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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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Hannah Bakk    

Go eff yourself Spike Lee, I am sooo sick of "this is disrespectful" "this is racist" blah blah blah! Get over yourself.

579 days ago
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TNastyFunktown    

Before anyone leaves here with too hurt of feelings, remember that having the mask of anonymity can bring out the worst of human nature. So, don't get too emotional over racist comments. Trying to appeal to the better judgement of these people is not worth your time. As far as Spike concerned, if he isn't even going to see the movie his opinion on it means nothing.

579 days ago
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773to702    

no they were just hung,castrated,raped,burned alive,skinbed alive etc etc

579 days ago
79.

TheMachine1    

He should see the movie before he criticizes it.

579 days ago
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SciGuy13    

Spike Lee is still relavant?

579 days ago
81.

Dymes23    

Oh boo whoo a movie about slavery. With a twist of a slave getting freed and killing slave owners. Sounds compelling and uplifting for any ancestor. and I want spike lee to realize my ancestors are native American whom of which walked the trail of tears and who's land was completely taken from them and whom are still MIA treated today. slavery is something that has happened in every region in the world. And the use of the n word is so mainstream its ok for white people to use it and say it most black circles I know this cuz I've witnessed it. And yes it is rap musics fault and yes I do like rap and hip hop. but quit crying spike lee l

579 days ago
82.

Stacy    

Spike, get over yourself already!!!!!

579 days ago
83.

Joey    

SPIKE LEE IS DISRESPECTFUL TO ALL BASKETBALL FANS THAT GO TO SEE AN NBA GAME NOT THIS LITTLE TWIT RUNNING ON THE COURT AND YELLING AT THE OFFICIALS.
HEY SPIKE WHAT MOVIES HAVE YOU MADE IN THE LAST 10 YEARS? ZERO

579 days ago
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SilkyG     

Wonder what's Spike's opinion of Roots is. Oh wait, he probably hasn't seen that either...lol

579 days ago
85.

Ken     

Hey Spike "YOUR" people were not stolen they were SOLD by there own people

579 days ago
86.

PictureUp    

Spike,most of your movies have been disrespectful to white people!!

579 days ago
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Ken     

Spike is a clown . Be a man spike and just say you hate Q cause he is white

579 days ago
88.

bud    

youre disrepectful to my ancestors spike

579 days ago
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Danielle123    

Spike Lee has a reputation for his statements and can be a bit of a loon but I have to admit that everything that he's been saying lately, I have agreed with. When he stated that the Madea movies were coonery, I agreed. They do nothing for AAs; all that is done is to highlight and glorify every possible stereotype. This is why I have stopped watching Tyler Perry's movies and refuse to watch or support it. Perry topped it when he hired Kartrashian for the role in his movie; knowing good and well there are talent actresses (both up and coming as well as those that are known) that would have killed to been given a shot. Instead he gives it to that talentless pornstar. Anywho, now that Spike is discussing Quentin Tarantino, I agree with him as well. When it comes to blacks in his movies, it's always something off about it. Tarantino has been controversial for this; it is not a new issue so stop with the hate towards Spike Lee for actually saying something when he is not the only one.

579 days ago
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Method2Mdns    

It seems like caucasian ppl are just on here repeating each others comments, because they think it sounds good! You make the comment about "your ppl sold your ppl" not even mentioning that it wasnt just about slavery, it became about skin color at the end of the day. You don't mention the killings, beatings, and injustice that went on due to hatred of skin color!! Dont just mention one thing and not the other!!

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