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Jamie Foxx: Spike Lee Was “Irresponsible” With Comments

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Jamie Foxx and the director of his latest film, Quentin Tarantino, have taken a lot of heat over the controversial story behind “Django Unchained”.

While many say it’s Tarantino’s best work yet, some say the film’s portrayal of slavery and the marketing of “slave dolls” is in poor taste. The latter group includes iconic director Spike Lee, who took to Twitter to give his opinion on the movie and the dolls.

There are many, many more where that came from, but you get the idea. “Django” star Jamie Foxx recently spoke about Lee’s words, calling them “irresponsible”.

“The question for me is: Where is Spike Lee coming from? He didn’t like Whoopi Goldberg, he doesn’t like Tyler Perry, he doesn’t like anybody, I think he’s sort of run his course. I mean, I respect Spike, he’s a fantastic director. But he gets a little shady when he’s taking shots at his colleagues without looking at the work. To me, that’s irresponsible,” he said.

Foxx isn’t the only one with words for Lee; 2 Live Crew member Luther Campbell recently spoke up in defense of the film, as well.

“Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is a brilliant flick that more accurately depicts the African American experience than any of the 15 movies about black culture Lee’s directed in his lifetime. Lee needs to get over himself. He’s upset because Tarantino makes better movies. The man who put Malcolm X on the big screen is Hollywood’s resident house negro; a bougie activist who wants to tell his fellow white auteurs how they can and can’t depict African Americans. Spike is upset because Samuel L. Jackson’s character in the movie is just like him: a conniving and scheming Uncle Tom,” he said.

Lee’s Twitter account has been inundated with responses to his tweets, both good and bad. You can check out the rest of them here.

Jamie Foxx: Spike Lee Was “Irresponsible” With Comments
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  • Joel

    Just wanted to comment on Jamie Fox. If you havent seen the lastest Saturday night live where Jamie Fox hosted, WEll OMG. Check out the monolog opening. Its was all about, “How Black in That!” I have never seen as must reverse racism in my life. Thats all I’m going to say!

    • Benjamin Jones

      No such animal as reverse racism, racism is racism. I actually enjoyed the movie and we should always remember, the we see things the way we are, or do we see them what it is.

  • Robert Currie

    Message to Jamie Fox and Sam Jackson. I saw the movie and I felt it disrespected and ridiculed slavery. I believe Jamie Fox and Sam Jackson sold out for money in taking part in this movie that makes fun of slavery. Have there been any movies that make fun of the holocaust? The use of the word Nigger was excessive and caucasians immensely entertained with this calamity.

  • Robert Currie

    I nominate Sam Jackson and Jamie Fox for sellouts of the year for their portrayals in Django Unchained. As always, some blacks will do anything for money. Sam and Jamie should take the money they were paid and go buy some black pride. Some roles should be turned down regardless of the money or producer involved in the project. The movie hardly came across as a tender love story. It was a calamity mocking the brutal aspects of slavery.

    • http://google Brenden

      did u at least see the movie? QT depicts the horror of slavery like no one has since roots. 90% of the movie is focused on the horrors of slavery and the story is centered around it. I highly doubt you’ve seen the movie. You don’t hear any famous African-Americans who have actually seen the movie complaining about it do you? …………. Exactly. So shut up and leave. Thank you.

    • http://yahoo shane

      i agree with you robert 100% killuminati

  • Veto

    People are too f-ing sensitive, none of you never was slaves and 90 percent of you never been to Africa, Did you all her Jews getting upset about inglorious bastards, get a grip on life people.

    • http://google Brenden

      F**k you. Why are you generalizing the whole African-American population on one person? 99% of African-Americans enjoyed this movie. Spike Lee is the only known one speaking about this. So get your head out of your ass because you sound as ignorant as Spike here.

  • PDW

    What I am offended by is that everyone can tell a story about people of color and there’s always going to be someone who won’t like it. My point is, has anyone seen Schindler’s List? How about Sophie’s Choice? That was a tragedy in history and no one is disputing the ugliness that occurred so why then isn’t is possible that black people were treated like they were less than dog shit? Do you all think it never happened? Or, are you just uncomfortable with the truth? It’s funny that people can dish it but can’t take it. People, get over it, please.

    • UDONNO

      You dont get it–Spike has a very VALID point. He’s not upset at the n-word or a white director making a slave movie– no he is upset on HOW it was made– that Tarantino made a slave movie in the format of a CAMPY spaghetti western! yes slavery happened and a s a tragic moment of history it should be shown in a serious light like –ummm ohh lets see; Schindler’s List, or Sophie’s Choice, etc– the Jewish Holocaust is always portrayed in a serious tone of reverence and respect for the victims. As shown in Inglorious Basterds— there were no GRAPHIC scenes of jews being tortured. yes it happened! — but Tarantino was not *ALLOWED* to show any of that, so he made Django! –cuz no one gives 2 foks about the black holocaust,, well except Spike lee.

  • john demirjian

    we mean for nigger to read n i g g e r and nothing short of it. Alas, it is a word given fire by its contest, but it is just a word nonetheless.

  • vic

    Lee reminds me of the old Sax player who first heard Coltrane. he just set in the corner and ridicule ’cause he could not comprehend the brillance at hand.

  • ben

    Would someone tell spike lee to shut his freaking mouth. He is always yapping. It was a great movie, and Jamie Fox and Decaprio were excellent. If spike lee would just quit trying to cause trouble and concentrate on making movies maybe he would make something worth seeing. Get over it Spike

    • http://yahoo shane

      if you liked that movie than your clearly racsist if spike lee made a movie of the holocoust than he would be attacked worst period.

  • Kelli

    I saw the movie and here’s my opinion…Leonardo Dicaprio in my opinion was the most believable along with the German bounty hunter. Jamie was fine, but in no way as good as his portrayal of Ray Charles. Any pretty black woman could have had Kerry Washington’s role. I think they should have had an unknown actress play her part. It probably would have made her character more interesting. Sam Jackson was just typical “angry black man” Sam Jackson. He is the same character in every movie, whether he’s a slave or a coach. Django Unchained was entertaining overall but I think black folks who want to criticize Jamie for taking the role need to seriously get over it. I happen to be a black female and that’s my two cents.

  • Shaheda Moore

    I saw Django. I thought that it was a great movie with great acting from both the white and black characters. I feel like in many ways Americans are so sensitive about issues such as movie roles and tv characters that its kind of funny. At the end of the day it is a movie that was written and created to tell a story, I don’t recall seeing this is a documentary of the Black or African American Slave Trade in America at the beginning of Django. People are just way too sensitive and focus on things that should not be focused on. Everyone has an opinion, but how many people who have survived slavery are actually still living and speaking on it. Let’s enjoy movies and television for what they are…entertainment. I am not downplaying the history of a people as I am an African American and I am proud. Just help me understand why I should have to read people’s opinion that honestly in my opinion can be considered insensitive to African Americans themselves…School Daze director. I support all films of color and honestly I like seeing my Black/African American actors on the big screen.

  • http://extremepowersportssa.com scottajones

    Spike lee is a has been and HAS BEEN for a while! political correcness is the problem in america YOU CANNOT POSSIBLE PLEASE EVERYONE ALL THE TIME. Someone is always going to get their panties in a wad over some stupid thing or the other. I’m more than sure that there are many many many blacks the spike lee could help! He could for example give away half his money for inner city projects and the such but I suspect he won’t!

    • UDONNO

      exctly

  • http://yahoo shane

    Now everybody think its cool to make fun of slavery because it happend over 200 years ago HELL NO! Spike lee is right 100% percent and am ashamed that jamie foxx took that roll.

  • Brave On of the Sea

    You want to talk about a holocaust? Spike next time you see a Native American, apologize!

  • http://yahoo shane

    you people are oblivious to the fact that people are in the movie
    Theatres laughing at slavery and hearing the n word use like a tolite smh were’s PERFESSOR GRIFF AT!

  • UDONNO

    the format of a CAMPY spaghetti western! yes slavery happened and a s a tragic moment of history it should be shown in a serious light like –ummm ohh lets see; Schindler’s List, or Sophie’s Choice, etc– the Jewish Holocaust is always portrayed in a serious tone of reverence and respect for the victims. As shown in Inglorious Basterds— there were no GRAPHIC scenes of jews being tortured. yes it happened! — but Tarantino was not *ALLOWED* to show any of that, so he made Django! –cuz no one gives 2 foks about the black holocaust,, well except Spike lee.

  • UDONNO

    You dont get it–Spike has a very VALID point. He’s not upset at the n-word or a white director making a slave movie– no he is upset on HOW it was made– that Tarantino made a slave movie in the format of a CAMPY spaghetti western! yes slavery happened and a s a tragic moment of history it should be shown in a serious light like –ummm ohh lets see; Schindler’s List, or Sophie’s Choice, etc– the Jewish Holocaust is always portrayed in a serious tone of reverence and respect for the victims. As shown in Inglorious Basterds— there were no GRAPHIC scenes of jews being tortured. yes it happened! — but Tarantino was not *ALLOWED* to show any of that, so he made Django! –cuz no one gives 2 foks about the black holocaust,, well except Spike lee.

  • Suzanne

    Has everyone forgotten “Roots”. There was a serious mini series. Did you know your Black History? Republican voted for freeing the slaves. They gave their lives in the war and in the Civil Rights Movement. Did you also know that after the Blacks were freed (13th Amendment) the Klan would not let them have guns or any other form of weapon to defend themselves (Black Code, 11 laws). Even the Government turned there backs because part of the Gov. was Klan and the rest were under threat. Of the lynching 75% were Blacks, 25% whites. In 1871 the NRA was up with three Union Officers,(two of which are Generals) who have fought to end slavery and fought for civil rights for blacks. They start the NRA and part of the reason is they want Blacks to be able to have an individual right to defend themselves against the Klan because Government was doing nothing to act in their defense. NRA said “We want people to be protective in the use of marksmanship and firearms” So they taught them how to shoot as well as arming them.

  • Miaquita Gray

    I watched the movie… and I have to admit, I did not like it. The violence was too much… and I believe thats mainly why most guys like it. And I didn’t feel like it was slavery days… I felt like this movie was actors trying to be slaves but ended up just looking like dumb hoodrats.

  • http://karras-bommer.blogspot.com Karras Bommer

    I can only address one aspect of this movie: the degree of violence. So much even an NPR reviewer was stunned by it. Tarantino is a great director but he revels in graphic violence more than message or plot and as long as people keep paying to see his movies this level of violence will not only continue, it will increase. I’ll not be seeing this movie.