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Jamie Foxx: Spike Lee's 'Django Unchained' criticism is 'irresponsible'


Jamie Foxx has blasted Spike Lee's "irresponsible" criticism of his acclaimed new movie "Django Unchained," insisting the director has no right to comment on a film he hasn't seen.

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The slavery-era Western, which is nominated for five Academy Awards, has sparked controversy for its repeated use of racially-charged insults and Lee recently vowed to boycott the movie as such language is "disrespectful" to his ancestors.

However, Foxx has questioned the validity of Lee's criticism, telling British newspaper The Guardian, "The questions for me is (sic): Where is Spike Lee coming from? ... I mean, I respect Spike, he's a fantastic director. But he gets a little shady when he takes shots at his colleagues without looking at the work. To me, that's irresponsible."

The actor goes on to defend the movie's director, Quentin Tarantino, and insist the entertainment industry has always pushed the boundaries when dealing with the sensitive issue of race. "You got to look at the individual cases," he said. "When Pat Boone covered Little Richard, you think, 'Huh?', he's got no affinity for it ... But you can't tell me that Eminem ain't (sic) hot 'cos he's white or that Elvis Presley isn't a bad motherf-----, or that Quentin Tarantino can't do whatever he likes, 'cos damn straight he can."

Jan 18, 2013 8:23AM

Spike Lee is a hypocrite, pure and simple!!


Jan 18, 2013 8:21AM
It's simple.  Spike Lee is jealous of  Tarantino.
Jan 18, 2013 8:20AM
A pos like Spike Lee calling someone else racist? That's funny!
Jan 18, 2013 8:20AM
I like it back when Clint Eastwood publicly told Spike Lee that he needs to "shut his face" when Spike  said Clint should have used more African Americans in his movie Flags Of Our Fathers. Clint stated that the movie was based on historical facts.
Jan 18, 2013 8:18AM
Well, I guess it's who says what about who and what!  Wish there was a rule book for all of this stuff!  I don't know when I can give my opinion or what my opinion should be or will it be politically correct!  I guess I'll wait to hear what TMZ says so I'll know what I can say.  Honor other people's opinions but only if I agree seems to be the rule now!  Just can't keep up!!
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