The filmmaker has faced a backlash over the sensitive subject matter tackled in Chi-Raq, which focuses on a city woman who rallies her fellow females to deny their male partners sexual privileges until they put down their guns and stop the violence.

Local celebrity Chance The Rapper recently became the latest critic to blast Lee, accusing him of taking advantage of a bad situation in a lengthy Twitter.com rant.

However, Lee has now responded to the accusations, insisting detractors should watch the satirical drama before passing comment. He also pointed out Chicago native Jennifer Hudson, who plays a grieving mother in the film, would never have signed on for the project if it was offensive, after losing her mother, brother and nephew in 2008.

Speaking on U.S. radio show Sway In The Morning, Lee said, "For those haters who have not seen the film who felt that we were making fun of the murder on the streets of Chicago or we were making light of it, let me ask everybody a question: Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew were murdered in Chicago. Why would Jennifer Hudson be in a film that ridiculed her murdered mother, brother, and nephew? Why is she being part of that?"

He added, "(At the end of the movie) these black women are holding up posters of their young children that were murdered in the streets. Why would they ridicule their children by being in a film that did that? So people talking that s**t, they don't know what the f**k they're talking about.

"This film, in no way, shape, or form, makes fun of anybody that got killed. This film was made to save lives, and all this other s**t people are talking about is a distraction."

Hudson's estranged brother-in-law William Balfour was sentenced to life behind bars in July, 2012 after he was convicted of killing Hudson's mum, Darnell Donerson, her brother, Jason Hudson, and seven-year-old nephew Julian King.

Chi-Raq also features Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, and Nick Cannon, and many of the film's stars even joined Lee in an anti-gun violence march following its New York premiere last week (01Dec15) to highlight the issue.