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So What That Spike Lee Does Not Like Tarantino's Django Unchained...

Updated on July 22, 2013

So What That Spike Lee Does Not Like Tarantino's Django Unchained…

The truth is that I have yet to see Quinton Tarantino’s latest auteur work, Django - but I am almost certain that given his rep for giving us near brilliant movies that Tarantino has done his usual bang up job with his latest movie… replete with his unique dialogue and taking liberal poetic license with our History. Django is apparently controversial to many because it takes place during slavery and in the Antebellum South, and moreover, because there is liberal usage of the word ‘nigger’ in the movie’s dialogue. The usage of the “n” word does not sit well with the Political-Correctness-Police, among one of its chief denizens, movie director Spike Lee. Mr. Lee has said that although he has not seen Django… he nonetheless thinks that the movie is an offense to his Black ancestors.

There are times when I cackle with laughter with the cherry-picking outrage these so called mouthpieces for the Black race give voice to. Now, it is not the many Hip-Hop groups who have used every couplet in their respective rhymes to refer to each other as ‘nigger’ nor the rapid-fire-flows of calling Black women bitches nor is it the disgusting fact that the gay movement equates its struggles to that of the Civil Rights movement… that offends Spike Lee. I wonder how Malcolm X, Martin-Luther-King, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas… John Brown and many among the pioneers of the Civil Rights movement would feel about such a misplaced, perverted analogy to gay rights?

Let me get this, Spike Lee believes that the word ‘nigger’ used in Django is offensive to our ancestors, notwithstanding that it is a word that was part and parcel of the lingo of the culture then - right or wrong - and Tarantino obviously used the word because it was in common usage during that era. Would it have been artistically plausible for Tarantino not to have included the “n” word given the subject matter and epoch Django took place in? I have seen this Political Correctness phenomenon before in the Arts… it is why the last two years of Show-Time’s Soprano was crap because they decided not to use the “n” word in the dialogue when warranted… these are the same nefarious Soprano characters who would murder their own family members for the almighty dollar, but refused to use the “n” word, as would be the wont in reality - who are we kidding! I supposed too that Spike Lee will now want the mention of the “n” word excise from the classic movies like the “God Father,” “Taxi Driver” and the classic television series, Alex Haley’s, “Roots.” Spike Lee and others in that same vein of thinking are the same people that I have blogged about before who want to remove the Deity from Shakespeare’s works and I am not going to mention Mark Twain’s, Huckle-Berry-Finn.

There are others in our society and past history who should be more an offense to Mr. Lee than Tarantino’s attempt to make a realistic movie; Yet, Spike is church-mouse quiet when we give props to rank racists like Margaret Sanger who holds much sway among the Abortion movement that is currently wreaking havoc on the Black race. It was Sanger who opined on Blacks, Immigrants and Indigents by addressing them as: "...human weeds,' 'reckless breeders,' 'spawning... human beings who never should have been born." It is offensive that some slave owners would have taken my hands or tongue for trying to get an education, yet many of our modern brothers and sisters waste the education that is theirs to be had for free. The Black-on-Black violence that is rampant in many of our enclaves is offensive to many of our ancestors… many of those who were ironically Republicans.

You noticed that above I mentioned John Brown, of Harper's Ferry fame, who just happened to be White, but gave his life in the hard fought struggle for our freedom. People like Mr. Lee would never give “props” to John Brown, President Lincoln and the many White brothers and sisters who went against their own families and died in the Civil War... which was then to me the embryonic stages of Civil Rights cause. I supposed too that Mr. Lee does not think that the Black cast members in Django - Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, and Carrie Washington - are capable of knowing when a movie would offend their Black ancestors… Mr. Lee should concentrate on writing and directing his own movie (s) that would have our ancestors beaming with filial pride and causing them to dance the Jig from their graves… instead of complaining about phantom slights to said ancestors.


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      The Medicine Man 5 years ago from Detroit,MI

      For those who want to see an example of what I mean read my hub

      "Niggerhead Rock" at the link below

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      The Medicine Man 5 years ago from Detroit,MI

      Although you mixed in a few unrelated issues

      I agree that taking the use of "nigger" out of period piece like Django is like taking the teeth out of Tiger it loses it bite. And makes that time in history seem more tame than it really was.

      Plus the fact that many black people then all the way up to now referred and refer to one another as nigger, sometimes in positive way and sometimes in a negative way.

      Many of the hip hoppers spell it, nigga, and are highly offended if you want them limit or stop their use of it. They use it like, guy, dude, man etc.

      I think people should be able to see the ugly truth that back then calling black people nigger was as common as calling the sky blue.