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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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HappyCamper    

Spike had a chance to enlighten all of us, but he missed it. Come on Spike, let us know what is the acceptable amount of times a black person can say the word ****** and what is the acceptable amount of times a white person can say the word ******? This is a one of the more important social issues confronting society today. Please help us O Great Spike!

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paul a.    

Remember Quentin in Pulp Fiction "Dead N-word Storage" scene?. I, too, thought he was enjoying saying that to Samuel's face a little too much..... just saying

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Ed Feldman    

Li'l Spike's Righteous Indignation regarding His People's Heritage might carry more weight if it differed in virulence and/or tone from what he used to yell at Reggie Miller.

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