I anticipate supporting Spike Lee’s Chiraq film during its opening week but felt led to quickly address my thoughts about the ongoing whispers opposing its parody angle, and so-called ‘stereotypical sex-strike’ depictions.
After reading some critical responses to this film, my question to community critics is: Are we afraid that it tells too much of the truth about our black drug and gang-ridden communities, and we just don’t want to accept its reality?
As part of this movie’s plot, black women are withholding sex from their [black] men, and according to many critics, some community protestors feel that it adds to false images of the black male.
Now, I’m not sure if critics feel that the perception of this “image” spreads over to the entire black male population, or just the black males in gangs, as depicted in the film. Regardless of which, I think our anti-Chiraq people need to stop and take a real look at things.
This piece within the film plot does not represent the dynamic of all black male/female relationships. But come on…we live in a day and age where “bitches, hoes and getting brain” are consistently glorified as music art and expression in the rap industry, which is mostly led by black men who’s characters also often claim a drug/gang affiliation…and degrades black women, might I add. Additionally, many of us [blacks] support it…all the time. I’m sure media research of ratings and digital music purchases will prove how much we support this on a daily basis.
What’s even more amazing, is the fact that we often don’t put up half the fight to protect our children from impressionable exposure to such degrading music expression, that they hear/watch EVERYDAY on television and radio. They see it on social media, and they reference it among their friends like its coffee talk. We should be offended by this type of art and oppose of it…daily. Especially when we know that blacks of the entertainment industry have great potential to influence our upcoming generations. There should be protest against music’s degradation of the black community; which instead is often praised and awarded.
Yet, we get upset because Lee creates a movie, and we write it off as him ‘poking fun’ at a serious issue? Again my people, lets reset our priorities and check our facts. Chiraq recognizes issues that occur in more than just urban Chicago communities. Furthermore, Chiraq has received support from families of anti-violence organizations and celebrities that have been directly affected by gun violence.
Check out one of Spike Lee’s recent interviews with the LA Times, where he answers a few concerns raised by some protestors: