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Quentin Tarantino’s much-talked about film “Django Unchained” starring Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio, opened on Christmas day. While the movie has its supporters, several have spoken out in criticism of the slavery-inspired film.

Spike Lee is the latest to add his voice to the conversation around “Django” in a recent interview with Vibe. He told the magazine:

“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 didn’t expound on why he felt it was disrespectful, but others have taken issue with its excessive use of the N-word. Also, many feel its an entertainment-focused exercise in revisionist history that turns slavery into a Western movie. The most controversial viewpoint sees “Django” as a tool to assuage white guilt.

Toure wrote an opinion piece on the movie for MSNBC, calling it a heroic love story and claiming: “He gives us masters dying at the hands of a freed slave on a mission to liberate his wife. I wonder if our ancestors would find that disrespectful.”

What do you think of the film, Clutchettes? Will you go see it?

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  • NJ

    I recently saw Roots again so I was ready for Django. Frankly, I’ve been waiting all my life for the fantasy slave revenge movie. if Spike had wanted to make this movie he could have. He is indeed much more the arthouse auteur and Quentin Tarantino is the king of commercially successful B movies with great production values. Spike Lee is also welcome to his opinion, although I disagree. You were supposed to revile Samuel Jackson’s character, so he played the hell out of that role. But let’s remember who Sam Jackson is. He’s hardly Stepin Fetchit. He wanted to play the character as a challenge that was way out of his comfort zone. And given that he’s usually an unapologetic, badass, he was successful. I understand the same could be said for DiCaprio from interviews I’ve read by both on the process. That didn’t take away from Jamie Foxx’s triumph as Django. Bravo, encore.

  • as long as we take ourstory from white people we will continue to have problems…

  • Niqi

    Spike is not the only one who has spoken out against this movie,why just focus on him?

  • Linda Davis

    Lee is a hypocrite; he’s in no position to criticize this film regardless of how bad it may be. He has consistently exploited issues within the Black community, and he seems to have an obsession with white women as he has often placed them in the center of black stories. Perhaps the worst offense was dedicating 45 minutes to Malcolm having an affair with a white woman or the 2 soldiers fighting over an unknown white woman in Massacre at St. Anna. Then there’s the Jungle Fever where there was none and Denzel f… a white ho. And don’t forget that ridiculous School Daze wherein dark skin black women and light skin black women were at each others throats.

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