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Spike Lee: No Blacks In Eastwood War Films. Clint: Shut Your Face. Lee: I'm Not on a Plantation, old Man.

 
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Spike Lee: No Blacks In Eastwood War Films. Clint: Shut Your Face. Lee: I'm Not on a Plantation, old Man.
I think what Clint should have said is "Do you feel lucky, punk" Then Spike Lee should have said "Make my day".

Spike Lee jabs back at Clint Eastwood
By MICHAEL SHERIDAN
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Spike Lee has fired back at Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood (below).

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And the war of words between Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood goes for one more round.

After the 78-year-old Hollywood legend lobed a Dirty Harry-esque one-liner at the pint-sized director - telling him to "shut his face" over criticisms that no African-Americans appeared in Eastwood's drama "Flags of Our Fathers" - Lee has offered up a response.

"First of all, the man is not my father and we're not on a plantation," Lee told ABCNEWS.com. "The thing about it though, I didn't personally attack him. And a comment like 'a guy like that should shut his face' - come on Clint, come on. He sounds like an angry old man right there."

"Flags of our Fathers" tells the story of three men - one of whom was Native American - who appeared in the famous photo of the flag raising on Iwo Jima. The film cuts between their experiences during the battle, how they ended up in the photo, and how they were treated as heroes stateside.

In the ABCNEWS.com interview, Lee also extended his complaints about "Flags" to include its companion film, "Letters from Iwo Jima," which was told in subtitles and featured a mostly Japanese cast to tell the story of the battle from their perspective.

"It's just that there's not one black in either film. And because I know my history, that's why I made that observation," Lee said.

The dust-up between the two directors started when Lee, 51, reportedly criticized "Flags of our Fathers" during a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival in May. He was there to promote his own World War II film, "Miracle at St. Anna," which tells of an all-black infantry division that fought in Italy.

"He [Eastwood] did two films about Iwo Jima back to back and there was not one black soldier in both of those films," Lee reportedly said at Cannes. "Many veterans, African-Americans, who survived that war are upset at Clint Eastwood. In his vision of Iwo Jima, Negro soldiers did not exist. Simple as that. I have a different version."

Although Eastwood was initially reluctant to respond to the remarks at a press conference of his own at Cannes for his upcoming Depression-era drama, "Changeling," he apparently let loose sometime later when questioned about it by a reporter from The Guardian newspaper.

"The story is 'Flags of Our Fathers,' the famous flag-raising picture," Eastwood told The Guardian. "If I go ahead and put an African-American actor in there, people'd go, 'This guy's lost his mind.' I mean, it's not accurate."

Eastwood may have a few more choice catch-phrases for Lee, but the "Do The Right Thing" director indicated to ABCNEWS.com that he was finished with the heated exchange he started last month.

"Even though he's trying to have a Dirty Harry flashback," he said. "I'm going to take the Obama high road and end it right here."
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"I'm going to take the Obama high road and end it right here."

lmao

Raise the race card then scamper off screaming "victim".
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Re: Spike Lee: No Blacks In Eastwood War Films. Clint: Shut Your Face. Lee: I'm Not on a Plantation, old Man.
'We're not on a plantation, Clint.' Spike Lee hits back in war of words over black soldiers



SPIKE IS AN IDIOT



'We're not on a plantation, Clint.' Spike Lee hits back in war of words over black soldiers




The acrimonious feud between two of Hollywood's best-known film directors reached a new level of name-calling and accusation at the weekend as Spike Lee invoked America's bitter legacy of slavery in response to Clint Eastwood's comments to the Guardian on Friday.
Responding to Lee's criticism of his second world war films for ignoring black soldiers, Eastwood said America's most influential black director, should "shut his face".

But after the remarks were reported around the world, Lee hit back, reminding the older man that they were not "on a plantation".


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The reference to times when a white man could tell a black slave what to do came after Lee first issued a raft of fresh accusations against 78-year-old Eastwood, who has won five Oscars and boasts a string of celebrated gritty film roles, including "Dirty Harry" Callahan.
Lee, who has been nominated for two Academy awards, has made his own second world war film, Miracle at Santa Anna, which highlights an all-black US army division.

In responding to Eastwood's Guardian interview, he said: "First of all, the man is not my father and we're not on a plantation either. He's a great director. He makes his films, I make my films ... And a comment like 'A guy like that should shut his face' - come on Clint, come on. He sounds like an angry old man right there."

Lee's comments to abcnews.com were provoked by the equally blunt interview Eastwood gave to the Guardian last week. Riled by Lee's "whites-only" mauling of his films Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, Eastwood accused him of historical ignorance before growling his advice to shut up.

He also mockingly implied that Lee's views exaggerated equal opportunities by quipping about his own next big film, The Human Factor, set in post-independence South Africa: "I'm not going to make Nelson Mandela a white guy."

Now Lee has repeated his charge that black US troops, who fought in a munitions company at Iwo Jima, had not been given a second of the four hours in Eastwood's two films.

Drawing on his two degrees from universities in Atlanta and New York, he added: "I'm not making this up. I know history. I'm a student of history. And I know the history of Hollywood and its omission of the one million African-American men and women who contributed to the second world war. Not everything was John Wayne, baby."

Lee accused Eastwood of ignoring other critics who picked up on the absence of black soldiers when Flags of Our Fathers premiered.

Thomas McPhatter, a US marines sergeant who crawled up the landing beach under a hail of Japanese fire, was one of hundreds of black servicemen involved in the attack.

He said: "Of all the movies that have been made of Iwo Jima, you never see a black face. This is the last straw. I feel like I've been denied, I've been insulted, I've been mistreated. But what can you do? We still have a strong underlying force in my country of rabid racism."

Lee pounced on Eastwood's derision of the idea that a token black American should have been included in the famous scene, where the Stars and Stripes, on a makeshift pole, is hoisted aloft on the island.

He said: "I never said he should show one of the other guys holding up the flag as black. I said that African-Americans played a significant part in Iwo Jima.

"For him to insinuate that I'm rewriting history and have one of the four guys with the flag be black ... no one said that. It's just that there's not one black in either film. And because I know my history, that's why I made that observation."

This leaves plenty of further ammunition if the row deepens, as McPhatter, who became a US navy lieutenant commander and served in the Vietnam war, does claim a black American took part in Iwo Jima flag-raising. Not in the actual dramatic moment, immortalised by the Marines Corps memorial at Arlington national cemetery, but by providing a flagpole. "The man who put the first flag up on Iwo Jima got a piece of pipe from me to put the flag up on," he said.

American academic Melton McLaurin has also used interviews in his history of the 35-day battle which suggested that newsreel photographers in the front line "deliberately turned their cameras away when black folks came by".

Lee however promised to draw a line under the bitter war of words, alluding to the tone of the bid for the White House of Barack Obama, who went to see Lee's Do The Right Thing on his first date with his wife Michelle. Lee said of Eastwood: "Even though he's trying to have a Dirty Harry flashback, I'm going to take the Obama high road and end it right here. Peace and love."
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Not true. Heartbreak Ridge had blacks. Spike would like to rewrite the history of WW2 and if he wants to do that, why doesn't he make a WW2 film?
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Re: Spike Lee: No Blacks In Eastwood War Films. Clint: Shut Your Face. Lee: I'm Not on a Plantation, old Man.
Does anyone really care what these two old men that have no impact on us personally think? I say end both of their lives and then they will stop wasting media time.
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Re: Spike Lee: No Blacks In Eastwood War Films. Clint: Shut Your Face. Lee: I'm Not on a Plantation, old Man.
Just more of the old Blackie vs. Whitey. Over the last several years it seems to have increased dramatically.

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