Spike Lee has been the subject of a lot of ire in recent weeks after the famed director called the Quentin Tarantino helmed Django Unchained "disrespectful" to his ancestors, and now a comedy icon has added himself to the list of Spike’s detractors.
Legendary comedian and civil rights activist, Dick Gregory took to YouTube, calling Spike a "punk" and a "thug" in response to his comments on the polarizing spaghetti-western, which the Do the Right Thing director refused to even see.
In the roughly 15-minute interview, which can be seen on the YouTube channel W.E.A.L.L.B.E.T.V. Gregory praised Django Unchained, saying he saw the film 12 times. He then went on to question Spike’s motives.
"That lil thug ain’t even seen the movie, he’s acting like he’s White…so it must be something personal, because when I looked at all those Black entertainers, that know Spike Lee, how are you going to attack this man and don’t be attacking them," said the 80-year-old author of the autobiography titled, Nigger.
Dick then took Spike to task for his own films asking, "When you took Malcolm X and put a Zoot suit on him, red hat…did that offend your ancestors, punk?"
Dick is not the only one to sound off on Spike Lee for his harsh criticism of the film, which is Tarantino’s most successful box office hit to date. Miami Rapper, and adult entertainment mogul, Luther Campbell – better known as "Luke" – called Lee an "uncle Tom" and a "house negro" for judging the film without even seeing it.
Spike has yet to respond to his naysayers but seems to be holding firm on his opinion.
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