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.”