As the controversy surrounding ‘Django Unchanged’ continues on, legendary civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory lashed out at Spike Lee for slamming the Quentin Tarantino film even though he has no plans of ever watching it.
“I’ve seen Django Unchained 12 times. Never in the history of Hollywood, have they ever made anything that freed the inside of me. The inside of me. I’m 80 years old, I saw cowboy movies, wasn’t no black folks in cowboy movies. I’m looking at a Western, plus a love story. To those of you all that see it, you’ll never see a love story about a black man and a black woman where it wasn’t some foul sex and foul language, huh.”
“And Spike Lee can’t appreciate that. The little thug ain’t even seen the movie; he’s acting like he white,” said Gregory in an interview posted on YouTube.
“So whatever he’s mad about, it’s something that happened way, way a long time ago,” he continued. “Thank God it didn’t work, that movie has made up close to $400 million.”
Pepaw Dick isn’t the only one backing up the Academy Award nominated film. In his column for the Miami New Times, former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell also comes to Tarantino’s defense.
“He complains that Tarantino uses “nigger” too much (100 times) in Django Unchained, but show me a white man in the 1800s who wasn’t dropping n-bombs left and right . . . Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is a brilliant flick that more accurately depicts the African-American experience than any of the 15 movies about black culture Lee’s directed in his lifetime,” writes Uncle Luke.
“Lee could never pull off a movie like this. When he’s not being an ass from his court side seats during New York Knicks games, he’s making bull crap films that most African Americans cannot relate to. Spike is upset because Samuel L. Jackson’s character in the movie is just like him: a conniving and scheming Uncle Tom.”