As "Django Unchained" star Samuel L. Jackson explained to the Los Angeles Times, Quentin Tarantino "has an affinity Quentin has an affinity for writing horrible things and then making you laugh."
But not everyone's laughing at Tarantino's morally ambiguous yarn about a fugitive slave's quest to rescue his wife from a cruel Mississippi slave owner. Spike Lee, director of "Do the Right Thing," and more recently, "Red Hook Summer," has vowed not to see the Christmas Day blockbuster that has viewers divided on whether its cheeky take on slavery makes light of the institution's horrors.
"I cant speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it. All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors. That's just me...I'm not speaking on behalf of anybody else," Lee told Vibe.
Lee also slammed Tarantino's film on Twitter:
American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves.Stolen From Africa.I Will Honor Them.— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) December 22, 2012
Regardless, "Django" has received plenty of accolades from film critics -- it boasts an 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Plus, audiences are flocking to see it in record numbers. It earned the top Christmas Day opening for an R-rated picture, according to The Hollywood Reporter.