Spike Lee Responds to ‘Chi-Raq’ Criticism

The upcoming Spike Lee joint, Chi-Raq, has seen both sides of the fence. While some are excited and anxious about the movie, others are angry and offended. The director is addressing the latter.

In a three-minute video response uploaded to his Facebook page days after the release of the trailer, the filmmaker tells audiences not to get it twisted.

He explains that the flick, which follows a group of Chicago women withholding sex from their gang banging boyfriends in an attempt to stop the violence, is a satire, not a comedy. Stating that he is “not making light of the lives that have been murdered with this senseless violence,” he says this project is about serious business.

The rest of the clip shows scenes from the motion picture, many which were excluded from the teaser, that highlight the heaviness of the subject matter.

In one, an insurance recruiter encourages Angela Bassett’s character to choose a plan, because “young Black boys on the South Side are more than likely to be shot and/or killed.” Another shows a group of women sharing stories about the loved ones they’ve lost to homicide.

Watch it in its entirety below. Does his statement provide any clarity? Sound off in the comments.

Chi-Raq hits theaters Dec. 4.

CHI-RAQ Trailer from 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks on Vimeo.