Friday, June 06, 2008
There are not many instances where I just provide a link and tell you to read the article, but in this case, you have to read the entire article to see what's what in this. If you would like the CDAN summary though, it goes like this. Spike Lee had a press conference in Cannes where he decided to play the race card with a number of directors including Clint Eastwood about how they did not include enough African Americans. Clint Eastwood basically told Spike that Spike was full of s**t.
This is not the first time Clint and Spike have got into a race fight. They previously disagreed on the Charlie Parker biopic when Spike felt it should have been directed by someone other than a white guy. I love Spike Lee films. I just think that sometimes people do too much provoking in an attempt to get a reaction, and not enough thinking about what the result of that provocation will be. Spike wants more minorities in films. Cool. So do I. The problem is that he chose the wrong films to argue his point and so then he looks like an idiot and the problem does not move any further towards a solution.