Let's talk about black exploitation movies, shall we? These are the movies deemed "super ni**ers" whether the star is a man or woman. Starting with the "Soul of Nigger Charlie" filmed in the 70s to "Call me Mr. Tibbs." Let's not forget Shaft. Now we can argue all day long about what European is more racist against blackfolks. My opinion is ALL Europeans are especially the Irish and the Germans....but! That's another topic. But truth is from Super Fly to Sweet Sweet Sweetback at the time a lot of us were just GLAD to see a black face on screen. True? Or are you toooooo young to remember that? We never knew or even thought that those films were psychological components to sabbotage our ability to move forward in our culture. It succeeded. Twenty years or so years gang banging destroyed two generations of blackfolks, So to answer your question Brotha Dissent regarding if Spike if the lone ranger, no he is not the lone ranger, he is a SELFISH thug. Cuz when he was producing films with the SAME type of sabbotaging components, he defended it by citing artistic license, even though he OPENLY disrespected Black WOMEN!!!!!! Let's not tip toe around this issue, cuz last I saw through women is how children are born. So why disrespect the very person that brought you in the world? Hasn't massa done enough of that? Oh no Spike wanted to do MORE.
I disagree that the sole purpose for Tarantino is the almighty dollar. But that's my assessment. He could have USED any popular WHITE actor he wanted, Travolta, Cruise, to play this character. However he used artistic license as many of us artists do to flavor the message of the story, Cuz in the black expoitation films many white producers DIDN'T care what the black audience felt about their portrayal of black characters....it WAS all about the almighty dollar cuz for the most part there wasn't ANY black characters on film other than the subservant ones. Williamson, Belafonte and even Poiter at some point played characters that disrespected the African American plight. But! It isn't anything like what Super Fly or present-day underground rappers have done to the psyche of young black men. Oh no. Spike is a hyprocrite. Now that's he is older he STILL won't admit his disservice to the image of black women,. It is an insult. Yes we had "Get Christie Love, Foxy Brown[not the rapper] etc that exaggerated the image of black women.....but! It was a positive and empowering for those of us women under the hammer of both massa and black men. Yes I said Black men. Cuz for many black men....who were beaten down by white society...they came home and returned the favor of that beat down onto the ones who loved them-Black Women! No?
Movies were initially designed to entertain and to take the audience in a fantasy land type of mindset...but! What they found that it could always be used to manipulate self-esteem and promote white heroicism. Both have worked. Dick Gregory is correct in his assessment of Spike Lee from my perspective anyway...since I am a black woman who have been insulted by Spike for FAR TOO LONG!!! Like rappers, Spike is stuck in his own self-serving arrogance. He walks around as if he has done great things but will not acknowledge in his work that this great work is because of a BLACK WOMAN. She made his dream come true....and what does he do with it? EXPLOIT BLACK WOMEN including his sister. Now that he has girls. Oh boy now the fun REALLY begins.....but!
In addition, Monster ball in my assessment was as significant as Mandingo, Cuz I see a lot of LaTisha's currently in raw reality shows and female artists, Like Bad Girls and Atlanta Housewives for one and Lil Kim, Foxy Brown and presently Nicki Minaj for two.
It is my thought that Tarantino called Spike and told him to make a stink out of this movie for controversey to get MORE folks to go see it. It both benefits the movie and put Spike's NAME back out there for those investors who's looking to do a black film, That's how the game is played in Hollywood. You never really know the true motivation behind a fallout. And...this makes more SENSE to me. Just a thought to ponder. But. Just sayin