Me liking this got me thinking about Spike Lee’s recent comments about Django unchained, and how it disrespects his ancestors.
I guess what really bothers me about Lee’s comments is summed up in an incident at my work a couple of years ago. We were teaching an incendiary mix of Palestinian and Holocaust literature (don’t ask) to under-achieving freshman students, many of whom on this particular campus are from Middle Eastern backgrounds. Fortunately there were only one or two who expressed anti-semitic sentiments in their term papers, and these were dealt with by the university disciplinary committees. At a meeting, however, the course co-ordinator turned to the only one of us she knew was Jewish and apologized specifically to him.
‘I’m sorry,’ she said, ‘This must be upsetting to you.’
My colleague blanched and took a moment. ‘It must be upsetting to all of us,’ he said.