Star defends “Django Unchained,” goes after Spike Lee for speaking against it
It took him a while, but Jamie Foxx is finally responding to Spike Lee’s comments about how “Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, is disrespectful for all black people. Lee’s being irresponsible, the actor says in a new interview.The director spoke out about the film, saying he had no intention of seeing it while, at the same time, labeling it disrespectful.
“I can’t speak on it cause I’m not gonna see it. All I’m going to say is that it’s disrespectful to my ancestors. That’s just me… I’m not speaking on behalf of anybody else… American Slavery was not a Sergio Leone spaghetti western. It was a holocaust. My ancestors are slaves. Stolen from Africa. I will honor them,” he said.
Foxx’s response is that, if he’s going to criticize something, he should never do so without knowing what he’s talking about first.
Otherwise, he’s just bashing someone else’s work because he feels like it and that’s irresponsible.
“The question for me is: Where is Spike Lee coming from? I mean, I respect Spike, he’s a fantastic director. But he gets a little shady when he takes shots at his colleagues without looking at the work. To me, that’s irresponsible,” Foxx says.
In “Django Unchained,” Foxx plays Django (the D is silent), a freed slave who sets out to get back his wife, who had been taken by an evil slaver.