Spike Lee Tells Critics of ‘Chiraq’ to See the Movie First Before Criticizing It

© Provided by TheWrap Spike Lee Blasts Critics of New Movie ‘Chiraq': ‘See It First’
© Provided by TheWrap Spike Lee Blasts Critics of New Movie ‘Chiraq’: ‘See It First’

Spike Lee is firing back at critics of his upcoming movie “Chiraq” with guns blazing. 

The film about gun violence in Chicago, whose title merges the city’s name with “Iraq,” has been criticized by local politicians, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, for allegedly likening the city to a war zone.

In a news conference Thursday in Chicago, Lee defended the title as he stood next to residents holding photos of loved ones killed by gun violence.

“A lot of people have opinions about the so-called title of the film, again, who know nothing about the film,” the Oscar-nominated director said. “Wait until the movie comes out. You don’t like it, you don’t like, but wait, see it first.”

“This is not a joke. This is not a game,” he added. “This is real life and death and that’s the way we’re going to approach this.”

The movie is set to highlight the growing violence in Chicago, and “Chiraq” is a slang term used by some to reference the city, which has been in the news for its growing gun violence.

“People acting like you’ve never seen none of my films! Like, I just got pulled off the street,” Lee fired back. “I’ve been doing this since 1986.”

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Source: TheWrap | Beatrice Verhoeven and Anita Bennett

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