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.
American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves.Stolen From Africa.I Will Honor Them.— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) December 22, 2012
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 Marines, despite 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.