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Friday, January 25, 2013

So, you thought Django Unchained was just a movie?

I'm surprised by the backlash Spike Lee has received because of his opinion of Django Unchained. Luther Campbell, AKA Uncle Luke, Luke Skywalker, Mr. Me So Horny, called the legendary director an uncle Tom. *Blank stare and major side-eye.* 
Dick Gregory had harsh words as well.

But once again, I have to say Spike Lee was right to question this movie -- seen or not. Have you heard about the WHAT WOULD DJANGO DO? campaign? Not to be confused with WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?
In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the nation is talking about gun control. It's a conversation that long over due. Maybe the government should've reinstated the ban on assault rifles after the Virginia Tech massacre?
You know gun zealots are desperate when they reach out to minorities -- using fictional characters.

That is the skewed logic of gun advocacy group, Political Media, the creator of Gun Appreciation Day.
With the snappy title, “What Would Django Do?” the president of Political Media, Larry Ward, says that he also plans to form a non-profit of the same name, though he has not checked into copyright infringement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” Ward said. “We’ll make sure we aren’t violating copyrights, and if we are, we’ll have to change the name. But Django is perfect for what we’re trying to do, which is to promote gun rights to minorities. We’ll tackle the issue on the Democrats’ own turf.”
I’m assuming the “turf” that Ward is referring to are Black voters who overwhelmingly vote Democrat.
Maybe what Ward is failing to realize is that more guns on the streets means more Black people in jail — or dead.
The Southside of Chicago has enough guns. Philly and New Orleans have enough guns.
But they want to market guns to our communities using the likeness of an unhinged freed slave?
Will the responsible gun owners please speak up and shut these crazies down? 

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