's only speaking on his own behalf, but he also claims to be speaking on behalf of "his ancestors". Make up your mind.

637 days ago
460.

Buck Runner     

You know what's hilarious. It's how Tarantino has gotten whites who hate blacks to support a "kill whitey" movie. LOL "morans". You idiots are brilliant.

637 days ago
461.

Buck Runner     

And the white anger and whine fest continues. Quit YER blubbering and simpering!!!! Bunch a white whiney babies mad that ALL minorities voted as a majority of their populations for Barack and white people voted as a majority for Romney and LOST!!!! L! O! S! T! Crying and whining about this NOT BEING A WHITE COUNTRY ANYMORE! Quit yer crying!!! Angry white babies!!!

637 days ago
462.

dan    

HAHAAHHA SPikes Mad, no one gives a **** about what you think, making movies that were disrespectful to white folks is ok though, This guy was probably offended by Call of duty killing black folks, but didn't care about the Spanish and Europeans and Americans that were killed in the game. STFU Spike, why don't you make a relevant movie based on race in 2013 that is actually realistic ....how bout that, or make something ****ing ENTERTAINING otherwise shut your ****ing mouth no one cares....juts sayin

637 days ago
463.

dan    

Seriously **** Spike Lee, typical idiot that will stab at the white man, but dare even say that he isnt "African American, hes black" and he gets his pretty little panties in a wad. **** you spike lee, **** you TMZ, **** you anyone thats offended by this movie, if ya dont like it dont go see it. Oh and **** the ****bag reprter trying to drum up numbers by rousing this out of him. Spike ya dont wana see it fine, I wont miss you in the thetatres...

637 days ago
464.

Secret    

Here is to all you racist white pigs there who gives a ticket about your dumb ass opinion I hate racist white people if we are monkeys then you are pigs related to Hitler reborn in America a human waist. Peckerwood with no nose no history always trying to post your dumb quotes your race is a disgrace most white will be in hell with the devil cuzz they are devils merry tucking Christmas!!! White hitches!!

637 days ago
465.

Secret    

**** off you stupid racist pigs if we are monkeys you are Hitler reborn just human waist a peckerwood with no nose I hate racist white people...

637 days ago
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