As criticisms fly back and forth throughout the Black diaspora over Django Unchained, the move’s lead actor, Jamie Foxx, has finally responded to Spike Lee‘s diss, calling the director “shady” and “irresponsible.”
Despite breaking records and winning the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, Quentin Tarantino‘s comical spaghetti western style of the film is seen as “disrespectful” to the history of slavery in the U.S. by many, including Spike Lee — who refuses to see the film.
Jamie recently responded to Spike’s comments in an interview with the Guardian:
“The question for me is: where’s Spike Lee coming from? He didn’t like Whoopi Goldberg, he doesn’t like Tyler Perry, he doesn’t like anybody, I think he’s sort of run his course. I mean, I respect Spike, he’s a fantastic director. But he gets a little shady when he’s taking shots at his colleagues without looking at the work. To me, that’s irresponsible.”
This is a slightly different tone than that of civil rights activist, Dick Gregory, who called Spike a “thug” and a “punk” in an interview where he discusses the film, the word “nigger” and so much more:
Dick Gregory On ‘Django Unchained’
What are your thoughts on all of this? Is the conversation healthy?