“Django Unchained” took over the box office during the Christmas holiday, raking in a staggering $15 million just on opening day! Critics and moviegoers applauded the film and its performances, some even calling it one of the best of the year. One person, however, was not so impressed, who is of course none other than Mr. Spike Lee. “It’d be disrespectful to my ancestors [to see it],” Lee said in a recent interview with VibeTV. “That’s all I have to say. I can’t disrespect my ancestors.”
The controversial actor and film director, known for tackling race in his own movies, took to Twitter to further extrapolate on his stance. “American slavery was not a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It was a Holocaust. My ancestors are slaves. Stolen from Africa. I will honor them.” Guess we won’t be seeing him in part two.
Despite Lee’s distaste for “Django Unchained,” other powerful African American figures gave their stamp approval. Oprah called it “proactive,” “twisted,” and “hilarious” on Twitter. Hip hop star Kanye West and comedian DL Hughley also praised the film. Personally, as a black woman, I felt the film earned its applause and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. In my opinion, the more exposure our awful past gets, the more our nation can heal.
As the SAG-AFTRA strike enters its fifth month, Warner Bros. Discovery has cut its expected profits for the year, claiming its profits could drop by $300 million to $500 million below previous expectations.