Thursday, December 27, 2012

Sarah Silverman attacks Spike Lee

Now there's a quote from Sarah Silverman defending the movie Django Unchained:
"Doesn't it take place like during slavery? Wouldn't it be odd if they didn't have that horrific word in it? [Spike Lee's] got a lot of mishegas with a lot of art. I think you can't really tell art what to do."
So. She defends Tarantino's conscious decision as a perfectly reasonable choice on his part, then asserts that "artists" have no control over what they do.

But I don't think Lee even brought this up in regards to Django Unchained. He had criticized Tarantino's Jackie Brown for the excessive use of "the N-word".  Lee said of Tarantino, "I think there is something wrong with him."

They're reporting that the word "n*****r" was used in Django Unchained 110 times in 180 minutes.

Why would anyone ask Sarah Silverman's opinion in the first place?

"You can't really tell art what to do," is a weak justification. 

Spike Lee vs Steven Spielberg

Years ago, there was a controversy around the movie The Color Purple, denounced as racist for its portrayal of black men. Siskel and Ebert reviewed it on their show without mentioning the controversy. Then went back to it a couple of weeks later to comment on it.

Gene and Roger agreed: The Color Purple was not racist. There might have been a time, they said, when it might have been necessary to show a balanced picture of black people, not portraying all black men as scum, but this was no longer necessary. That was all in the past. Even though The Color Purple was the first "black movie" Hollywood had made in years. 

A few years later, the same thing happened again. Spike Lee made the movie Mo' Better Blues. Nat Hentoff launched a smear campaign against the film because it had two apparently Jewish brother who owned a club. They appeared on screen for about two minutes and they were jerks.

At the time, Hentoff was devoting himself to defending white racist college students accused of "hate speech". He rushed to the defense of an Israeli named Eden Jacobowitz who screamed at a group of black women, "Shut up, you black water buffalo" and told them to go to a zoo. Jacobowitz later chuckled that when he called them "water buffalo", he was probably thinking of a Hebrew term they use for Palestinians.

Siskel and Ebert reviewed Mo' Better Blues on their show without mentioning this "controversy", then, as they did with The Color Purple, they came back and commented on it weeks later. And they agreed----Spike Lee was obviously an anti-Semite for not providing a "balanced" portrayal of two incidental characters. There's no need for a movie to be in any way balanced in its portrayal of blacks, but Jews are so underrepresented in Hollywood that every Jewish character has to be a paragon of virtue.

Ebert said he didn't even know they were Jewish until Siskel told him.

Sarah Silverman has claimed that anti-Semitism is everywhere and that Jews are being constantly persecuted. She says that she's popular "for a Jew". She said on CNN, “I mean, if there’s one thing we should realize is that it’s in general the world hates Jews, you know.”

Hyper-sensitivity to anti-Semitism is itself racist when it's combined with a depraved indifference to anti-black racism, and a depraved indifference to the lives of Palestinians.

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