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Spike Lee Says He’s Exposing Homophobia, Not Endorsing It

SPIKE LEEFirst of all, I’m not homophobic. Because I have a character say the word “faggot” or “homo” that does not mean that I’m homophobic. Martin Scorsese is not racist. The characters are people he grew up with, characters in the mean streets — that’s those people talking, not him.  In that world, those are the things people say. When I went to Morehouse College that’s the way they spoke, thought and talked about homosexuals… To be an artist, if you’re a novelist — every character you write is going to have the same vision?  How do you have conflict if everybody is agreeing?  Plus, what I’ve done is hold the mirror up. I’ve done a lot of showing what is happening now. I try to expose stuff by showing it — that doesn’t mean I’m endorsing it.”

 

— Filmmaker Spike Lee discussing criticism that his films are sometimes homophobic in an interview with out BET journalist Clay Cane