WHY AM I USING THIS? BECAUSE THIS IS A POLITICAL COLUMN, AND MY TAKE ON SPIKE LEE IS THAT HE IS A LIBERAL ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT BIGOT AND POTTY-MOUTH!
Verne Strickland Blogmaster
"I'm so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee," Perry said during a California press conference on Tuesday. "Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me."
Vulture notes that in 2009, Lee made the following incendiary comments about Perry's work: "Each artist should be allowed to pursue their artistic endeavors, but I still think there is a lot of stuff out today that is coonery and buffoonery. I know it's making a lot of money and breaking records, but we can do better ... I see these two ads for these two shows (Perry's 'Meet the Browns' and 'House of Payne'), and I am scratching my head."
"I am sick of him saying, 'this is a coon, this is a buffoon,'" Perry elaborated in his press conference. "I am sick of him talking about black people going to see movies. This is what he said: 'you vote by what you see,' as if black people don't know what they want to see."
According to Perry, Lee has spouted unwanted opinions about Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Clint Eastwood. "Spike needs to shut the hell up!" Perry said.
Perry's 'Madea's Big Happy Family' opens nationwide on Friday. Box Office Magazine called the 41-year-old director/producer/actor "one of the most successful [filmmakers] in Hollywood, thanks to a string of hits that engaged African-American and churchgoing audiences like few others have been able to."
In 2009, Forbes ranked Perry as the sixth-highest paid man in Hollywood. Spike Lee, a motion picture staple since the late '80s, is a two-time Academy Award nominee.
Being the butt of high-profile jokes is nothing new for Perry and his body of work, but certain recurring criticisms pushed him to speak out. "They go on to say that people of other ethnic groups or white people don't go see my movies, and that's all a lie," he said on Tuesday.
"I'm standing on stage looking at thousands of people, thousands of faces, with every race represented, and I'm tired of it. I'm tired of just laying down, tired of just being nice and letting them say whatever they want to say however they want to say it without people knowing what the intent really is."