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Spike vs. Clint: Spike Strikes Back! Plus: Wait, Are There Black People in ‘Flags of Our Fathers’ After All?

Clint and Spike, during happier times.Photo: WireImage


Needless to say, it didn't take Spike Lee long to respond to Clint Eastwood's request that Lee "shut his face" about the lack of black soldiers in Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima. (If you had "over the weekend" in the Spike Responds office pool, you're a winner!) "First of all, the man is not my father and we're not on a plantation either," Lee told ABCNews.com. He then called Eastwood an "angry old man," before hilariously claiming the "Obama high road" and refusing further comment. Long live feuds! We're looking forward to Clint's upcoming response of "Shut your pie hole," or "Shut your yap," or maybe "Refrain from speaking."

In other news, though, a commenter on our last post on this beef claims that, in fact, black soldiers do appear in Flags of Our Fathers, possibly rendering this entire argument moot.

The commenter, alynch, presents as evidence this photo:

And says that while "it's only a brief cutaway," "it's enough to refute Spike's main charge that the film's not even acknowledging their existence."

Is alynch right? We don't know — we've never seen Flags of Our Fathers, because we find most war movies super boring. This photo could be from that movie, or it could be from basically any other war movie that we also haven't seen. It would be really funny if this entire argument happened because neither Spike Lee nor anyone else actually cared about watching Flags of Our Fathers. Why hasn't anyone YouTubed this yet? Get on it, people!

Spike Strikes Back: Clint's 'an Angry Old Man' [ABC News]

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