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Spike Lee is slamming the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained, stating that he will not watch the “disrespectful” film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker was asked about the highly anticipated film, which stars the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx, by Vibe. He responded, “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."
Additionally, Lee expressed his displeasure towards the film, writing on Twitter, “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves.Stolen From Africa.I Will Honor Them.”
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
THR notes that Lee has long had issue with Tarantino’s film, especially his 1997 tribute, Jackie Brown. Lee criticized the film saying, “I have a definite problem with Quentin Tarantino’s excessive use of the n-word. And 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."