Spike Lee Boycotting Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’, Says ‘Slavery Was Not A Spaghetti Western’

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The director of “Do the Right Thing” says Tarantino’s slavery-era revenge epic is “disrespectful to my ancestors.”
Don’t look for Spike Lee at a showing of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained on Tuesday: Lee says he’s boycotting the bloody slavery-revenge film because it’s an insult to his ancestors.

Speaking to Vibe magazine and tweeting, the maker of Do the Right Thing and He Got Game criticized Tarantino’s latest movie, which opens Christmas Day. Lee spoke last week, but TMZ and other entertainment media began reporting it today.

“I can’t speak on it ’cause I’m not gonna see it,” Lee said. “All I’m going to say is that it’s disrespectful to my ancestors. That’s just me. … I’m not speaking on behalf of anybody else.”

Later, he tweeted about the film, which stars Jamie Foxx as a slave who kills slave owners in the Deep South while trying to rescue his wife from a brutal plantation owner.

“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 tweeted.

Django’s violence became a problem last week when the premier was canceled for fear in the wake of the massacre of children and their teachers Dec. 14 in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

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