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I meet Spike Lee in a small patisserie in Brooklyn, New York. He’s wearing his trade mark baseball cap and trade mark glasses. Spike hasn’t even sat down before he starts complaining about his fellow film makers.
Christopher Nolan? You know he wanted to call The Dark Knight, The Darkie Knight. Goddam limey racist.
Spike, lets talk about your films. You have several films due out this year. Can you tell me something about Red Hook Summer?
Sure. Clint Eastwood’s Firefox didn’t have a single black character. Not one.
But Eastwood made Bird?
A black director should have made that movie. That was supposed to have been a black director’s film. I should have made it, but then this goddam cowboy comes along – a man who makes a film called The Pale Rider goddam it – Jesus.
Why didn’t you make it?
That’s beside the point. The point is that Hollywood is racist through and through. James Cameron? Racist. Steven Spielberg? Slave owning racist. Stanley Kubrick? Racist. White people in space scared of a goddam black monolith? Goddam honky.
So your documentary about Michael Jackson’s album Bad shows…
Robert Redford? Racist.George Lucas? Racist.
But he produced Red Tails about black airmen in the…?
A black director should have made that film.
But a black director did make that film. Anthony Hemingway.
No, I mean a black director who wears glasses and a baseball cap. Whose name sound slike the kind of name you’d give a cartoon dog.
Okay. I suppose we better talk about Quentin…
Tarantino. So you haven’t seen Django Unchained?
I don’t need to see Scary Movie 5 to know it ain’t funny.
The Scary Movie franchise was created by a black director.
Fucking hilarious. Bad example. Anyway Tarantino is using our history as entertainment. He wouldn’t do that with the Holocaust, would he?
Bad Example. The point is slavery… What I mean is that the history of black people… I want to say that… racist, racist, racist.
Spike Lee takes his baseball cap off and throws it on the ground and then jumps up and down on it, which is his traditional way of signalling that the interview is over.
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