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Spike Lee: I'm Not Homophobic But My Characters Might Be

LeeSpike Lee talks to BET:

First of all, I'm not homophobic. 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.

Brad Pitt: I'd Reconsider the Death Penalty for BP Execs


Brad Pitt, lover of the environment and rebuilder of New Orleans, expresses his anger about the Deepwater Horizon spill in a Spike Lee documentary airing tonight on HBO:

Pitt"I was never for the death penalty before. I am willing to look at it again."

Lee's documentary, If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, is a follow-up to his 2006 documentary When the Levees Broke, continuing where Levees left off and finishing with "nearly an hour of spill footage and interviews."

The film premieres tonight at 9 pm.

Watch a preview for If God is Willing, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke Online

Over at YouTube you'll find the entire Spike Lee 4-hour documentary on Hurricane Katrina, When the Levees Broke, online in 26 parts. I'm not sure how long it will be up, so if you're interested in watching the whole thing, I'd get started. While I found the documentary to be somewhat uneven, parts of it were incredibly moving.

In this clip (#9), starting at about the two-minute mark, there's a clip that leads up to President Lyndon B. Johnson's response to Hurricane Betsy back in 1965 (strangely enough — September 11, 1965) at the five-minute mark. When compared to Johnson's response, our current President's response appears shameful, which, of course, it was.

The entire segment is worth a watch.

(via boingboing)


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