With all the press that Film Maker Spike Lee is getting for his boycott of the Quentin Tarantino’s film: Django Unchained, starring Jamie Fox and Leonardo Dicaprio, it seems that everyone has an opinion on the issue. The film depicts a story told during a time when slavery was still alive and real. The reason that Lee is boycotting the film is for what he considers the excessive use of the “N” word.
Spike’s stand on this issue has been questioned by some as being an issue with Tarantino more than the racial overtones of this movie. Proponents of the movie assert that the film is exploring a story that takes place in the heart of slavery and that the center of the plot is tied to its very core. With this being said, people are wondering how an accurate depiction can be given without one of the most demoralizing tools used by slave honors allowed in the film.
Recently while new rap sensation Trinidad James was making media rounds, he was asked how he would deal with Spike Lee if he were to boycott his album because of his use of the “N” word. Surprisingly, James was quite respectful and diplomatic in his response: “I would like him to at least have a conversation with me personally before he [counted the number of times I said the N-word],” said James. “Meet me and see the type of person that I am, because I got the utmost respect for him.” James went on to say that anything that he puts in his songs is no direct assault on Spike and that he would really hope that Spike would come speak with him first before launching a boycott against him. In the eyes of James, an action like that would be unwarranted and would make no sense at all.