Filmmaker Spike Lee made national headlines when he decided to publicly boycott fellow director Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Django Unchained. Lee called the slavery revenge flick disrespectful to his ancestors and said he refused to watch it.
However, Lee’s comments are clearly not the view of all Black America as civil rights activist Dick Gregory has spoken out in favor of the film. Gregory, who wrote the 1964 autobiography “Nigger,” said some of Lee’s work has been more disrespectful to his ancestors than Django Unchained.
“That lil thug ain’t even seen the movie, he’s acting like he’s white…so it must be something personal, because when I looked at all those black entertainers, that know Spike Lee, how are you going to attack this man and don’t be attacking them,” Gregory said in an interview with YouTube channel, W.E. A.L.L. B.E. T.V.
“You’re saying, ‘everybody’s a fool but me?’ [Talking about] ‘it offended my ancestors,’ but when you did ‘She’s Got To Have It’ and some of those other thug movies you did… when you took Malcolm X and put a Zoot suit on him, red hat…did that offend your ancestors, punk?”
Gregory went on to say that it’s all a game and he’s glad Lee’s comments didn’t affect the movie’s success. “Whatever he’s mad about, it’s something that happened way, way a long time ago,” he said. “Thank God it didn’t work, that movie has made up close to $400 million.’
What do you think of Dick Gregory’s comments? Do you agree with his point of view or do you support Spike Lee?