Hollywood directors Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee are at the centre of a war of words, following Quentin’s new movie Django Unchained. The film centres around slavery and uses the N word on a number of occasions, which has hit a raw nerve with Spike, who claims the movie is disrespectful to his ancestors.
Lee explained, “I am not going to see it (the film). I am not seeing it. It would be disrespectful to my ancestors to see that film.” He then took to his official Twitter account to add, “American slavery was not a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It was a Holocaust. My ancestors are slaves. Stolen from Africa. I will honour them.”
However, Tarantino has now hit back, saying, “I think it's kind of ridiculous (the criticism), because no one can actually say with a straight face that we use the word more than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi. So since they can't say that, what they're basically (saying) is I should lie. I should pretty it up. I should lie, and I don't lie when it comes to my characters and the stories I tell.”
Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Leonardo DiCaprio and is set to be released in the US on December 25, before then being released in the UK on January 18, 2013.