The trailer for Spike Lee's new movie "Chi-Raq" released this week and has received harsh reviews from members in the media and Chicago citizens from all walks of life.
The people of Chicago criticized Lee for the trailer, claiming that the director is taking advantage of the murders in the city for entertainment purposes. Rhymefest told the Chicago Sun Times that Lee disrespected his hometown by not using any writers from Chicago on the film and that he is exploiting the senseless violence occurring on the Southside of Chicago and flipping it into a comedy.
Spike has caught wind of the reviews and says they have it wrong.
The fame director appeared on camera to explain that his film is not a comedy but rather a satire and he has no intentions of portraying the violence in the city as humorous. “Some people are getting it twisted and thinking that this is a comedy,” said Spike. “Chi-Raq is not a comedy. Chi-Raq is a satire. 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 making light of the lives that have been murdered with this senseless violence."
In many cases in the past a trailer has sent shockwaves through the mediaworld, but it's important to remember that this is a trailer, not the entire film. Spike has shed light on countless issues in the hip-hop and African-American community in the past, I doubt he will drop the ball.
Catch the trailer above. The film is set for release on December 4th. After watching the trailer, do you think Spike is handling this serious situation as a comedy?