Starring Jamie Foxx as a slave who miraculously becomes a bounty hunter in an effort to free his wife from her master’s corrupt ways, the movie’s strong message and bold dialogue seemed to turn some the wrong way.
One of the most vocal critics of the film was infamous director Spike Lee, who urged black people not to support the flick, as he felt it made light of the slavery issue that is such a sensitive topic. Against Lee’s wishes, the film was met with financial and critical success, even garnering five Oscar nominations.
In wake of Lee’s comments, Foxx has returned fire of his own.
In a report from UrbanBelleMag.com on Saturday, Jan. 19, Foxx questioned Lee’s motives.
“The question for me is, where’s Spike Lee coming from?” said Foxx. “He didn’t like Whoopi Goldberg, he doesn’t like Tyler Perry, he doesn’t like anybody, I think he’s sort of run his course.
“I mean, I respect Spike, he’s a fantastic director,” Foxx added. “But he gets a little shady when he’s taking shots at his colleagues without looking at the work. To me, that’s irresponsible.”