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Dick Gregory calls Spike Lee a ‘thug’ and ‘punk’ for criticizing ‘Django’

Tue., Jan. 15, 2013 11:57 AM EDT
by Terry Shropshire

Filmmakers Quentin Tarantino, left, and Spike Lee

Legendary comedian Dick Gregory exploded on filmmaker Spike Lee for having the audacity to criticize the movie Django without going to see the slavery-based film by Quentin Tarantino. Gregory then bashes Lee for some of the films he’s made in the past.

Gregory praised Tarantino for making the motion picture epic that stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kerry Washington. Then he went totally volcanic about Lee for denouncing Django.

“That little thug didn’t even go see the movie,” Gregory exclaimed in an interview at a bookstore recently. And he was just getting revved up.

“How are you going to attack this man? … Well, it offended my ancestors when you made She Got to Have It and those other thug movies you did,” Gregory said, kicking it into another gear. “You took Malcolm X and put a zoot suit on him, a red hat on him. Did that offend your ancestors, punk?”

Whew.

Gregory, who has long been  known for his acid-tinged tongue, continued to perform invasive surgery on Lee. See what else he had to say.

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  • http://www.zoboprepublic.wordpress.com/ zobop republic

    Wow! Mr Gregory is deep! :) Good interview.

  • Number One Chief

    I agree with spike. First of all Spike is not a punk, nor a thug, so what’s with the name calling Dick. Shouldn’t YOU be above that sir. The movie Malcolm X is head and shoulders above Django Unchained. It is and always will be one of the best movies made, which should have swept the award shows, but real African Americans know why it did not. Oh, and by the way, the early years of Malcolm’s life was spent being a gangster, and dressing like that. That comment was a little week, don’t you think dick. Folks, Dick drops a few sound bites and you all have just run with it, because of your personal disdain for Spike

    I love Jamie fox, but the reasoning, and explanation he gave in some sort of matter-of-fact way to justify this THING called “Django Unchained”, on Cathy Hughes show, was very disturbing to me. I do not want anyone making any sort of mockery, concerning the worst Holocaust against a people ever. Dick mentioned something about being along time ago. Well Dick! have you not noticed that black folks are still catching the same kind of Hell we have always caught; all over the world.

    Our Holocaust is still going on, and it was, and is world wide, and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Our struggle continue, and we simply continue to deal with it, and make things happen for ourselves, as we have always done. In addition, I love Samuel L. Jackson, but there are a lot of these sorts of movies with this language and behavior that he does not have a problem with on screen, but this time around I am not in the MOOD, just like Spike. Quentin Tarantino! Yeah, Right.

    Just a note:
    The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade – The middle passage was the worst event in human history, and it spanned decades. Read, study, and know. It was run, and funded by a intense small group of businessmen who ran the Trans-Atlantic slave trade from New York. 98% of them were known to be JEWISH. QUENTIN TERANTINO, do that movie! then again don’t. We better have Spike do it.

    God Bless you my brothers and sisters. We have many stories to write. This is not it.

    • Truth Seeker

      trans-Atlantic slave trade run by New York businessman, of whom 98% are Jewish? What is the evidence for this claim? Where is the credible researcher who can provide substantial documentation of this statement? The reprehensible trade had businessmen in London, Amsterdam, and elsewhere. And the trade had substantial Spanish, Portugese, French, and British elements. Run out of NY in the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries? and 98% Jewish? Seems unlikely.