Spike Lee Is A ‘Conniving And Scheming Uncle Tom’: Luke Campbell Reacts To ‘Django Unchained’ Comments

January 16, 2013  |  

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Feelings were mixed when Do The Right Thing director, Spike Lee spoke out against Quentin Tarantino’s latest blockbuster Django Unchained. No one was in complete shock that Lee openly admitted that he couldn’t get with the slavery revenge flick, as he is known for being quite outspoken and opinionated. But, his reasoning behind not supporting the film shocked many. Lee claimed that he refused to even see the Quentin Tarantino directed film because it would be “disrespectful” to his “ancestors” in an interview with Vibe. Most people simply wrote the comments off as Spike being Spike and some even publicly defended Tarantino against the Red Hook Summer director. The most interesting rebuttal came from Luther Campbell of the infamous 2 Live Crew. The Florida native went completely off on Spike, giving him a complete mouthful for his Django comments in an opinion piece for the Miami NewTimes and let’s just say he was not above name calling.

First, he implied that Spike’s sole reason for disliking the film was because he didn’t direct it and that  he is envious because Tarantino is a better director:

“Lee needs to get over himself. He’s upset because Tarantino makes better movies. The man who put Malcolm X on the big screen is Hollywood’s resident house negro; a bougie activist who wants to tell his fellow white auteurs how they can and can’t depict African Americans.”

“Lee could never pull off a movie like this. When he’s not being an A$$ from his court side seats during New York Knicks games, he’s making bull crap films that most African Americans cannot relate to.”

He then defended Tarantino’s heavy n-word usage in the film, stating that it was somewhat necessary to make the movie realistic:

“He complains that Tarantino uses “n*****” too much (100 times) in Django Unchained, but show me a white man in the 1800s who wasn’t dropping n-bombs left and right.”

And finally, he called Lee out as a “Uncle Tom” and compared him Sam Jackson’s character in Django Unchained:

“Spike is upset because Samuel L. Jackson’s character in the movie is just like him: a conniving and scheming Uncle Tom.”

If you’ve had the privilege of seeing the movie or even a preview of it, you know how much of an insult this is.

Do you agree with Luke? Is Spike Lee being a hater?

Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise

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  • Atin

    Spike Lee did not have a right to bad talk the movie when he
    didn’t even see it. Now, if he actually saw the movie and stated his opinion, that
    would be fine. But the fact that he hasn’t seen it, and doesn’t plan on seeing
    it, makes him look like a hater. I’m no longer a fan of Spike Lee because he’s
    so critical about everyone else, like he’s such a great director. I didn’t like
    that he talked about Tyler Perry. You would think he would be happy for another
    black man doing well, but instead, he bad talks him. Which, I would say, is
    envy. Down talking everyone else makes Spike Lee look very small, and it says a
    lot about his true character.

  • get real

    Luke you sound like the house kneegrow to me. “He wants to tell white people how they can depict AA”. What??????? You support this Luke, yet Spike is the house kneegrow?

  • Suchalady

    Perhaps I would have taken Luke’s comments seriously had he not said that Spike was a “bougie activist” who makes “bull crap films that most African Americans cannot relate to.” Do his characters have to be ghetto and embarrassing (a la Tyler Perry) to be relatable? That’s just foolish. Luke sit down…

  • RaVeon

    I really enjoyed D’Jango and I agree with Luke. As long as Spike is involved in his own spill then it is all good. He is the worst when it comes to supporting our own race. He is always heavily critical of others work especially Tyler Perry. I thought the movie was tastefully executed, I thought Jamie Fox represented well and I thought n****a was used appropriately because it was used then just like it was used in the movie. I think Spike needs to get over himself cause most of the crap he put out was ridiculous.

  • hollyw

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Spike’s an Uncle Tome (Com’on son); nothing wrong w/ being a bougsie activist lol…but I agreed w/ everything else he said. Plus, I think Spike’s reasoning was just cliche and convoluted.

    He really didn’t wanna support the film just b/c 1. he’s jealous that he didn’t do it, and 2. he possibly felt he was betraying Black filmmakers like himself who simply would not have been able to have gotten a film like that off the ground with that much success. Tarantino’s a different kind of director, simply put. Entertainment first. Folks want to be entertained first, and educated second…it is, after all, a pastime. Saying that, though, the film made me very reminiscent of Hollywood Shuffle (directed/played by Robert Townsend)…maybe Townsend could’ve directed Django!

  • Candace Kendall-Browne

    This is something that has bothered me for years. When people call others Uncle Tom I wonder, have they read the book. That character put up with all that crap to allow others to flee.
    Just sayin’
    As for Spike, don’t judge something till you’ve seen it.

    • SheBe

      Thank you! I never ue the term because I don’t know any that are worth it.

  • Cocochanel31

    I don’t get the Tarantino obssession or why black folks are defending him like Django was a “deep” movie. Has anyone heard this man talk? Tarantino is verrry strange and seems narcisstic. As far as Spike..well kind of hard to judge something you have never seen. In defense of Red Hook..I looooved the movie! If you get past the slow beginning it gets reallllly good. The lead actor from Treme did a phenomenal job, too bad Spike doesn’t have the budget or audience anymore to promote his films. “Uncle Luke” needs to take several seats being that he is the biggest sell out there is, making his money off of the exploitation of the black woman..now he’s deep? Negro bye ! Why was he of all people evne asked to comment on this nonesense??? smh

  • Reese

    The last good movie Spike Lee directed was Inside Man and it was great because he wasn’t in it. But Luke has a couple of valid points. Spike Lee along with a few other blacks in Hollywood feel that they are the authority on all things black.

  • Sagittarius81

    My husband and I went to go see it this past weekend and we both loved it. I wouldn’t call Spike Lee a hater, but if he didn’t go see the movie he shouldn’t judge it. Plus I’m also a Tarantino movie fan, Kill Bill 1and 2, Pulp Fiction, From Dusk Till Dawn and Jackie Brown.


    • Dee

      But, why are you screaming?

  • Guest360

    I wouldn’t go as far as to say that he’s an Uncle Tom and all that but I kinda have to agree with his other comments. No one is saying you HAVE to go see this film but if you don’t, how about you not talk down about it? The fact that Lee made a point of coming out against this film is what gives me pause enough to say that this is more than just the film not being your cup of tea. Either he hates that he didn’t think of the idea himself or hates that Tarantino did an amazing job and he’s getting far more attention for it than Lee is able to get for his film about black americans. It screams sour grapes to me.

  • kierah

    IMO, Quentin Tarantino isn’t a better director than Spike Lee. I can’t relate to his movies either. The difference is that if Spike (or any other Black director) wanted to make Django Unchained, there wouldn’t be any money for it. Since a white man wanted to make this film, Tarantino got major studio backing. Without money and distribution power, it’s so difficult for Black filmmakers to make anything besides comedies and movies starring Madea.

    • I do agree with this point. It does seem that unless we are making movies like, “Precious” or some movie that has us clowning Hollywood does not want to back it. It is sad but the world we live in.

  • Candacey Doris

    I think he may be a hater on this one. I’m not going to see the movie, but i’m not avoiding it because it’s Tarantino’s. The man makes entertaining movies. He specializes in beatdowns. And the attitudes/language was historically accurate. It’s just not my cup of tea. If none of the actors had a problem (you want to tell Samuel L. Jackson that he’s being an Uncle Tom?) then maybe, just maybe Lee’s overreacting. And hating too.

    • bubbly

      Why would the actors have any issue with it, they’re making a lot of money from it. People will sell their soul just to be rich!

      • Candacey Doris

        Samuel L. Jackson used to be a really big activist during the civil rights era. Sort of guessing there are a few things he wouldn’t do for cash. He might sell his soul, but he probably wouldn’t do something racist.

        • They would all do something racist. For many Black people, money overt rules everything including their souls.

          • Candacey Doris

            OK, i’ll accept that some might, but i don’t feel that way about him. Have you seen the movie?

  • Kitsy

    I find it so strange that all these black celebrities are coming forward to defend this white man’s right to use a derogatory word against blacks. Black people are sick and lost!

    • Laine

      This white man (Quentin Tarantino) is not using derogatory words against blacks. He made a movie, set in the 1800, and in the 1800s white people did use the N- word! Was it a bad thing that white people used the N-word back then? Yes. Would it be realistic to call black people “african americans” in a movie, set in the 1800s, that is about slavery? Hmm.. NOOOO, I don’t think so. That is what a lot of black celebrities are saying

    • Kitsy

      See, it wouldn’t be a problem for me if it was just this picture, but Tarantino seems to revel in the use of the word. Almost every film he makes is peppered with it. He has this obsession with black people and black dysfunction in particular. Something is not right about him in relation to black people. Furthermore, the issue of the word and Tarantino’s use of it goes far beyond the confines of this film. Like I said, black people are lost.

      • Reese

        I definitely have to agree with you. I haven’t seen all of Taratino’s films but I remember in Pulp Fiction there were a couple of unnecessary uses of the N-Word and I was like where did that come?

      • Laine

        “Almost every film he makes is peppered with it…” Hmm… I don’t remember the N- word in both the Kill Bills,…. I don’t remember the N- word in Inglorious Basterds.. I don’t remember it in Reservoir Dogs… I think we need to be very careful when we accuse someone of something that awful… Maybe you can be more specific as to what movies he peppered the word with beside Django and Pulp Fiction? Because if he did I might have to reevaluate my stance on the whole matter, you see…

        • Kitsy

          Kill Bill is obviously irrelevant since it didn’t involve many black characters – it was primarily Asian-themed, and I don’t recall him using derogatory terms against Asians with the same abandon that he uses against blacks.

          • Laine

            Great, but can you be more specific, because you stated that he used it in almost every movie that he did… I sure did not see every movie that he made.., but I was just curious as to which other Tarantino movies beside Django and Pulp Fiction, you heard that word.

        • nc17

          Jackie Brown, there’s also a scene in Inglorious where one of the nazi’s makes a joke comparing black slaves to king kong. In Reservoir there’s a scene where one of the characters tells everyone there are ‘acting like a bunch of n*ggers’ because they are arguing. In True Romance Dennis Hopper has an entire scene where he’s talking about how Sicilians were spawned by n*ggers.’ Quentin wrote the script (didn’t direct). Maybe not peppered, but he shoehorns it in some kind of way.

      • Censored

        I agree. Let’s see Tarantino make movie after movie about HIS people and have them calling each other W.o.p. every 4 seconds and see what other Italians say…

    • RaVeon

      So you must not be black since you say black people are sick and lost. And if you are black then you fit into the same sick and lost category. And if you are not black, I don’t recall ever meeting you, because to say black people are sick and lost is to place a generalized blanket over Black America as if you know all of us and you don’t. So that makes you and your statement offensive, delusional, fabricated and erroneous. Your generalized statement is no better than the director you criticize; you sit in the same seat you placed him in.

      • Kitsy

        I am black! That’s why I actually care. But my blinders aren’t on, like a lot of you. I have no desire to meet you — you are too low brow for the crowd I mix with.

    • Kitsy

      I will make one final comment – black people are the only group who defends the rights of others to degrade us.

      I’m out – enjoy your own debasement.

      • Laine

        And again… He (Tarantino) is not degrading us, he didn’t state that he wanted to have the right to use that awful word to black people on a daily basis and should have that right, black people are therefore also not defending “his right to degrade us”

  • Red Hook Summer was recently added to Netflix, and I tried to watch it… I tried so hard, because I’ve loved pretty much everything Spike has ever done, but that movie there was a mess! The acting was POOR (I seriously couldn’t believe Spike casted these people), the appearance of Mookie wearing the same uniform from “Do The Right Thing” was unnecessary, and it appeared as though Spike had no budget or real idea for the film. Granted, I didn’t get very far, but as a big fan of Spike Lee’s past work, I was very disappointed! Maybe he should stop worrying about what other directors are putting out and focus on getting back to the old Spike! And that’s the double truth, Ruth!

    • I tried too, but could not make it through the movie and did not even try to go back and see the parts I missed. I think it was just “Crooklyn” over again instead of the kid going to the south he went north.