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.
Thought Of The Night-Django Slave Dolls/Action Figures Peddled On Amazon.Did Not See The Same For INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.HOLOCAUST=HOLOCAUST.
“@FallonFoxx: @EricaBroadous@SpikeLee@Oprah@iamjamiefoxx#Django They aren’t slave dolls, they’re characters from the movie.”Django/SLAVE
“@teddydahmer: @SpikeLee are you kidding me with 112+? Thought you weren’t gonna see it? I Paid Someone To Count The “N” Words.You Count ‘Em
” the articles title suggests that slaves are being sold as action figures… But half of the dolls are white characters?”So Only 1/2 BAD???
“@TheRealPauGasol: @SpikeLee@filmfest_ca Spikes mad because django is better than anything he’s ever directed.”Yes,Oh How The Truth Hurts.
“@ChadEricSmith: @SpikeLee@Jhaynes57 Calling a film “disrespectful” before seeing it is both an attack and a poorly formed opinion.”DO YOU.
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
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.