Jamie Foxx Calls Spike Lee's "Django Unchained" Comments "Shady" and "Irresponsible"

During an interview with The Guardian.

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Understandably, Jamie Foxx isn't too happy about the controversy Spike Lee created when he spoke out against the release of Quentin Tarantino's Golden Globe award-winning, Oscar-nominated film Django Unchained and said that he refused to see it because it was "disrespectful to his ancestors." In a new interview with The Guardian, Foxx commented on Lee's statements, saying the Do the Right Thing director was being "shady" and "irresponsible."

"The question for me is: where's Spike Lee coming from?" he told the British publication. "He didn't like Whoopi Goldberg, he doesn't like Tyler Perry, he doesn't like anybody, I think he's sort of run his course. I mean, I respect Spike, he's a fantastic director. But he gets a little shady when he's taking shots at his colleagues without looking at the work. To me, that's irresponsible."

Foxx continued that the history of entertainment is full of white men telling black stories, but "you've got to look at individual cases. When Pat Boone covered Little Richard, you think, 'Huh?', he's got no affinity for it. Good Golly Miss Molly? I don't think so. But you can't tell me that Eminem ain't hot 'cos he's white or that Elvis Presley isn't a bad motherfucker, or that Quentin Tarantino can't do whatever he likes, 'cos damn straight he can." 

Additionally, he says the elements of slavery and oppression in Django are not meant to be politically correct - in fact, "they're supposed to" make the audience angry. 

Lee's recent Django Unchained comments aren't the first time he's directed harsh criticism at Tarantino - he also commented on Tarantino's 1997 film Jackie Brown, saying that he has "a definite problem with Quentin Tarantino’s excessive use of the n-word."

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[via The Guardian]

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