People are Pissed Off with Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ Movie

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Dozens of people are pissed off with Spike Lee’s new movie Chi-Raq. 

If you didn’t already know, the main plot is based on the Ancient Greek play Lysistrata

Here’s a quick summary from Sparknotes:

Lysistrata has planned a meeting between all of the women of Greece to discuss the plan to end the Peloponnesian War. As Lysistrata waits for the women of Sparta, Thebes, and other areas to meet her she curses the weakness of women. Lysistrata plans to ask the women to refuse sex with their husbands until a treaty for peace has been signed. Lysistrata has also made plans with the older women of Athens (the Chorus of Old Women) to seize the Akropolis later that day. The women from the various regions finally assemble and Lysistrata convinces them to swear an oath that they will withhold sex from their husbands until both sides sign a treaty of peace.

Spike Lee released a video on Friday once again defending his new movie, Chi-Ra, after Chicago residents found the movie offensive.

“GOOD MORNIN’ CHICAGO. A Few Chosen Words From Me, Spike Lee,” he tweeted along with the 3-minute Vimeo video, in which he clarifies that the gangster film is “not a comedy,” in response to those who feel it is making light of violence in the city.

“There are very humorous moments in the trailer. Now some people are getting it twisted and think that this is a comedy. ‘Chi-Raq’ is not a comedy. ‘Chi-Raq’ is a satire and there is a difference between humor and comedy,” Lee said. “In no way, shape or form are we not respectful of the situation that is happening in ‘Chi-Raq.’ In no way, shape or form are we making light of the lives that have been murdered with his senseless violence. People, don’t get it twisted.”

Chicago rapper Rhymefest told Chicago Tribune that he is among several people offended by the trailer for the feature film starring Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson, John Cusasck, Wesley Snipes and Samuel L. Jackson.

“I think it’s irresponsible,” Rhymefest said. “The overwhelming majority of people on the South and West Side believe this is foolishness,” the rapper said.

But, Rhymefest is not alone. Here are just a few of the complaints:

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