@Dissident: Yes Spike did do something....WRONG. He contributed to the DISRESPECT of black women in his films. If he were soooooo passionate about the black experience, he would have JOINED Greogory as contemporary to combat the negative images of black women and men ON screen as a young producer, But did he? Nawl. And may I say that there is a subliminal arrogance of self-entitlement in the young generation of blackfolks. They smear their ignorance on screen and video[by disrespecting black women and inciting visual violence]...and then want the WORLD to stop when they get older maturing a little and thus realize the mistake they made in misrepresenting our culture. Has Spike apologized for his misdeeds? That would be a HELLLLLLLL NO. Old schoolers like me were offended back then and even now. Spike set the stage of degrading and deteriorating the image of an already dilapated perception of black folks. Now those black exploitation films? They were mostly made by white producers who as I stated before really "didn't give a damn." Cuz they KNEW black folks back then were soooooo DESPERATE to see their image on screen...and at the time THAT WAS HUGE. Even if it's Ron O'neal playing Superfly the arrogant pimp Priest having sex in the bathtub with actress Sheila Frazier. It was disgusting to watch but not if you were black in the 1970s looking for some form of public validation. I didn't hear West protest this film either back then. I'm sure he was one of the many black college students going to see it. So it is hyprocritcal for Spike to now have something to say when his goal in the beginning of his career was to make that almighty dollar. He didn't care about his ANCESTORS. That's bullshit.
I'm just curious, if Mr. Gregory has so much concern about the delivery of blacks in Hollywood, why didn’t he go after Bad Ass, Harlem Nights, Jackie Brown, Training Day, Monsters Ball? But the negative Dick Gregory berates Spike for opening doorways for other black actors whom otherwise were unheard of and would not had the opportunity to showcase their talent.
Excuse me. But I totally disagree with your assessment my brotha. Spike didn't open up doors for other actors. He used them as other unknown producers did cuz he didn't have the bank roll to pay established black actors.
Spike allowed more blacks to see that they can do more than just act but also write, direct, and produce movies.
Oh yeah? I'm curious. I always thought it was blackfolks like Belafonte, Poiter, Crosby who set the stage for upcoming producers. Spike was merely riding on their coat tails. Remember he's not that old. And the film industry has been around since the early 1920s.
Can Tarantino say this?
Why would he? He's not black.
How many blacks does Tarantino have behind the camera?
I dunno. But I'm sure Spike is not known for having an all black camera crew, That's not in his DNA.
Let's see the same leveled reaction from critical ass negroes on Tarantino.
You won't see it. And I think folks expect too much from Tarantino, he is a white boy you know. Why would he care regarding the plight of blackfolks? It is NOT his fight.
My brotha I think I'm missing something from your commentary. I'm really trying hard to understand. I'm a little older than you probably and from Cali, home of Hollywood. So I've witnessed the birth of many upcoming black producers in my time trying to make a name for themselves. And I have been MORE ashamed as a black person than proud cuz many of 'em sold out..especially Melvin Van Peebles when he produced sweet sweet sweetback. What a mynogist film! And testimony of how far we STILL have to go in the film industry. Unfortunately, I have seen a lot in my day from wanna be black filmmakers to legitimate ones...maybe I've just seen toooo much. Probably, But! Just sayin....