Monday, June 9, 2008
SPIKE LEE IS AT IT AGAIN: WAR OF WORDS WITH CLINT EASTWOOD
Spike Lee has opened up his mouth again. Hey it wouldn't be Spike if he didn't have anything to say or wasn't involved in a war of words with someone. This time it is with legendary director and actor Clint Eastwood. Eastwood responded angrily in an article that Spike should just "shut his face" following criticism that his classic films "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima" did not depict any Black soldiers. Spike answered back with "He's not my father and we are not on some plantation".
Actually this doesn't surprise me about Spike but I find it somewhat tiring. He has railed against other movies before such as "Driving Ms. Daisy" and "The Legend of Baggar Vance" He fueded with Quentin Tarantino over the use of the "N" word in "Jackie Brown"and once threatened(In jest I hope) the late Charlton Heston when the latter objected to comments that he made.
However, I think that sometimes Spike needs to put up or shut up. He hasn't been pristine in his movie making career himself. There were many who considered him a sell out for missing vital historical issues and people in "Malcolm X", "Girl 6" bombed and "Bamboozled" was simply a piece of crap that gave more attention to the racist images that it purported to protest against.
I think that Spike has put his foot in his mouth on this one. If he didn't like Eastwoods's films why didn't he just make his own? Read here for more. What do you all think?