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Spike Lee: “No more Tyler Perry questions”

229149_3897884358174_1752447121_nDo not ask Spike Lee about Tyler Perry.

“No more Tyler Perry questions, please,” Lee said during a Thursday visit with KISS 104.1 host Art Terrell, after listeners called in asking about past dust-ups between the two filmmakers.

In the past, Lee has criticized Perry’s work, and Perry has responded suggesting that Lee travel south — way south — in search of warmer temperatures, if you get our meaning.

But enough of that.

“Peace and love, leave it at that,” Lee said Thursday. He was in town promoting his latest movie, “Red Hook Summer,” which opens in Atlanta on Aug. 24.

Click here for a link to a video of Lee’s visit.

The film, which opened Friday in New York, concerns young Flik Royale (Jules Brown), who leaves his middle-class Atlanta home for a summer with his grandfather Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters) in Brooklyn’s Red Hook housing projects. Flik holds up his iPad 2 as a sort of shield against the world; the Bishop does the same thing with the Bible. (The two wireless devices are about the same size, you know).

Spike Lee with Condace Pressley, assistant program director of AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB.

Spike Lee with Condace Pressley, assistant program director of AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB.

Lee directed, produced, co-wrote (with James McBride) and reprised his role as Mr. Mookie the pizza deliverer in the film.

“Hollywood wants to make a gazillion dollars on every film,” Lee said, explaining the decision to finance it himself. “They’re not going to take a few pennies.”

“Red Hook Summer” does have its comic moments, mostly thanks to sassy Chazz Morningstar (Toni Lysaith) and the tippling Deacon Zee (Thomas Jefferson Byrd), but things take a somber turn in a hurry when dark secrets from the past begin to emerge.

“I do think there’s a place for a film like this,” Lee said. “I know people want to go see ‘Batman,’ want to go see ‘The Avengers.’ This is going to be a film for people to chew on and debate.”

Given that Lee was born in Atlanta and attended Morehouse College, we asked if he might consider shooting a future movie down here. Thanks to tax incentives, Georgia’s film industry has been flourishing in recent years. Answer: maybe so.

“I would like to shoot here again,” he said.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

134 comments Add your comment

Mr. Ed

August 13th, 2012
8:53 am

Perry could buy and sell this hack.

michael

August 13th, 2012
10:03 am

He never seemed able to move beyond the “angry black man” mode. You can still address real issues and raise questions/debates skillfully. Lee never seemed able to do more than one approach.

I Heart Tyler

August 13th, 2012
10:05 am

Spike has always had an insane jealous streak in him, especially over any other black director who has been more fortunate in the industry than he has. It shows a lot about the man. After all, they’re all in it for the money, and I seriously doubt Lee is making anywhere near the money Tyler Perry is making.

td

August 13th, 2012
10:08 am

I Heart Tyler

August 13th, 2012
10:05 am

>After all, they’re all in it for the money,

This is 100% not true.

emack

August 13th, 2012
10:09 am

so many people feel like spike does too
so many will look pass tyler just like we gave rkelly a pass

Sher and Donny

August 13th, 2012
10:10 am

Spike Lee is a Schwatza.

Happy

August 13th, 2012
10:11 am

I am not a Spike Lee fan but I will go see this movie. I was disappointed at his comments about Tyler Perry as well. That was then this is now. We will see what this movie has to offer.

Michael I so agree with you. I didn’t like that Mookie character AT ALL. I don’t like anyone who would rather continue to wallow in those sins of the father instead of moving on.

I don’t like racist people at all. I don’t like angry people either. We can’t continue to live in the past. Not that our past is not still a part of our presence but when will it end? Let’s not forget but let’s move on in a positive productive way. I am hoping this movie is a good one.

ATLER

August 13th, 2012
10:14 am

Perry runs around is dresses acting like a women just like Hollywood wants him to do while Lee makes friends that opens your eyes as a whole. He should be angry. Perry is the one that needs to go way down south.

Thomas

August 13th, 2012
10:24 am

Who is Spike Lee? Is he a basketball player?

Big Boom NY

August 13th, 2012
10:25 am

I think Spike is right, Tylers movies have no moral substance… The movies plots and screenplays are probably brilliant, but you will know that will all the Coonery and Buffonery. Dont get me wrong, he keeps black Hollywood working, but in this time and age, we need more then a gun toting grandma.

Marco

August 13th, 2012
10:33 am

Is this the guy that Twittered the address of that poor innocent elderly family? I have never heard of him until the Zimmerman case. What a knuckle head, lol!

Who?

August 13th, 2012
10:36 am

td,

You are so naive.

Rusty

August 13th, 2012
10:37 am

I haven’t watched any of his movies, but I enjoy his television station, Spike TV.

MLK JR.

August 13th, 2012
10:41 am

Goes to show why the black community is where it is: we love Tyler Perry’s thoughtless productions, but hate anything that makes us think. Who needs discrimination when people make fool of themselves?

Decker

August 13th, 2012
10:42 am

This guy makes movies? I always thought he worked for the NY Knicks!

Meli

August 13th, 2012
10:42 am

Last time I looked, Tyler Perry is making millions of dollars and employing hundreds of people both in front of the camera and behind it. Last time I looked, Spike Lee has to beg people to go see a movie he made and not even the movie critics fall over themselves to praise his films anymore. Maybe Mr. Lee needs to just shut up and concentrate on making good films that people want to see again instead of worrying about what Mr. Perry is doing.

Fulton

August 13th, 2012
10:43 am

Spike Lee has NO REASON to be jealous of TP because his body of work speaks for itself. Do The Right Thing, School Daze & X are light years ahead in comparison to anything Tyler Perry has ever done. As the first modern day, young, independent black filmmaker, if not for Spike there’d be no Tyler! The (sad) problem is most black audiences would rather be ‘entertained’ by “coonery and buffoonery”, instead of being made to THINK and address the hard facts. A voice like Mr. Lee’s is always needed, especially in these troubled times. The question is not is he angry…the question is; is the anger justified. And that is the issue people don’t want to address. Long live Spike! I will gladly pay my money on opening weekend to support QUALITY black entertainment!

Fulton

August 13th, 2012
10:45 am

MLK, Jr…THAT’s on point!

Fulton

August 13th, 2012
10:49 am

Spike Lee has NO REASON to be jealous of TP because his body of work speaks for itself. Do The Right Thing, School Daze & X are light years ahead in comparison to any Tyler Perry has ever done. As the first modern day, young, independent black filmmakers, if not for Spike there’d be no Tyler! The (sad) problem is most black audiences would rather be ‘entertained’ by “coonery and buffoonery”, instead of being made to THINK and address the hard facts. A voice like Mr. Lee’s is always needed, especially in these troubled times. The question is not is he angry…the question is; is the anger justified. And that is the issue people don’t want to address. I will gladly pay my money on opening weekend to support QUALITY black entertainment!

Rick

August 13th, 2012
10:49 am

I loved his movies ‘Being John Malkovich’ and ‘Adaptation.’ Bravo!

Calliope

August 13th, 2012
10:50 am

@ Mlk Jr…. Pretty Much… God forbid we think

lovejones4

August 13th, 2012
10:52 am

Tyler Perry is a no-talent hack! His movies are terribly written and appeal to the lowest common denominator — he’s the Walmart of black movie directors! He’s all about money and it says something about us as a community about our vision or lack thereof when we support his schlock and not good stuff like love jones or some of Spike’s better works. Spike has taken a lot of chances, paved the way and yes, fallen on his face a time or two. But Perry’s formulaic films are supposed to make him beyond scrutiny somehow? Ha! Stuff like “Why Did I Get Married Too” and that other buffoonery he has on TBS right now shouldn’t just go straight to DVD, it should go straight to the garbage! The Real Housewives’ crowd deserves someone like TP!

Call It Like It Is

August 13th, 2012
10:53 am

“Hollywood wants to make a gazillion dollars on every film,” Lee said, explaining the decision to finance it himself. “They’re not going to take a few pennies.”

That is correct Shelton, Hollywood wants to make money. Your films dont do that. Your act of being an angry black man has had its 15 min of fame. Perry makes fun movies that one can enjoy. Everything doesnt have to be thought provoking. Thats a poor excuse for someone who is out of touch with what Americans want.

Fulton

August 13th, 2012
10:59 am

Call It Like It Is – It’s AMERICA that’s out of touch. Just look at the CRAP on TV & the regurgitated movie industry! If that’s what people want, we need Spike more than ever…

No he dit'nt

August 13th, 2012
11:00 am

Power to the people!

Fulton

August 13th, 2012
11:00 am

loveones4 – Marry me!! lol

Sunny

August 13th, 2012
11:02 am

I find it quite amusing that Spike Lee has berated Tyler Perry’s films and fanbase then in turn, creates a film based on a Christian family. Oh, the irony. Now he is seeking Perry’s viewers.

Trey

August 13th, 2012
11:02 am

Hater Gonna Hate. MA-DEA! MA-DEA! MA-DEA! MA-DEA!

Jeff

August 13th, 2012
11:04 am

Enjoy the concept of the media that their couldn’t possibly be two african americans making films.. they did the same nonsense when John Singleton came out.. constantly asked Spike about him in an attempt to get some thing going. I think Stallone makes movies simultaneously as Deniro.. and Scorcese.. wow.. what a concept.

Trey

August 13th, 2012
11:04 am

@Sunny – He also added a sassy character Chazz Morningstar. Sounds like a Madea rip off!

Fulton

August 13th, 2012
11:07 am

Jeff That’s how it works…there can only be ONE and of course, it’s the ig’nant one…smh

Fulton

August 13th, 2012
11:08 am

And any grown person talking about ‘hating’, well that say enough about YOU!

Trey

August 13th, 2012
11:11 am

<——– Trey ain't paying you no attention Futon.

Trey

August 13th, 2012
11:12 am

<————– Trey aint paying you no attention Futon.

Mr. Riley

August 13th, 2012
11:24 am

Tyler Perry = Terrible Movies

Spike Lee = Good, thought provoking movies *two thumbs up to movies with good content and great storylines*

knobsaw

August 13th, 2012
11:24 am

At some point, we all need to realize that there is an agenda to ensure that images potrayed of African-Americans in this society are as negative as possible. Check out the news outlets 1st, then go to the entertainment(music, movies, magazines). WAKE UP!!! We are the only ones that can truly control us. As long as we continue to support stereo typical films, disrespectful and talent-less music, and bafoonery on television the agenda will strive as it has been since the end of the civil-rights movement of the 1960s. Spike’s work is very important and timeless in it’s content. Let’s see if Madea will be as relevant in 25 years. To not support a certain artist because of the content of their art, does not make you a so-called “hater”, it reveals your intelligence.

Trey

August 13th, 2012
11:26 am

Got my edukation at APS

Jason

August 13th, 2012
11:27 am

Although Spike should probably keep his opinions about Perry to himself – he is right. Perry buys into corny, outdated stereotypes of southern black people, and insipid, slapstick comedy that can be funny, but possessing a much larger audience than spike, who is a REAL director; Spike may come off as ‘angry black’ to many, but I also find that this comes from people who really don’t watch his films and try to understand what he is trying to project. Spike Lee is a great director and writer, an important artist

mommyof2

August 13th, 2012
11:30 am

I like Spike’s movies but in person, he’s an ass. I’ve met him a couple of times and he never was appreciative of fan support.

Riley

August 13th, 2012
11:31 am

I’m going to give a shout out here to Andre, Tom Hoffman, and his little dog ember in Chantilly, Virginia

Gayle

August 13th, 2012
11:36 am

Here all the Tyler Perry haters. You just hate his successfulness. Its not about the movies it’s his success that you all despises.

[...] Lee curtly said when asked about his fellow filmmaker. The Atlanta Journal Constitution has more: Do not ask Spike Lee about Tyler [...]

Shiri

August 13th, 2012
11:40 am

Talk about somebody who hates white people, Spike Lee is the poster child. He won’t support anybody who is white….

Real Men Wear Dresses and Knee-highs

August 13th, 2012
11:42 am

Perry is an exceptional filmmaker.
Unfortunately for him he peaked about 20 years ago.
I plan to see the new film, and I hope it does well. Maybe it will be bring Spike back from the brinks of marginal relevancy.
Even when he is not producing great films, he manages to contribute to a culture of dialogue and empathy in this country. He has always been a conversation starter.
The larger conversation that he seems to be afraid to meet head on lately is rampany homophobia in the greater African-American community.
Clearly Lee and Perry have very different styles, and it would be shallow to try to lump them together as “black filmmaker.” So why would Lee feel it necessary to criticize Perry? Does he think we don’t notice that Lee’s work has gretaer artistic integrity? Or does he he just feel obliged to prove how straight he is by picking on the gay kid in his class?

Dodge Carithers

August 13th, 2012
11:42 am

Spike is still angry and it is not so at Tyler Perry it is because Tyler is so far ahead of him in the film industry-remember this is America and what little freedom we have we do not have to hug and kiss Spike Lee Movies-a little humorous goes a long way to the banks. I Like Tyler perry and Madea and looks like Lee do have a house of personal pains.

Artie

August 13th, 2012
11:49 am

I’d only go to a Spike Lee file if he dressed up as a heavy set women chasing unruly kids around all day with a spoon. Now that would make a ton of cash!

[...] Lee curtly said when asked about his fellow filmmaker. The Atlanta Journal Constitution has more: Do not ask Spike Lee about Tyler [...]

gunga din

August 13th, 2012
11:57 am

they are both useless hacks that produce trash that only a few people will go see. tyler makes his money by portraying blacks as horny buffoons. spike makes his by portraying blacks as poor victims of the white man.

Cinder Toomey

August 13th, 2012
11:59 am

I loved ‘Training Day’ and ‘Ray.’

Cinder Toomey

August 13th, 2012
12:02 pm

My two favorite TV shows are ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Meet the Browns.’