Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind the Making of “Jungle Fever”

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Not an Attack on Interracial Relationships

Judging by Spike’s strong pro-black persona, one could easily assume that the film was made to discourage interracial relationships. But in an interview with the New York Times, Lee said that it’s not about that:

“I hate this whole Hollywood process of breaking down a movie to one sentence,” he said. “My films don’t deal with one theme. They interweave many different things. You have to think. I’m not saying interracial relationships are impossible. Flipper and Angie are not meant to represent every interracial couple in the world. They are meant to represent two people who got together because of sexual mythology instead of love. Then they stay together because they’re pushed together. They’re outcasts. And since their relationship isn’t based on love, when things get tough, they can’t weather the storm.”

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