Director Spotlights: Spike Lee

I decided to add a new category to the posts I shall make: Director Spotlights. In these posts I will talk about a specific director. In this one, I shall (obviously) talk about Spike Lee. for those of you who aren’t familiar with him, he’s an African-American director. Most (actually, all) of his movies have African-American themes. He used to be a very respected director. Note I said ‘used’ to be. Now, I respect every director out there (save for maybe Uwe Boll) but Lee I respect the least. Why? He’s incredibly racist. Ridiculously so. Perhaps you heard of his little spat with actor-turned director Clint Eastwood. Eastwood made two World War II films: Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima. These two films were centered around the raising of the flag in Iwo Jima, especially the first one. What was Lee’s trouble with it? It didn’t give African-American soldiers their due. He claimed that it showed no African-American soldiers whatsoever. First of all, the films did show African-American soldiers. Second of all, there were no Afican-American soldiers in the group that raised the flag. Lee subsequently called Eastwood racist, and Eastwood, in Western cowboy-type attitude, fired back that Lee needs to “shut his face.” Now, most recently, Lee has made a film called Miracle at St. Anna’s, which tells the story of a massacre in Italy. The only problem is, he shows African-American soldiers in the film where, historically, there were no African-American soldiers of any kind. When the modern day citizens responded (many of whom lost loved ones in the massacre) with things like “you are rewriting our history” Lee told them they “need to come to grips with their history.” So he’s making up history! He’s probably the most racist person in Hollywood. Not to mention probably one of the most arrogant. He tried to sue Spike TV because they were “capitalizing on his fame” by using his name. He also thinks that his passion for Knicks baseball has cost him Oscars before, because the Oscar voters are usually Los Angeles based. “That’s definite bias right there,” he claims. Face it, Spike. You missed Oscars because your films aren’t good enough.


6 Responses to “Director Spotlights: Spike Lee”

  1. 1 jheffley
    October 12, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    I love the last two sentences, sounds like something Eastwood would say. You are absolutely right though, retelling history as it happened isn’t racist, it is stating the facts. Do you think the soldiers who were raising the flag at Iwo Jima, after witnessing hundreds of the fellow soldiers bloodily killed, stopped half way through the flag raising and said “we cant do this guys. It would be racist if there isnt a black guy up here.” I dont think so.

  2. 2 micknick
    October 12, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    I love your new blog layout! this is really great! You should add the widget that keeps track of the number of hits your site has gotten. What is the widget you are using for the “quote of the week”?

    I don’t think I have seen one of Lee’s movies and now I don’t really plan on it. He is defiantly a big narcissists that can’t look past themselves. I love it when Eastwood says he needs to shut his face- one of those times when he could have said something a lot worse, but it came out kind of funny/awesome. He might as well have said, “Shut your face! . . . Now drink that with your mouth!”

  3. October 12, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    there. now you haven’t left two comments, nick.

    to jarrod’s comment: yes, that’s hilarious. “Wait, wait, where’s an African-American? We need to get him in the picture.”

    to nick’s comment: i actually haven’t seen any of Lee’s films either, but I’ve read and researched enough on the argument to know what all happened. and the widget I am using is the “Text” widget. i’m pretty sure.

  4. October 13, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Spike Lee… I don’t think I’ve seen any of his movies. He sounds like a hothead. Thanks for the informative post Andrew.

    And to Nick’s post: I’ll be back in three blinks of a lamb’s eye.

    (and it’s like that bag from thst movie)
    Alright sorry, off topic.

    Great job Andrew.

  5. 5 micknick
    October 13, 2008 at 11:41 am

    oh yeah! you know, girl! The bag from that movie- I just love that bag.
    You did not leave a tip!


  6. October 13, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    oh there’s also something i forgot: Spike Lee once said, after a bout of shootings in a highschool, that the National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston (a fantastic actor, RIP) should be shot. Heston, in his traditional manner, replied “If he wants to take a shot at me, then he can try.” To which Lee responded “It was obviously just a joke.” Lee has also said “It is my observation that no one kills dreams quite as fast as parents do.”

    Talk about a bitter, bitter man.

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