Just before the film came out, filmmaker Spike Lee said he refused to see Django Unchained. On Twitter, Lee stated, "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them,"
Now, rapper Luther Campbell, of 2 Live Crew, has slammed Lee for his take on the film, which recently earned five Oscar Nominations.
"Screw Spike Lee," Campbell said in a column in the Miami New Times. "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...Django Unchained [is a metaphor] for the unfair racial inequality African-Americans still experience today."
What's worse, Campbell went on to refer to Lee as an "Uncle Tom," and compared him to Samuel L. Jackson's character in the film.
The film has been somewhat divisive among audiences for its questionable historical accuracy, use of the N-word, revenge mentality, and excessive violence, though Django fans and Tarantino himself have stressed that it is a genre film that presents an stylized depiction of slavery.
Do you think Spike Lee has a point? Or is Campbell correct in calling Django a "brilliant flick?" Let us know in the comments section below, and head to our Django Unchained quotes page to revisit the film.
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