Chance the Rapper Criticizes Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq': It’s ‘Problematic’ and ‘Exploitive’
Spike Lee’s new film Chi-Raq has garnered critical praise for addressing the ongoing problem with violence in Chicago. However, one hometown native is not feeling the movie. Chi-City rhymer Chance the Rapper went on his Twitter account to deliver his review of Lee’s film and it wasn't positive.
For those who don’t know what the film is about. Chi-Raq is a modern-day retelling of the Greek comedy Lysistrata, which tells the story of one woman’s attempt to end the Peloponnesian War by convincing women of both Athens and Spartan to withhold sex from their lovers until men come up with a peace treaty. In Lee’s satirical flip, the women in Chicago abstain from sex from their men in order to end the gang violence in the city.
For Chance the Rapper, he finds the movie’s storyline “problematic” and “exploitative.”
“The idea that women abstaining from sex would stop murders is offensive and a slap in the face to any mother that lost a child here,” he tweeted.
“You don't do any work with the children of Chicago, You don't live here, you've never watched someone die here. Don't tell me to be calm,” he added.
However, the 22-year-old rapper wanted to make it clear that he’s not criticizing Lee himself but the film. "Just clarifying, I'm not damning the director of the film or anyone involved in making it. I am damning the film and the ideas it conveys," he wrote.
Lee has responded to previous backlash of the movie's trailer, in which some people thought that Lee was poking fun at the issue of violence in Chicago, but that's not the case.
“In no way shape or form, are we not respectful of the situation that is happening in Chi-Raq,” he stated. “In no way shape or form, are we making light of the lives that have been murdered with this senseless violence.”
“Don’t get it twisted, this film is about serious business,” he continues.
Chance isn't the only rapper from Chicago who is not feeling Lee's film. King Louie released a new video called "F--- Spike Lee." Although, after watching the rapper's clip, we are not too sure he actually saw the movie.
In any case, read Chance the Rapper's critical tweets below: