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Chance the Rapper slams Spike Lee and “Chi-Raq”: “You don’t live here, you’ve never watched someone die here”

The Chicago artist called the filmmaker’s movie about a sex strike to stop violence “a slap in the face”


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Brendan Gauthier
December 4, 2015 8:52pm (UTC)

Chicago artist Chance The Rapper took to Twitter this afternoon to subtweet Spike Lee, criticizing the motivations of the Brooklyn director's satirical new dramedy "Chi-raq." The film, which goes into limited release today, examines gang violence in Chicago's South Side through the lens of that classic Aristophanes joint, "Lysistrata."

https://twitter.com/chancetherapper/status/672856445830995968

In the Aristophanes play, the eponymous Lysistrata convinces other Greek women to withhold sex to successfully end the Peloponnesian War.

"It's a satire," Lee just told a crowd during a streaming interview with AOL. "The whole sex strike thing is a metaphor for how there's a power within yourself to change the world."

"Parts of Chicago are the murder capitol of the world," Spike continued, seemingly fed up with negative press, during the q-and-a portion of the interview. "That's not Spike Lee making shit up."

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Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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