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Jun. 17, 2008by: Sturdy

... shut up Spike Lee!
by Sturdy

Ive never been a fan of Spike Lee. It has nothing to do with race, although whenever you talk about Spike Lee, race has to come up. I just never liked his movies. I still claim DO THE RIGHT THING is the single most overrated film of the late 80s and early 90s. I just could never get past the end scene between Spike Lee and Danny Aiello. Much like one good laugh can make a comedy, one horrible scene can ruin a drama. I really enjoyed 25th HOUR and INSIDE MAN, but other than that, he hasn't had anything that wowed me.

But this isn't really about his films, it's more about what he does off camera. I find his ignorant comments and off the wall accusations to be incredibly annoying and out of line for a director that has actually established himself in Hollywood. He complains about race and being judged on his skin color all the time, but yet hes the first one to bring it up in a conversation. Weve moved past it, why cant he?


His best film in my opinion

The latest incident was when he blasted Clint Eastwood for not including African American soldiers in his Iwo-Jima films. Then he blasted the media for not asking Eastwood about it. Eastwood of course slammed and humiliated Spike Lee by pointing out that the soldiers who raised the flag and who were involved in raising the flag were all white. He could have gone on to say that less than 2% of the soldiers that fought in Iwo Jima were African American. Was he supposed to re-write history in order to appease Mr. Lee? Give me a break. Hey Spike, why didnt you have a white guy playing Malcolm X? Why hasnt the media asked that question yet? Because its a stupid fn question, thats why.


Why again would there be an African American soldier in there?

I also find it strange that hes gotten away with complaining about some of Hollywoods top directors for so long. He doesnt seem to like it whenever a white director decides to direct a historical film featuring an African American. He complained that Michael Mann shouldnt have directed ALI because according to him, white people don't know black history. WHAT? Are you serious? So the color of your skin all of a sudden has an impact on the quality of film you make? If a white director said something like that about Spike Lee, Al Sharpton would be leading a picket of that directors next movie. Yeah, hes right, Mel Gibson shouldnt have directed BRAVEHEART because he isnt Scottish or Peter Jackson shouldnt have directed the Rings trilogy because he isnt a hobbit. Ethnicity has nothing to do with how well you make a film, or your understanding of the subject matter.


Maybe Spike was more upset that he didnt get the job himself

African Americans have fought a long, hard battle to gain respect and credibility in Hollywood and I hate that someone that should be leading the cause is actually too busy making these kind of stupid statements. Spike Lee needs to focus on making good films and sending a positive message to young people of ALL races, not furthering the racial divide with ignorant complaints.

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12:23PM on 03/16/2009

ALI

They didn't choose Michael Mann to direct Ali because he had some connection to Ali's race.
They chose him because he is "the greatest". Spike Lee should know this.
They didn't choose Michael Mann to direct Ali because he had some connection to Ali's race.
They chose him because he is "the greatest". Spike Lee should know this.
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3:26PM on 06/19/2008

Hmm...

Fury159 said:

"If I've offended you I apologize, it's just I've never understood relegating black history to one month since there's such a significant part rooted in American history as a whole. I would hold the same point of view if it was Native American, Asian Americans, etc. To me, it just feels like it still perpetuates viewing things in colors rather a unified whole."

No problem, dude. Tks for the reply...

I agree we shouldn't have to set aside months for various
Fury159 said:

"If I've offended you I apologize, it's just I've never understood relegating black history to one month since there's such a significant part rooted in American history as a whole. I would hold the same point of view if it was Native American, Asian Americans, etc. To me, it just feels like it still perpetuates viewing things in colors rather a unified whole."

No problem, dude. Tks for the reply...

I agree we shouldn't have to set aside months for various ethinicities(sp?) Unfortunately, as we are still working towards a color-blind society, and there are a lot of aspects of history that are told, I would think it's something that should be done...

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3:05PM on 06/19/2008
I concur.

I feel exactely the same about Do The Right Thing, especially about the ending.
Although next to 25th Hour and Inside Man you forgot Clockers which is grand in my eyes. And I loved When The Levees Broke but that's a documentary.

But I like where he's going movie-wise, he's got Selling Time on his sheet which a sci-fi thriller. An Inside Man sequel (?) and a long overdue Michael Jordan documentary.

Considering his public rants; I don't even have an opinion (quoting Lee's
I concur.

I feel exactely the same about Do The Right Thing, especially about the ending.
Although next to 25th Hour and Inside Man you forgot Clockers which is grand in my eyes. And I loved When The Levees Broke but that's a documentary.

But I like where he's going movie-wise, he's got Selling Time on his sheet which a sci-fi thriller. An Inside Man sequel (?) and a long overdue Michael Jordan documentary.

Considering his public rants; I don't even have an opinion (quoting Lee's "favorite" director). That has sort become his thing and I don't think many people take those rants seriously.
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7:51PM on 06/18/2008

To Joel1975...

If I've offended you I apologize, it's just I've never understood relegating black history to one month since there's such a significant part rooted in American history as a whole. I would hold the same point of view if it was Native American, Asian Americans, etc. To me, it just feels like it still perpetuates viewing things in colors rather a unified whole.
If I've offended you I apologize, it's just I've never understood relegating black history to one month since there's such a significant part rooted in American history as a whole. I would hold the same point of view if it was Native American, Asian Americans, etc. To me, it just feels like it still perpetuates viewing things in colors rather a unified whole.
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1:22AM on 06/18/2008

I hate him

welcome back!!
welcome back!!
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10:58PM on 06/17/2008

Sturdy has something against Spike

First of all, it's obvious Sturdy has something against Spike Lee and is using this particular incident to vent his rage. I read the comments he made and believe he just wanted some light to be shed that there were African American soldiers fighting in Iwo Jima. Should there have been an emphasis on this? No, because that's not what the focus of the film was. Clint isn't nowhere near racist and I don't believe Spike is calling him that. Sturdy is acting like Spike wanted the flag bearers to be
First of all, it's obvious Sturdy has something against Spike Lee and is using this particular incident to vent his rage. I read the comments he made and believe he just wanted some light to be shed that there were African American soldiers fighting in Iwo Jima. Should there have been an emphasis on this? No, because that's not what the focus of the film was. Clint isn't nowhere near racist and I don't believe Spike is calling him that. Sturdy is acting like Spike wanted the flag bearers to be white. And that ridiculous comment you made about Malcolm X was uncalled for. How did you get a job here with such an unrelated point. You're talking about one of our great leaders in history, a man who was obviously African American and comparing thousands of soldiers who were of mixed ethnicity. And speaking of ethnic groups, you obviously don't know the difference between that and Nationality. Based on your comment that 25th hour was his best film (An all white cast) and Do The Right Thing was overrated, your biases are laid bare. Please don't use this incident as an excuse to hide what you truly despise.
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7:19PM on 06/17/2008

Mr. Spike Lee...

I like Spike Lee, and as an African-American he is an inspiration to me, as I want to make my own films.

Sometimes Lee goes a bit too far, although I definitely agree with him calling out Tarantino (a very overrated director, I might add) on his use of the "n" word.

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"First of all, black history month? I've always found the fact we've singled out a designated time for black history a bit racist. Why woudln't all history, regardless or color, integrated throughout the
I like Spike Lee, and as an African-American he is an inspiration to me, as I want to make my own films.

Sometimes Lee goes a bit too far, although I definitely agree with him calling out Tarantino (a very overrated director, I might add) on his use of the "n" word.

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"First of all, black history month? I've always found the fact we've singled out a designated time for black history a bit racist. Why woudln't all history, regardless or color, integrated throughout the year? And, to borrow from Chris Rock, the shortest month of the year?! And where's Native American month, etc?"

Erm, Fury159, I DON'T find it racist that there is a Black History Month (and that's not because I'm African-American); Native American month may be just around the corner, and I welcome it.

We already have Asian Awareness Month, which is in the month of May...(What do you think about that? Do you find THAT racist?))

As general history is geared towards whites, it's good that months are set aside to allow people to learn about one another...especially people who don't get recognized.

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6:57PM on 06/17/2008

Good Article

I remember reading an article in Rolling Stone from several years back, where Spike Lee was interviewed. He got really enraged over a question about what he was gonna do with the money from one of his earlier fims (don't remember which one) saying "No one asks a white man what he's gonna do with his money, that's a racist question." Ever since than he's seemed really arrogant in my eyes.
I have no problem with the man drawing attention to some of the racial problems that exist today, but I
I remember reading an article in Rolling Stone from several years back, where Spike Lee was interviewed. He got really enraged over a question about what he was gonna do with the money from one of his earlier fims (don't remember which one) saying "No one asks a white man what he's gonna do with his money, that's a racist question." Ever since than he's seemed really arrogant in my eyes.
I have no problem with the man drawing attention to some of the racial problems that exist today, but I feel he goes about it all wrong. His recent comments were totally off base. Did he literally sit through the movie and look for black people. It's not a documentary, lighten up.
I love 25th hour, glad to see it getting some love.
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3:52PM on 06/17/2008

sturdy

kinda agree with you
kinda agree with you
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2:21PM on 06/17/2008
Smokeyx20 fails at proving a point because he automatically slams people with coercion. If you have a disagreement, state it in an non-ignorant intelligent way. You don't know us, therefor don't accuse us of being something.
Smokeyx20 fails at proving a point because he automatically slams people with coercion. If you have a disagreement, state it in an non-ignorant intelligent way. You don't know us, therefor don't accuse us of being something.
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2:18PM on 06/17/2008
I don't know what everyone's yelling about!!!!!!!!
I don't know what everyone's yelling about!!!!!!!!
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2:14PM on 06/17/2008

some quotes

I think it was a misunderstanding, Clint believed Spike wanted to replace the flag-raisers, but I think Spike just wanted some more in the film as a whole, doing other things in the background. I feel spike has his points, and clint has a good point too. its clint's movie, his vision, so he can do whatever he wants. the fact that spike felt the need to say something i guess is just something i've known him for, like jack wearing shades at all those kobe-shaq lakers b-ball games.
I think it was a misunderstanding, Clint believed Spike wanted to replace the flag-raisers, but I think Spike just wanted some more in the film as a whole, doing other things in the background. I feel spike has his points, and clint has a good point too. its clint's movie, his vision, so he can do whatever he wants. the fact that spike felt the need to say something i guess is just something i've known him for, like jack wearing shades at all those kobe-shaq lakers b-ball games.
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1:41PM on 06/17/2008
the fact that you think 'Inside Man' is better than 'Do the Right Thing', Malcolm X', and 'Crooklyn' nullifies any point you may be trying to make. At least in terms of what you know about good filmmaking.
the fact that you think 'Inside Man' is better than 'Do the Right Thing', Malcolm X', and 'Crooklyn' nullifies any point you may be trying to make. At least in terms of what you know about good filmmaking.
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12:49PM on 06/17/2008

mcfly24

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" spike's upset because hollywood doesn't cater to african-americans enough considering we make up almost 50% of population, you'd think there would be more movies about us."

Blacks only make up 13% of Americas total population.
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" spike's upset because hollywood doesn't cater to african-americans enough considering we make up almost 50% of population, you'd think there would be more movies about us."

Blacks only make up 13% of Americas total population.
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12:53PM on 06/17/2008

WTF mcfly24

according to the latest statistic, blacks make up 12.8% of the population. Just a little bit off there on your statistics. and what does it matter if they make up 10%, 20%, 30% or whatever? Do 12.8% of all movies have to be for blacks? or 12.8% of the cast and crew of every movie be black? honestly, what do population numbers matter? Spike Lee said something stupid and historically incorrect, I know since I'm history teacher and have two degrees in history, and I applaud Clint Eastwood
according to the latest statistic, blacks make up 12.8% of the population. Just a little bit off there on your statistics. and what does it matter if they make up 10%, 20%, 30% or whatever? Do 12.8% of all movies have to be for blacks? or 12.8% of the cast and crew of every movie be black? honestly, what do population numbers matter? Spike Lee said something stupid and historically incorrect, I know since I'm history teacher and have two degrees in history, and I applaud Clint Eastwood for calling him on it and not backing down. If anybody should be criticized it should be Spike Lee for almost immediately playing the race card as soon as Eastwood responded back. then again, this isn't too surprising as Spike has history of saying dumb, insensitive things. Just wish I had that kind of cart blanche.
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12:40PM on 06/17/2008

wow, wrong turn!

This conversation just took a hard left! I don't think anyone is being racist - just stating how they feel about Spike Lee. Lee draws attention more often with his outlandish comments than his films which is a shame because his films are for the most part quite good (BUT, I'm still waiting for him to portray Italians in a POSITIVE light). However, I don't think he always deserves the accolades he gets. We should be focusing on the great works of Gordon Parks, Melvin Van Peebles, Ossie
This conversation just took a hard left! I don't think anyone is being racist - just stating how they feel about Spike Lee. Lee draws attention more often with his outlandish comments than his films which is a shame because his films are for the most part quite good (BUT, I'm still waiting for him to portray Italians in a POSITIVE light). However, I don't think he always deserves the accolades he gets. We should be focusing on the great works of Gordon Parks, Melvin Van Peebles, Ossie Davis, John Singleton, Kasi Lemmons, and Carl Franklin BEFORE Spike Lee anyway. As far as the Spike TV thing - just another sign of how pissed Lee is. I've been watching it for years and I never related the station name to Mr.Lee's until this article. What's next, volleyball league lawsuits?
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12:26PM on 06/17/2008
I agree with the columnist's views. Pulling the race card does more harm than good, because it's an attempt to shut the other person up without need for proper dialogue. Eastwood can hardly be called racist; he cast Morgan Freeman in a role that won him an Oscar. There are lots of problems that African Americans still face, but this type of racist talk just sets back the conversation.
I agree with the columnist's views. Pulling the race card does more harm than good, because it's an attempt to shut the other person up without need for proper dialogue. Eastwood can hardly be called racist; he cast Morgan Freeman in a role that won him an Oscar. There are lots of problems that African Americans still face, but this type of racist talk just sets back the conversation.
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12:17PM on 06/17/2008

wtf

Where did all this instant hate for spike come from, considering we might judge directors based on their last movie, inside man was really good, he should get some sympathy. since he is still making movies within the hollywood system, I feel he can say whatever he wants. what about spike's point of view? I agree that adding black soldiers as flag-raisers is historically inaccurate, but adding them as medics or grunts or cannon fodder is not. honestly, i think spike's upset because hollywood
Where did all this instant hate for spike come from, considering we might judge directors based on their last movie, inside man was really good, he should get some sympathy. since he is still making movies within the hollywood system, I feel he can say whatever he wants. what about spike's point of view? I agree that adding black soldiers as flag-raisers is historically inaccurate, but adding them as medics or grunts or cannon fodder is not. honestly, i think spike's upset because hollywood doesn't cater to african-americans enough considering we make up almost 50% of population, you'd think there would be more movies about us or have us in them. oh well, to quote shakespeare, film holds a mirror up to nature. spike had to work past many barriers in hollywood, which might make him disagreeable. and he's not the only one who's outspoken in hollywood, just that he does it more often, i've met older people like him. spike just needs to break out of the type of movies he's suited for and make a sci-fi action blockbuster. my favorite spike movies are The 25th hour, norton kicks a$$, the bathroom mirror scene is good stuff, lighting is crazy, and malcolm X, denzel commanding an army with the turn of a finger.
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12:12PM on 06/17/2008
He Got Game is still one of the best sports movies I've seen...
He Got Game is still one of the best sports movies I've seen...
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12:14PM on 06/17/2008
Yes! Finally, I found someone who agrees with me. 'Do The Right Thing' is extremely overrated. It has some great moments but the ending is just nothing but a multitude of black people yelling with a few Italians and Vietnamese people in the mix. Then that horribly acted scene with Spike Lee and Danny Aiello (Lee's acting was horrible, especially when he purposely mispronounces "fifty" as "fitty") followed by the text that racism sucks. Yeah, I really feel great about the topic of race after
Yes! Finally, I found someone who agrees with me. 'Do The Right Thing' is extremely overrated. It has some great moments but the ending is just nothing but a multitude of black people yelling with a few Italians and Vietnamese people in the mix. Then that horribly acted scene with Spike Lee and Danny Aiello (Lee's acting was horrible, especially when he purposely mispronounces "fifty" as "fitty") followed by the text that racism sucks. Yeah, I really feel great about the topic of race after seeing a bunch of black people burning down an Italian pizza shop just cause there wasn't a black guy's picture on the wall.

Oh and I liked 'The 25th Hour' and 'Inside Man' a lot too. 'The 25th Hour' in particular was awesome. That mirror scene alone is better than 'Do The Right Thing' in my opinion. Edward Norton rules.
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11:44AM on 06/17/2008
Hafta say, while I think he took it way over the edge, I'm inclined to agree with SmokeyX20 on account of all the Spike Lee bashing going on. Not the "He should shut his face," banter, but actually what sounds like true resentment of his success in the industry.

And not only did he sue Spike TV, but he also won.
Hafta say, while I think he took it way over the edge, I'm inclined to agree with SmokeyX20 on account of all the Spike Lee bashing going on. Not the "He should shut his face," banter, but actually what sounds like true resentment of his success in the industry.

And not only did he sue Spike TV, but he also won.
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11:37AM on 06/17/2008
I think Spike is an incredible director and I'm a huge fan of his films. However, he really should keep a lower profile because some of things he says are completely hit-your-head stupid. His big mouth has taken so much away from his films, which should be able to speak for themselves. I had the privilege of seeing him speak at Purdue University, and he was a very eloquent and inspiring speaker. However, he makes an idiot of himself in front of the media and press. I just try to enjoy his films
I think Spike is an incredible director and I'm a huge fan of his films. However, he really should keep a lower profile because some of things he says are completely hit-your-head stupid. His big mouth has taken so much away from his films, which should be able to speak for themselves. I had the privilege of seeing him speak at Purdue University, and he was a very eloquent and inspiring speaker. However, he makes an idiot of himself in front of the media and press. I just try to enjoy his films and forget what he says to the reporters.
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11:30AM on 06/17/2008

More Spike Lee facts

-Spike Lee once said in the media that he only wanted to be interviewed by black reporters.

-After the release of his Malcolm X (great film BTW), Lee implied that there was a racist conspiracy to misconstrue and lowball its box-office receipts.

-Lees take on interracial couples: "I give interracial couples a look -daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street."
-Spike Lee once said in the media that he only wanted to be interviewed by black reporters.

-After the release of his Malcolm X (great film BTW), Lee implied that there was a racist conspiracy to misconstrue and lowball its box-office receipts.

-Lees take on interracial couples: "I give interracial couples a look -daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street."
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11:27AM on 06/17/2008
Holy shit. A C'mon Hollywood article I finally agree with. I am in no way racist and 100% for human civil rights, but dammit, Spike, you need to learn to shut it.
Holy shit. A C'mon Hollywood article I finally agree with. I am in no way racist and 100% for human civil rights, but dammit, Spike, you need to learn to shut it.
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11:23AM on 06/17/2008

Rough Subject

First of all, black history month? I've always found the fact we've singled out a designated time for black history a bit racist. Why woudln't all history, regardless or color, integrated throughout the year? And, to borrow from Chris Rock, the shortest month of the year?! And where's Native American month, etc?
As for Spike Lee, I think there's a combination of concern and arrogance. If you track his rise, he really worked his up in a "whitewashed" hollywood and broke much of the norms. So,
First of all, black history month? I've always found the fact we've singled out a designated time for black history a bit racist. Why woudln't all history, regardless or color, integrated throughout the year? And, to borrow from Chris Rock, the shortest month of the year?! And where's Native American month, etc?
As for Spike Lee, I think there's a combination of concern and arrogance. If you track his rise, he really worked his up in a "whitewashed" hollywood and broke much of the norms. So, to a degree, some of his rants are earned. Did Michael Mann do a good job on Ali? Of course he did, but put yourself in Spike's shoes. I'm not saying white people don't know black history, but it does have to sting a bit to see films of strong African American role models handled by "white" hollywood. Is he wrong for putting that out? I don't think so, but I think attacking them isn't the answer because, well, Ali was a good movie and if he's THAT concerned with not having white directors handle black films, then he needs to step up to the plate. And does anyone know if he's gone after Spielberg for Amistad and the Color Purple? As for his rant of Eastwood, that's his arrogance shining through and just mud slinging. It's similar to his rants against Tarantino in the late 90's. I've enjoyed his work from Do the Right Thing to Clockers to Inside Man, but, to a degree, his mouth does get him in trouble.
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11:18AM on 06/17/2008
i whole heartedly agree with the above comment...spike lee is a decent director but the fact that he seems to bring up race more than anyone else makes him a bigger racist than anyone else
i whole heartedly agree with the above comment...spike lee is a decent director but the fact that he seems to bring up race more than anyone else makes him a bigger racist than anyone else
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11:16AM on 06/17/2008

Spike Lee is a wuss

If you ask me, Spike Lee needs to get a life and stop ruining ours. All he does is whine like the baby he is. Stop being such a bigot Mr.Lee, cause thats what it comes down to and who you are. Suck it up and deal with it
If you ask me, Spike Lee needs to get a life and stop ruining ours. All he does is whine like the baby he is. Stop being such a bigot Mr.Lee, cause thats what it comes down to and who you are. Suck it up and deal with it
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11:11AM on 06/17/2008

Spike lee may have had 1 too many joints

cjvec, you are correct. Spike Lee did indeed try to create a lawsuit to stop the creation of spike tv. Fortunatley Spike TV and the courts put spike lee in his place for the frivilous lawsuit which has since disappeared from general public knowledge.

Smokey, just because someone doesn't like what a person says doesn't make them a racist. Just because I do not like jewish polka doesn't make me anti semetic. The real issue is that we dislike how spike lee is taking facts out of his ass and
cjvec, you are correct. Spike Lee did indeed try to create a lawsuit to stop the creation of spike tv. Fortunatley Spike TV and the courts put spike lee in his place for the frivilous lawsuit which has since disappeared from general public knowledge.

Smokey, just because someone doesn't like what a person says doesn't make them a racist. Just because I do not like jewish polka doesn't make me anti semetic. The real issue is that we dislike how spike lee is taking facts out of his ass and using them as an excuse to get attention. Just like the pomeranian description, he is yapping away about racism against directors who have done good movies that paid proper homage to the people their based on. If spike wants to redeem himself than by all means do another good movie. All these other guys are. Besides if I wanted to make a real nasty comment I could point out that that first pic of him at the top looks like he is giving the invisable man a bj. Now that is not a nice comment.
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11:10AM on 06/17/2008

@ smokeyx20

Your ingnorance is astounding and your sense of entitlement to special treatment for being black is insulting!

My personal opinion is that Spike Lee is a militant, anti-white racist with a massive chip on his shoulder. His constant attempts to paint any white person as a racist whenever they disagree with him is proof.

This has NO bearing on his abilities as a filmmaker.

Regardless, I boycott Lee's movies out of hand due to his history of miopic and slanderous comments...like his
Your ingnorance is astounding and your sense of entitlement to special treatment for being black is insulting!

My personal opinion is that Spike Lee is a militant, anti-white racist with a massive chip on his shoulder. His constant attempts to paint any white person as a racist whenever they disagree with him is proof.

This has NO bearing on his abilities as a filmmaker.

Regardless, I boycott Lee's movies out of hand due to his history of miopic and slanderous comments...like his refering to Morgan Freeman as an Uncle Tom for taking the role in Driving Miss Daisy. Not on MY dollar, motherfucker.

Incidently, although I am considered by society to be white, my heritage is, in fact, black (and proudly so)....in case you want to get on my ass for being a racist "hater".

Get off your high horse.
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10:45AM on 06/17/2008

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smokey you're a dumbASS.. spike lee didn't make ALI; so get your facts straight. 1 no one is hatin on him. spike lee made statements that make no sense at all and if you can't see that ... than you and spike lee or the rascists assholes. i live in a community with the majority of its residents being black and my best friend is black ...and there's this little thing called black history month.. and every year in school we re-learned everything about black history.. no once was african american
smokey you're a dumbASS.. spike lee didn't make ALI; so get your facts straight. 1 no one is hatin on him. spike lee made statements that make no sense at all and if you can't see that ... than you and spike lee or the rascists assholes. i live in a community with the majority of its residents being black and my best friend is black ...and there's this little thing called black history month.. and every year in school we re-learned everything about black history.. no once was african american or iwo jima talked about in the same sentence so SPIKE LEE can shut the fuck up! yes alot of AA's died in wars but they weren't at iwo jima. if your ignorant your racist. i don't know how much credit can be given to any one that uses words like "haters" and "brotha" and types in all caps. ALSO inside man was awesome.
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10:06AM on 06/17/2008

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It's not that he CAN'T say what he wants. It's that what he is saying, is stupid. Nobody said he was a bad director either. Calm down buddy.
It's not that he CAN'T say what he wants. It's that what he is saying, is stupid. Nobody said he was a bad director either. Calm down buddy.
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9:53AM on 06/17/2008

Hey Smokeyx20

Ali, was a strong film and i'm glad you feel the same way...Oh, but just to let you know it was directed by Michael Mann... not Spike lee. I would call you a Spike lee groupie, but you dont even know what movies he's made.
Ali, was a strong film and i'm glad you feel the same way...Oh, but just to let you know it was directed by Michael Mann... not Spike lee. I would call you a Spike lee groupie, but you dont even know what movies he's made.
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9:40AM on 06/17/2008
Hell yeah! 25th hour is one of my favourite movies, but just because it wasn't very Spee like. Inside Man was ok, everything else I simply hate.
Hell yeah! 25th hour is one of my favourite movies, but just because it wasn't very Spee like. Inside Man was ok, everything else I simply hate.
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9:26AM on 06/17/2008

ADMIT IT...

YOU'R ALL JUST A BUNCH OF HATERS, YOU WISH YOU WERE SPIKE LEE, YOU WISH YOU COULD MAKE MOVIES LIKE HIM, ITS AMERICA HE CAN SAY WHATEVER THE FUCK HE WANTS TO SAY, TRUTHFULLY SEEING ALL YOU WHITE GUYS TALKIN SHIT ABOUT A BLACK GUY MAKES ME FEEL LIKE THERES A LITTLE RACEISM IN ALL OF YOU! ADMIT IT,1 YOU DONT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE.2 SPIKE MAKES GREAT MOVIES, C'MON DO THE RIGHT THING, MALCOLM X, INSIDE MAN, ALL OF THEM ARE REAL STRONG MOVIES! YA HES SAID ALOT OF STUPID SHIT, BUT TO HATE HIS MOVIES FOR
YOU'R ALL JUST A BUNCH OF HATERS, YOU WISH YOU WERE SPIKE LEE, YOU WISH YOU COULD MAKE MOVIES LIKE HIM, ITS AMERICA HE CAN SAY WHATEVER THE FUCK HE WANTS TO SAY, TRUTHFULLY SEEING ALL YOU WHITE GUYS TALKIN SHIT ABOUT A BLACK GUY MAKES ME FEEL LIKE THERES A LITTLE RACEISM IN ALL OF YOU! ADMIT IT,1 YOU DONT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE.2 SPIKE MAKES GREAT MOVIES, C'MON DO THE RIGHT THING, MALCOLM X, INSIDE MAN, ALL OF THEM ARE REAL STRONG MOVIES! YA HES SAID ALOT OF STUPID SHIT, BUT TO HATE HIS MOVIES FOR HIS WORDS, COMMON!! WTF, AND FOREAL FOREAL I SEE U GUYS AS A BUNCH OF GROUPIES, WHATEVER STURDY SAYS U GUYS AUTOMATICALLY AGREE! YALL WOULD NEVER GIVE A BROTHA A CHANCE!
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9:19AM on 06/17/2008
I heard a very strong rumor that he sued spike tv for copyright infringement. Even if it's not true he's awful.
I heard a very strong rumor that he sued spike tv for copyright infringement. Even if it's not true he's awful.
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9:11AM on 06/17/2008

Spike Lee= Hypocrite!!!

Great article! Spike Lee is a racist little prick and an over-rated director to boot.
Great article! Spike Lee is a racist little prick and an over-rated director to boot.
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9:00AM on 06/17/2008

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Very good article Sturdy. Any long time movie fan is familiar with Lee's comments. His films never really blew me away and I agree that 'Do The Right Thing' was overrated. That was just Spike cashing in on all the racial tension in Brooklyn at the time. I still don't know what he's so pissed off about though. I think it's Napoleon Syndrome - he's only like 5'4"!
Very good article Sturdy. Any long time movie fan is familiar with Lee's comments. His films never really blew me away and I agree that 'Do The Right Thing' was overrated. That was just Spike cashing in on all the racial tension in Brooklyn at the time. I still don't know what he's so pissed off about though. I think it's Napoleon Syndrome - he's only like 5'4"!
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8:25AM on 06/17/2008

Another media pomeranian.....

The problem with spike lee has less to do with racism and more to do with pride. He has far too much of it and it essentially is clouding his judgement whenever he sees anything that surpasses his lack of skill. Like a loud pomeranian that is seeing a st. bernard, its not happy of not being the bigger dog and thus it yaps constantly at other dogs just to make itself feel superior. My suggestion is put ol spike on a leash and have him taste failure a few times. That will teach him to be more
The problem with spike lee has less to do with racism and more to do with pride. He has far too much of it and it essentially is clouding his judgement whenever he sees anything that surpasses his lack of skill. Like a loud pomeranian that is seeing a st. bernard, its not happy of not being the bigger dog and thus it yaps constantly at other dogs just to make itself feel superior. My suggestion is put ol spike on a leash and have him taste failure a few times. That will teach him to be more humble and see the world more clearly.
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8:23AM on 06/17/2008
Absolutely the best C'mon Hollywood in a long time. I couldnt agree more on all points. Oh, but 25th Hour is one of my personal faves of all time...but yeah this guy just doesnt make sense at all.
Absolutely the best C'mon Hollywood in a long time. I couldnt agree more on all points. Oh, but 25th Hour is one of my personal faves of all time...but yeah this guy just doesnt make sense at all.
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8:14AM on 06/17/2008
Love this article, right onnn.
Love this article, right onnn.
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8:06AM on 06/17/2008
I like Spike Lee. I don't like what he says a lot of the time. I personally think he could've done a better job with "Ali" but he doesn't have any business slamming Mann for doing it instead. And I actually like "Do the Right Thing" a lot, last scene included.
I like Spike Lee. I don't like what he says a lot of the time. I personally think he could've done a better job with "Ali" but he doesn't have any business slamming Mann for doing it instead. And I actually like "Do the Right Thing" a lot, last scene included.
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7:42AM on 06/17/2008
Right on, Sturdy!! I'm liking the C'mon Hollywood articles again, I'm liking them alot. I agree 100%, Spike Lee is indeed nothing but an ignorant racist IMO. Spike Lee would have fucked Ali up if he were making it, most likely completely missing out his flaws and instead raising the pedestal to a ridiculously high level. DO THE RIGHT THING was decent, it was actually ruined by Lee's performance cos he's such an arrogant fuck he had to thrust himself upon us as the lead when he was constantly
Right on, Sturdy!! I'm liking the C'mon Hollywood articles again, I'm liking them alot. I agree 100%, Spike Lee is indeed nothing but an ignorant racist IMO. Spike Lee would have fucked Ali up if he were making it, most likely completely missing out his flaws and instead raising the pedestal to a ridiculously high level. DO THE RIGHT THING was decent, it was actually ruined by Lee's performance cos he's such an arrogant fuck he had to thrust himself upon us as the lead when he was constantly upstaged by Aiello and Turturro and pretty much everyone else including Rosie Perez!!! Fuck Spike Lee, fuck him up his stupid ass, he doesn't hold a candle to Mann and Eastwood
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7:28AM on 06/17/2008
HEAR HEAR! Right on!
HEAR HEAR! Right on!
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7:22AM on 06/17/2008

The guy's a joke

It's ironic that a director who claims to oppose racism is nothing but a racist himself.
It's ironic that a director who claims to oppose racism is nothing but a racist himself.
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6:49AM on 06/17/2008

overrated director

clint could totally kick his ass, but wouldn't because that would be a hate crime. fuck spike lee
clint could totally kick his ass, but wouldn't because that would be a hate crime. fuck spike lee
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6:42AM on 06/17/2008

FUCK SPIKE LEE

Spike lee is a racist piece of shit. FUCK him and his shit movies.
Spike lee is a racist piece of shit. FUCK him and his shit movies.
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