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Spike Lee responds to John Boyega's critique of Netflix show


SPIKE LEE has reacted to John Boyega’s condemning criticism of a scene in She’s Gotta Have It.

The series, based on Lee’s film of the same name, viewers started a debate about a particular scene in which black Britishness was discussed.

In the scene, Nola Darling, played by DeWanda Wise and Olumide Owoye, played Michael Luwoye, talk about black British actors getting roles in Hollywood.

Owoye tells Nola that black British actors are “better suited than black American actors for Stateside roles because they don’t carry the burden of f****d up black American history, of lynching, slavery, Jim Crow, all that”.

Darling responds by saying black Brits have “Stockholm syndrome and fell in love with your captors”.

On encountering a clip of the scene on Twitter, Boyega simply shared it with the caption “trash”.

Darling goes on to make fun of the names of actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Boyega, referring to them as “Chewy-toy Ijeda-tofu” and “John Puerto Rican Bodega” respectively.

While he did not write the scene in the series, Lee has been drawn into the controversy because of his overall role in the project.

“Here’s the thing, people understand that I’m an artist and when I make a film, I have to have characters say stuff that I don’t agree with,” Lee told Metro.

He added: “Do I agree with everything the Ku Klux Klan said in BlacKkKlansman?

“So the audience has to understand that sometimes, characters say things that don’t line up.”

Although he defended the dialogue that Boyega took issue with, Lee said that he admires the actor.

Speaking of Boyega, Lee said: “I’ve got nothing bad to say about John. I’m very happy with his success with Star Wars and for me, it’s all love.”

Lee also expressed enthusiasm for creating a film with several British actors and mentioned that Idris Elba would be his ideal lead for such a project.

"Idris [Elba], that’s my buddy," he told Metro.

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