Critics like Betsy Sharkey of the L.A. Times may call Django Unchained Quentin Tarantino’s most “entertaining film yet,” but one person will not be seeing the pre-Civil War Western starring Jamie Foxx.
“I can’t speak on it cause I’m not gonna see it,” Spike Lee told VIBE. “All I’m gonna say is, it’d be disrespectful to my ancestors to see that film. That’s the only thing I’m gonna say. I can’t disrespect my ancestors. Can’t do it. Can’t do it. That’s me.”
This isn’t the first time Lee has expressed annoyance towards Tarantino. After the release of 1997’s Jackie Brown, Lee told Variety that he was not pleased with the use of the N-word.
“Quentin is infatuated with that word. What does he want to be made–an honorary black man?…I want Quentin to know that all African-Americans do not think that word is trendy or slick.”
Samuel L. Jackson, who is also in Django, said “This is a good film. And Spike hasn’t made one of those in a few years.” (The quote is somehow more relevant 15 years later.)
Lee also had a feud with Tyler Perry, who told a room full of people, “Spike go straight to hell! You can print that,” in response to him blabbing to the press about racial stereotypes in his movies.