Spike Lee: Just Because My Characters Say "Faggot" Doesn't Mean I'm Homophobic

No stranger to controversy, veteran film director Spike Lee was asked about specific allegations often lobbed his way. Spike was promoting a Kickstart campaign for his new film project when a BET reporter asked the filmmaker about being labeled homophobic. 

"First of all, I'm not homophobic," Spike responded before the reporter could even finish the question. "Because I have a character say the word "f----t" or "homo" that does not mean that I'm homophobic.  Martin Scorsese is not racist. The characters are people he grew up with, characters in the mean streets — that's those people talking, not him. In that world, those are the things people say. When I went to Morehouse College that's the way they spoke, thought and talked about homosexuals."

Do you agree with Spike's defense of his films against criticisms that they're homophobic? 

(Via BET)



Well I grew up in the south and the way they spoke, thought and talked down here was frequently spiced with the word ni--er. That doesn't mean I want to use that word. Spike Lee is stupid if he thinks that excuse will wash.

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