Jamie Foxx is a big fan of Spike Lee but the actor doesn’t appreciate the director’s recent criticism of Django Unchained.
Foxx said that it was “irresponsible” of Lee to criticize a movie he’s never seen.
Earlier this month, Spike Lee criticized the movie for being disrespectful to his ancestors.
“I cant speak on it cause I’m not gonna see it. 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 … American Slavery was not a Sergio Leone spaghetti western. It was a holocaust. My ancestors are slaves. Stolen from Africa. I will honor them.”
Foxx responded to Lee’s comments today in an interview with The Guardian.
“The questions for me is: Where is Spike Lee coming from? I mean, I respect Spike, he’s a fantastic director. But he gets a little shady when he takes shots at his colleagues without looking at the work. To me, that’s irresponsible.”
Samuel L. Jackson also defended the movie’s subject and its use of the N-word.
“Did they have another name to call the (black) people they were talking about at the time? If you’re going to deal with the language of the time, you deal with the language of the time. And that was the language of the time. I grew up in the South. I heard ‘n–ger’ all my life. I’m not disturbed by it.”
Have you seen Django Unchained? Do you agree with Spike Lee? Should you have to see a movie before you criticize it?