The 2014 '30 Under 30'

Congrats to this year's 30 -- check out the full list here!

Spike Lee refusing to watch “Django Unchained,” says it’s “disrespectful to my ancestors”

Notorious filmmaker Spike Lee is refusing to see Quentin Tarantino’s newest film Django Unchained, claiming “disrespectful” to his ancestors because of its depiction of slavery.

Lee  told VIBETV, ”I cant 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.”

Lee also used his Twitter account to berate the film, then retweeted a string of tweets from followers who responded. Most of the responses Lee retweeted either agreed with him or expressed skepticism of Django Unchained after hearing the famous filmmaker’s perspective.

Django Unchained features Foxx as a freed slave, who along with a bounty hunter, plots to attack the slave owners who took his wife away from him.

The way African-Americans are depicted in movies is a reoccurring concern of Lee’s. In 2008, he attacked Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers for not including black Marinesdespite the fact that no black marines were actually present at the historical event portrayed in the film.

This is not the first time Lee, who is the director of Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, and most recently Red Hook Summer, has criticized Tarantino’s films on racial lines, either. In 1998 Lee railed against Tarantino’s excessive use of the N-word in his films.

Lee is also not the first notable celebrity to slam Django Unchained. Tarantino has been under a microscope for his violent film since the Newtown massacre. As a result, Django Unchained was canceled just last week. Even Jamie Foxx, the star of Tarantino’s hyper-violent film, said violence in movies plays a part in violence in our culture. (Still scratching our heads about that one.)

Watch Lee’s full response to Django Unchained below.

[http://youtu.be/LJTIWe_71mw].

 

 

Comments

Comments

  1. Reb says:

    Spike Lee is a real fanatic eh? This entire subject is ridiculous it’s just another rich commie trying to make a senseless point useing some insane logic. First off violence in film is an irelevant subject, what are you going to do take up the hammer and syicle and restrict content on public telivision? No black marines, hahahaha theres your proof, there were’nt any there in real life, so there is no point in having it the film. Have any of these commies ever heard the phrase “it’s just a movie”?

Polititainment

Snoop Dog smoked pot in the White House

Snoop Dogg may just have officially inducted himself into President Obama's "Choom Gang." The rapper confessed -- or bragged, rather -- to Jimmy Kimmel on his Internet program "Double G News Network" that he smoked a joint in the White House bathroom back in 2013.

Michael Moore fights over money

According to The Detroit News, Michael Moore's divorce from Kathleen Glynn was provoked by monetary disagreements, specifically Moore's anger that his wife was spending tons of money expanding their lavish Michigan home. This home is just one of nine that the couple owns from Michigan to New York.

Cruz comments on his 'True Blood' cameo
After an unflattering depiction on HBO’s “True Blood” over the weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz took to Facebook to respond to the bizarre “cameo” Tuesday. “Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO’s True Blood vampire show would have to be near the top of the list. Sunday night, they aired a misogynist […]
Jenny McCarthy: Hillary could be lesbian

Tuesday's episode of "The View" spotlighted a recent New York Post report that claims former President Bill Clinton  has a mistress nicknamed "Energizer." The source of the Page Six story is a forthcoming book by Ronald Kessler entitled "The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents."

Pelosi talks naked photos on Colbert
Nancy Pelosi was a guest on The Colbert Report Monday night where she admittedly came on the show to push her “Middle Class Jumpstart” agenda. “What nefarious, northern California, San Francisco value are you pushing on the nation tonight?” Stephen Colbert sarcastically asked. Pelosi briefly explained that Jumpstart is a democratic plan that emphasizes the […]

White House

Congress and the President actually take action, Obama says ‘it’s so much fun’
“Girls just want to have fun,” Cyndi Lauper belts in her famous song. Apparently President Barack Obama wants to join her. “Let’s do this more often. It’s so much fun,” Obama said at a bill signing on Tuesday. Obama gathered in White House with members of Congress to sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This […]
Josh Earnest criticizes negative story for quoting anonymous sources, forgets the White House is always quoted anonymously

When White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest took a potshot at anonymous sources during a Monday briefing, he probably should have picked a meeker reporter.

Obama to fundraise at ‘Scandal’ creator Shonda Rhimes’ home Wednesday
It’s handled. The latest Democratic National Convention fundraiser featuring President Barack Obama, that is. “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes will host the latest in a series of Obama-led fundraisers at her Los Angeles home Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Obama has been hosting fundraisers all over the country in the midst of a border crisis and […]
President ignores foreign policy and immigration crises in weekly address
Rather than discussing the multiple foreign policy concerns or the border crisis, President Barack Obama used his weekly address Saturday morning to essentially repeat his speech on the economy and the middle class. “Our economy grows best not from the top-down, but from the middle-out.  We do better when the middle class does better.  So […]
Michelle Obama uses third annual Kids’ State Dinner contest to promote healthy eating, promises to give up french fries
Chef Elena Hirsch’s winning omelet recipe—aptly titled “Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-let” —landed the 11-year-old a seat at the third annual Kids’ State Dinner, held at the White House on Friday. Hirsch is one of the winners of this year’s “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge” contest.  The contest asks children ages 8 to 12  to submit healthy lunchtime recipes […]

Congress

Cruz to Reid: Leave Ritz-Carlton, go to Border
After President Obama turned him down, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) invited Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) to join him at the border.  In response to Reid’s recent claim that the border is secure, Cruz said on Fox News Sunday that Reid’s perspective is skewed because he “lives in the Ritz-Carlton in Washington D.C.” “I would invite […]
Graham: Immigration reform crucial for 2016
Immigration reform will be crucial to the 2016 presidential election, at least one Republican senator believes. Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press’” with David Gregory Sunday morning to discuss foreign policy and the border crisis. “Senator, the crisis on the border, immigration reform. This is an international problem. But it’s also a big […]
Cruz: Obama loves to blame problems on Bush
Why won’t President Barack Obama and Congress work to end Obama’s push for amnesty at the border? Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) believes the reason stems back to the Bush era. Cruz’s argument is that Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is the reason for the surge of child immigrants from Central America seeking illegal entry into […]
Rand Paul wants to see minimum wage be 'temporary'
Sen. Ran Paul has a very different take on minimum wage from the Obamas, a point of detraction he made clear Saturday at the Reboot conference for libertarians and conservatives in the tech sector. Unlike President Barack Obama, who wants to see the minimum wage raised nationwide so people can live permanently on it, Paul argues […]
AZ Rep is tweeting #ObamaFailures every 30 minutes
Rep. Trent Franks from Arizona must have woken up Wednesday with a lot on his mind. Luckily in times like that, Twitter is always there for you. Franks took to his official Twitter page to begin a list of #ObamaFailures. Every 30 minutes he tweets another failure to add to the list and will continue […]