BOYCOTT: Spike Lee
CELEBRATED BLACK filmmaker Spike Lee says he will boycott Quentin Tarantino's new slavery revenge film, Django Unchained because it is "disrespectful."
The Do The Right Thing director says the movie, which stars Jamie Foxx, and Leonardo DiCaprio, glamourises the painful past of African Americans.
"American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them," Lee wrote on Twitter.
The tweet came shortly after he told VibeTV he couldn't comment on the movie because he decided not to see it.
"I can't speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it. I'm not seeing it," he said.
"All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors to see that film. That's the only thing I'm gonna say," he explained. "I can't disrespect my ancestors. I can't do it. Now, that's me. I'm not speaking on behalf of anybody but myself. I can't do it."
Tarantino, 49, has been the subject of Lee's ire before. Lee criticized the Pulp Fiction director for his liberal use of the n-word in his third feature film,Jackie Brown, a 1997 movie starring Samuel L. Jackson and paying homage to the blaxploitation films of the 1970s.
"I'm not against the word. And some people speak that way. But Quentin is infatuated with that word," Lee said of Tarantino in an interview with Variety.
"What does he want to be made, an honorary black man?" Lee asked. "I want Quentin to know that all African-Americans do not think that word is trendy or slick.
Last week Django Unchained star Jamie Foxx said he had trouble hearing the racial slur "over and over again" while filming the movie.
"That was tough for me to act like I can't read, or be subservient to someone or to hear the N-word over and over again which is what I asked for because that's the way they labelled them at that time.
"It was even tougher to see Leonardo come in and he had to say these words to me," he said.