Spike Lee to Clint Eastwood: Slave Owner Racist!

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Spike Lee thinks Clint Eastwood is a slave owner, and shouldn’t be telling him to “shut his face”. Or at least, that’s what ABCNews.com reports Lee as saying, in reply to Eastwood’s previous comments, in regard to Lee’s racism-tinted accusations against Eastwood, via black soldiers at Iwo Jima, vis-a-vis Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers” movie. (If all that sounds confusing, read here and here.)

ABCNews.com got this response from Lee:

“First of all, the man is not my father and we’re not on a plantation either,” he told ABCNEWS.com. “He’s a great director. He makes his films, I make my films. The thing about it though, I didn’t personally attack him. And a comment like ‘a guy like that should shut his face’ — come on Clint, come on. He sounds like an angry old man right there.”

Lee has a proposal for Eastwood:

“If he wishes, I could assemble African-American men who fought at Iwo Jima and I’d like him to tell these guys that what they did was insignificant and they did not exist,” he said. “I’m not making this up. I know history. I’m a student of history. And I know the history of Hollywood and its omission of the one million African-American men and women who contributed to World War II.”

About those black soldiers at Iwo Jima, Eastwood told Focus Magazine this (via):

“Does he know anything about American history?” Eastwood told Focus when asked about Lee’s criticism. “The U.S. military was segregated til the Korean War, and the blacks in World War Two were totally segregated. The only black battalion on Iwo Jima was a small munitions supply unit that came to the beach.

“The story was about the men who raised the flag and we can’t make them black if they were not there. So tell him: Why don’t you go back and study your history and stop mouthing off!”

Lost in all this is the fact that Lee’s World War II movie “The Miracle at St. Anna” has the potential to be a great war movie. Check out the poster below via Cinematical.

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  • http://sumofallthingsaccording2me.blogspot.com/ Ellen K

    Spike Lee never fails to garner media attention for his causes. This was a movie about the guys who raised the flag at Iwo. And Lee’s own racial tunnel vision shows when he doesn’t understand that Hayes, one of the flag raisers, was Native American. I wonder if Lee would similarly want equal angle representation in a movie about the Buffalo Soldiers?

  • http://sumofallthingsaccording2me.blogspot.com/ Ellen K

    Spike Lee never fails to garner media attention for his causes. This was a movie about the guys who raised the flag at Iwo. And Lee’s own racial tunnel vision shows when he doesn’t understand that Hayes, one of the flag raisers, was Native American. I wonder if Lee would similarly want equal angle representation in a movie about the Buffalo Soldiers?

  • Allison

    The first thing that came to my mind when I first heard of the war of words between Eastwood and Lee was how long ago had Eastwood’s films been released? It’s been about 2 years and Lee is just now saying something about this? Now I see that Lee has a film coming out in a few months so what all of this looks like to me is he’s using a platform for publicity which I think is petty, irresponsible and insincere. It seems that everytime Lee has a fit of racial injustice the press knows about it. Is Lee so concerned about racisim in this country or does his concern only surface when it serves him? I’m not so certain that Lee really cares that much about anything except what it can get him.

  • Allison

    The first thing that came to my mind when I first heard of the war of words between Eastwood and Lee was how long ago had Eastwood’s films been released? It’s been about 2 years and Lee is just now saying something about this? Now I see that Lee has a film coming out in a few months so what all of this looks like to me is he’s using a platform for publicity which I think is petty, irresponsible and insincere. It seems that everytime Lee has a fit of racial injustice the press knows about it. Is Lee so concerned about racisim in this country or does his concern only surface when it serves him? I’m not so certain that Lee really cares that much about anything except what it can get him.

  • Allison

    The first thing that came to my mind when I first heard of the war of words between Eastwood and Lee was how long ago had Eastwood’s films been released? It’s been about 2 years and Lee is just now saying something about this? Now I see that Lee has a film coming out in a few months so what all of this looks like to me is he’s using a platform for publicity which I think is petty, irresponsible and insincere. It seems that everytime Lee has a fit of racial injustice the press knows about it. Is Lee so concerned about racisim in this country or does his concern only surface when it serves him? I’m not so certain that Lee really cares that much about anything except what it can get him.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hulksmashnow HulkSmashNow

    Once again, Spike Lee’s big mouth overshadows his deft talent as a filmmaker. God, how horrible it must be to be that bitter all of the time.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hulksmashnow HulkSmashNow

    Once again, Spike Lee’s big mouth overshadows his deft talent as a filmmaker. God, how horrible it must be to be that bitter all of the time.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hulksmashnow HulkSmashNow

    Once again, Spike Lee’s big mouth overshadows his deft talent as a filmmaker. God, how horrible it must be to be that bitter all of the time.

  • AltredEgo

    While it is clear to me that great black characters are rapidly becoming an extinct species in film and television, this is not an appropriate way to handle it. Good black characters are disappearing, but also consider when the last time you saw an Asian character who wasn’t a martial artist or femme fatale (besides “Harold”) headlining a film? Even then look at who is playing the very asian “Goku” in the DB movie.

    Spike Lee is a filmmaker, not an internet ‘talkbacker’. If he has a problem with something, then he should settle it with FILMS not with rants. This will accomplish nothing, except make him look like a bitter has-been struggling for relevance. Personally, I like many of Spike Lee’s films: Inside Man and 25th hour come to mind as solid films.

    This whole “controversy” smacks of desperation. He picked this fight, so that he could be relevant again. This will sour people on his new film instead of promoting it.

    The biggest disappointment is that Spike Lee should spend his time directing and producing the kinds of films that he wants to see. Unlike many people he can actually have a direct impact on the industry. Name-calling and petty bickering will not create the sea-change that he wants.

    “You must become the change that you wish to see in the world”

    This unprovoked attack will not help anyone.

    AE.

    • Dave

      “You must become the change that you wish to see in the world”

      Yes………WHITE people should change!

      • Brian DeFrancesco

        You are such a laughably obvious bigot, it astounds me.
        You are angry about the horrible treatment blacks have had throughout American history, but are unable to see your own eyes color whites only one way. Idiot! Grow up!

      • Brian DeFrancesco

        You are such a laughably obvious bigot, it astounds me.
        You are angry about the horrible treatment blacks have had throughout American history, but are unable to see your own eyes color whites only one way. Idiot! Grow up!

      • rick

        fuck you dick fart im white you must be a brother as spike lee would say, you are what you wish maby you need to change

      • rick

        fuck you dick fart im white you must be a brother as spike lee would say, you are what you wish maby you need to change

    • Dave

      “You must become the change that you wish to see in the world”

      Yes………WHITE people should change!

  • AltredEgo

    While it is clear to me that great black characters are rapidly becoming an extinct species in film and television, this is not an appropriate way to handle it. Good black characters are disappearing, but also consider when the last time you saw an Asian character who wasn’t a martial artist or femme fatale (besides “Harold”) headlining a film? Even then look at who is playing the very asian “Goku” in the DB movie.

    Spike Lee is a filmmaker, not an internet ‘talkbacker’. If he has a problem with something, then he should settle it with FILMS not with rants. This will accomplish nothing, except make him look like a bitter has-been struggling for relevance. Personally, I like many of Spike Lee’s films: Inside Man and 25th hour come to mind as solid films.

    This whole “controversy” smacks of desperation. He picked this fight, so that he could be relevant again. This will sour people on his new film instead of promoting it.

    The biggest disappointment is that Spike Lee should spend his time directing and producing the kinds of films that he wants to see. Unlike many people he can actually have a direct impact on the industry. Name-calling and petty bickering will not create the sea-change that he wants.

    “You must become the change that you wish to see in the world”

    This unprovoked attack will not help anyone.

    AE.