OPINIONATRIX…because my opinions dominate

{June 7, 2008}   Celeb Smackdown!

Celebrity feuds are nothing new and bad celebrity behavior is becoming a staple of daily news, but Clint Eastwood and Spike Lee?! OH NO! What is the world coming to? This latest in a constant stream of celebrity fight fests is saddening because the players are not Paris Hilton/ Lindsay Lohan types, but actual respectable Hollywood players. I want to know what is in the water out there to make these two go off on each other.

Apparently the entire thing started when Spike Lee criticized Clint Eastwood for not including any African American soldiers in either of his recent movies about Iwo Jima. Eastwood, who I think has the upper hand in this fight replied with

“The story is Flags of Our Fathers, the famous flag-raising picture, and they didn’t do that. If I go ahead and put an African-American actor in there, people’d go: ‘This guy’s lost his mind.’ I mean, it’s not accurate. A guy like him should shut his face.”

Uh oh, you know Spike Lee was not going to shut his face and thus the feud continues with Lee coming back at Clint with (among other sentiments)

“He is not my father and we are not on a plantation.”

I deeply respect both filmmakers, but I am on Clint Eastwood’s side on this one. First of all, why would Spike Lee feel the need to comment on these films a year after their releases? It seems so small to come out and criticize long after the fact. Furthermore, Clint Eastwood made 2 very poignant films about an historical event – the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. While many African Americans nobly served our country during WWII, there were no African Americans directly involved in the small insular story Eastwood chose to tell. In my opinion if Spike Lee feels so strongly that the story of African American WWII soldiers be told he should go make that movie on his own… not criticize the hard work of others…


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