Spike Lee vs. "Dirty Harry "
I am big Spike Lee fan , from back in the day . However sometimes Spike goes off in a direction that is way on a limb .Check the below posting from Erik Pedersen on E On Line.
Clint Eastwood and Spike Lee are bickering, and we’d suggest the directors take the high road, but they might just use it to get a better shot at each other.
To catch up: At the Cannes Film Festival last month, Lee said if reporters "had any balls" they'd ask Eastwood why he didn’t include any blacks in his films based on the battle of Iwo Jima, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. Aside from suggesting that Cannes reporters are eunuchs, Lee was also promoting his own war film, Miracle at St. Anna.
Eastwood responded that he was being historically accurate about the makeup of the soldiers who raised the flag on the island, and added that "a guy like him should shut his face." Sounding stung by Lee's criticism, Eastwood, whose next film The Human Factor is about South African rugby and Nelson Mandela, also added, "Yeah, I'm not going to make Nelson Mandela a white guy."
Lee’s latest salvo was a mixture of sugar—saying Eastwood is "a great director"—and spice—saying Eastwood sounds like "an angry old man." Despite adding that "we're not on a plantation," Lee announced he was going to end the feud with "peace and love."
At the end of the day the Black Experience can be told by many , as long as they have ther minds and hearts in the right direction . Afterall its Clint Eastwood making movies ,it is not the Klan producing black movies.This feud between Spike and Clint goes back to when Eastwood made the movie "Bird" . Eastwood a long time jazz aficionado wanted and did a great movie on the jazz legend. Spike's peculiar political correctness , Black Movies for Blacks , Produced by Only Blacks took stage . This was reminiscent of the criticism that Steven Speilberg experienced for producing "The Color Purple" .
It is ironic that Spike now is making movies that are not geared to an exclusive black audience that he attacks Eastwood.Its like the pot calling the kettle black . Spike Lee should ," Make my day " and "Do The Right Thing " and focus on doing what he does best.Spike Lee is one of the best , Spike only limits his greatness when he attacks other works because they don't subscribe to his political correctness. Political correctness in blackface is not appealing "and that's the truth Ruth".