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Django Unchained is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, but director Spike Lee won't be seeing it.
Lee called the Quentin Tarantino film “disrespectful,” telling Vibe 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."
Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio, the film looks at the brutal torture of slaves and also shows a more comedic side.
He also tweeted "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee, whose film credits include Malcom X and the most recent one Red Hook Summer, responded to a Twitter user who said the film shouldn’t be taken seriously by writing, “Wrong.Birth Of A Nation Got Black Folks Lynced [sic]. Media Is Powerful. DON'T SLEEP. WAKE UP YO."
Furthermore, Lee has been vocal about Tarantino’s dealings with race in his films, saying in 1997 after Jackie Brown came out “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."
Here's the trailer for Django Unchained: