Veteran rapper Luther Campbell has launched a vicious attack on Spike Lee, blasting him for criticising Quentin Tarantino for the racially-charged language used in new movie Django Unchained without having actually watched the film.
The slave-era western is nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay, but it has also drawn heavy criticism from the likes of Lee, who branded the movie "disrespectful" for its heavy use of the 'N' word and vowed to boycott it.
Now 2 Live Crew star Campbell, also known as Uncle Luke, has waded into the controversy in a column for the Miami New Times paper, insisting Lee has no reason to slam "one of Tinseltown's most clever directors" because the Do the Right Thing moviemaker regularly makes films "that most African-Americans cannot relate to".
In the newspaper, Campbell writes, "Screw Spike Lee. Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained is a brilliant flick that more accurately depicts the African-American experience than any of the 15 movies about black culture Lee's directed in his lifetime...
"Some of the most brutal scenes in Django Unchained are metaphors for the unfair racial inequality African-Americans still experience today."
He goes on to compare Lee to Samuel L. Jackson's cunning character in the film, a head slave on one of Mississippi's biggest plantations.
Campbell adds, "Spike is upset because Samuel L. Jackson's character in the movie is just like him: a conniving and scheming Uncle Tom."
Jackson himself recently stepped up to defend Tarantino against Lee's heavy criticism, maintaining the language used in Django Unchained stays true to history with its use of the derogatory racial slur.