Mr. Lee said that black actors appeared in war films too infrequently.''Clint Eastwood made two films about Iwo Jima that ran for more than four hours total, and there was not one Negro actor on the screen,'' he said, adding, ''There's no way I know why he did that -- that was his vision, not mine.''
Translation: Clint Eastwood is a racist.
Not wanted to be characterized as a racist, Clint shot back:
In the interview with The Guardian, the British newspaper, Mr. Eastwood defended the historical accuracy of his movies, saying that black troops were not involved in raising the flag at Iwo Jima. “The story is ‘Flags of Our Fathers,’ the famous flag-raising picture, and they didn’t do that,” Mr. Eastwood said in the Friday interview. “If I go ahead and put an African American actor in there, they’d say, ‘This guy’s lost his mind.’ ”
Now, Spike is not content with looking foolish once. He wants to do it twice:
But after the remarks were reported around the world, Lee hit back, reminding the older man that they were not "on a plantation".
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.
Translation: See, I told you Clint Eastwood is a racist.
Either Spike Lee is purposely trying to incite racial divisions in America, or he is sadly mistaken. The fact is, Clint's film was based on a book, written by William Broyles, Jr. and Paul Haggis. If anything at all, Lee should be complaining about these guys. Clint only put the story they wrote, on film, on the silver screen.
So, whether he's being purposeful here or is honestly mistaken, it makes no real difference here. He is wrong. But being foolish and wrong makes no difference to Spikey. The real reason he wants this exchange to continue is simple:
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."
There you have it America.
Normally one would not expect anything less from Mr. Lee. After all, it's how he has made his living. But we now know that Spike wants to keep America divided along racial lines, to get Obama elected. Doing it by winning the debate on the issues will not work for the Dems, they must have racial tension to regain the White House.