It looks like one person who won’t be going to watch ‘Django Unchained’ this weekend is Spike Lee. He wrote on Twitter, “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them.”
He also told Vibe TV, “I can't speak on it [Django Unchained] 'cause I'm not gonna see it. I'm not seeing it. All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors to see that film. That's the only thing I'm gonna say. I can't disrespect my ancestors. I can't do it. Now, that's me. I'm not speaking on behalf of anybody but myself. I can't do it."
Lee has previously criticized Quentin Tarantino, the director of ‘Django Unchained’, for his portrayal of African Americans in movies and his usage of the word n****. He told Variety, “I'm not against the word. And some people speak that way. But Quentin is infatuated with that word. What does he want to be made, an honorary black man? I want Quentin to know that all African-Americans do not think that word is trendy or slick."
‘Django Unchained’ releases worldwide today, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, and Kerry Washington.