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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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Django Grinkiewicz    

Go to hell Spike Lee. Your just jealous you didn't think of making this movie yourself. Why play the RACE card??? Really? It's always Blacks who play the race card. Get over yourself and slavery. I don't know ANYONE who's owned ANYONE! Yes... I'm white. AND I'm OVER YOU. I will NEVER watch another really bad movie that you make again! I will watch Quintens though!

634 days ago
482.

Buck Runner     

For ALL of you angry white posters, America is a black and brown country! It's OURS you punks!!! Get the f*** out if you're so angry, go shoot up malls and schools in Norway, Demark or Findland if you want to live in a white country. Quit yer damned blubbering and simpering about the black and brown and Muslim people are scaring you. Like I said, if we scare you.....GET THE F*** OUT of OUR COUNTRY!!! ROFLMAO, punks!

634 days ago
483.

eric    

Don't we have a Black Pres. It's a movie for entertainment. Spike i just lost all respect for you. Been to Africa lately. they are killing there own people off faster than the Nazi's did the jews. Buy a one way ticket back sure you can start a basketball team up there.

634 days ago
484.

Buck Runner     

All I hear in these comments is whining and crying by spoiled baby white people who can't take the FACT that their WHITE country is no longer WHITE.........boooo hoooo hooooo I'm sowwy that the USA is no longer a white country. Boo hoo. Idiots!

634 days ago
485.

Carol    

I don't understand people who critisize a film they have not seen.
Spike needs to take a chill pill. I don't hear him bashing all these rappers who use the "n" word more in a 5 min 'song' than Tarantino uses in a 2 hour movie.
NOW who's the racist?
All from a man who made a movie about a black man and a white woman having an affair and titled the film with the stereo typical racists term for it.
Go away Spike. You haven't made anything worth watching in years. Don't be jealous.

634 days ago
486.

Buck Runner     

These are the sort of angry white comments that reveal to the world why these angry whiney white babies commenting here shoot up schools, movie theaters, Mosques and Sikh temples.

634 days ago
487.

Angus    

What the hell does this disgusting, hypocritical little jerk think he's doing by critisizing a real film maker? S***-bags like This Spike Lee are the reason there is so much distance between the races.
This sorry punk isn't worth listening to.
Spikey boy, get back in your tree.

634 days ago
488.

Buck Runner     

For ALL of you angry white posters, America is a black and brown country! It's OURS you punks!!! Get the f*** out if you're so angry, go shoot up malls and schools in Norway, Demark or Finland if you want to live in a white country. Quit yer damned blubbering and simpering about the black and brown and Muslim people are scaring you. Like I said, if we scare you.....GET THE F*** OUT of OUR COUNTRY!!! ROFLMAO, punks!

633 days ago
489.

FREISTY    

SPIKE WHO !!!!

633 days ago
490.

Quixane    

Spike who?

633 days ago
491.

cheryl    

Oh Lawd Spike... This Black woman says it's not a movie about slavery.... It's about a slave who sets out to get revenge. So we are not going to see the whole Sojourner Truth, Fredrick Douglass, ****eKente thing. This is Jamie Fox, Kerry Washington in a Quentin Taratino Movie!!!!! We know Tarantino is Crazily Creative and always brings it in a movie.... and I can't wait to see it!

633 days ago
492.

Rob    

What's the matter Spike??? Feeling irrelevant lately?
It seems that every so often you feel the need to stir up something to be "offended" by just to get your name back out there... why not do something positive on your own to get back in the lime light instead of bitching about what others are doing?

633 days ago
493.

Nate     

Who is Spike Lee?

633 days ago
494.

Bryan W    

Hey Spike,
I think your movie "Miracle at St. Anna" was more disrespectful than Django. Miracle was one of the worst movies ever done, so you pretty much insulted your own kind. Spikey, your 15 minutes is so over.

633 days ago
495.

egbert.matthews    

Hello Spike:
I am sorry for the african tribe that sold your forefathers to the slave traders; and for your forefathers, who preferred to stay in American when the abolishes offerred all africans/negros free passage back to African (does Sierre Leon ring a bell ?).
Spike, stay away from the Viagra---it was created by white people.
By the way, you can go and live in Africa !!!!!!!!!

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