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Spike Lee Won’t See Django Unchained, Says It’s “Disrespectful”

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Though he hasn’t seen the film, acclaimed director Spike Lee doesn’t approve of equally-acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino‘s treatment of American slavery in Django Unchained. In an interview with Vibe Magazine, Lee called the move “disrespectful to [his] ancestors.”

Lee added that he was speaking only on his own behalf. He later tweeted further on the issue, debating other Twitter users and saying: ”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 and Tarantino publicly feuded in the past over Tarantino’s use of the n-word, particularly in the “blaxploitation homage” film Jackie Brown.

Django reportedly also uses the n-word frequently. But in this instance, Lee seems more concerned with the treatment of slavery in Tarantino’s signature hyper-violent, ultra-camp style.

It’s worth noting that Tarantino has already sort of addressed another holocaust: The Holocaust. His WWII alternate history Inglorious Basterds received some criticism for similar issues- treating a serious subject with comic book fantasy- but none was very high profile.

What do you think? Will you see Django Unchained when it opens tomorrow?

[via The Hollywood Reporter]

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