Last week, Spike Lee was under fire for releasing the address of Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, to the public. However just this action might seem appropriate to some given the lack of repurcussions Zimmerman has experienced, this move condones vigilante justice and should not be taken lightly by officials. Seriously. It’s like something the Joker would do. Or something close to what the Joker would do, considering the address was wrong and Spike Lee just sicked a vengeance-hungry mob an elderly Florida couple. Oopsie!
Many are ranting that Spike Lee is a dumbass and calling for him to be held accountable. He has since apologized publicly and reached a settlement with the couple that they were happy with. Going to assume it wasn’t an autographed Bamboozled poster. The question is begged, is he a dumbass or a good dude? Let’s take a look at his history and decide for ourselves.
The Anti-Defamation League accused Lee of antisemitism after the release of Mo’ Better Blues. The Josh and Moe Flatbush characters in the film struck a chord due to their “shylock” characterizations. However, Lee refuted these allegations by stating he could never make an antisemitic film in Hollywood because it is fact that Jews run the film industry. Maybe he should run future statements through a public relations person.
Lee rose eyebrows in May of 1999 when speaking about National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston, “Shoot him with a .44 Bulldog.” Lee spoke out on his own behalf after the New York Post ran the quote. “I told everyone there it was a joke. I said I did not want to read in the papers, ‘Shoot Charlton Heston.’”
People didn’t really get a kick out of his comedy stylings, least of which was Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey (pause for four minutes of giggles), who said Lee had “nothing to offer the debate on school violence except more violence and more hate.”
Considering he wasn’t officially invited to a debate, I’ve got to thumb my nose at Dick Armey. Although, Lee of all people should know how sensationalistic the New York Post is. Seems like he was trying to get his name in the papers to promote Summer of Sam.