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December 26, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Spike Lee has resumed his feud with Quentin Tarantino after learning about the content of Tarantino’s Django Unchained. “It’s disrespectful to my ancestors,” Tarantino told Vibe magazine. He added that his opinion was his own. “I’m not speaking on behalf of anybody else.” In fact, far from receiving criticism, the film has evoked widespread praise from several leading black personalities and groups. Two weeks ago it received four nominations, including one for best film, for the 2012 NAACP Image awards. By contrast Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds was widely censured editorially by some key Jewish publications, several of which said that the film appeared to argue that World War II might have ended sooner had the allies adopted the tactics of al-Qaeda. (On the other hand, it was praised by the Anti-Defamation League.) Lee’s feud with Tarantino began 15 years ago, following the release of Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, which Lee criticized for its “excessive use of the n-word.” That film used the n-word 38 times; Django uses it a reported 109 times.