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.