Django Unchained may be one of Quentin Tarantino's highest-grossing openers ever, but it's certainly not without its critics. Last week, Spike Lee suggested that the gory revenge fantasy was insulting to black Americans by tweeting, "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves.Stolen From Africa.I Will Honor Them." Now, Training Day director Antoine Fuqua has come to Tarantino's defense by calling out Lee for taking his objections public. "If you disagree with the way a colleague did something," he said at the Capri Film Festival today, "call him up, invite him out for a coffee, talk about it. But don’t do it publicly." As for whether he found Django Unchained's take on sensitive racial issues offensive, Fuqua said, "I don’t think Quentin Tarantino has a racist bone in his body. Besides, I'm good friends with [Django star] Jamie Foxx and he wouldn't have anything to do with a film that had anything racist to it." As for Tarantino, he has yet to respond publicly to Lee, though he did recently tell Harvard literary critic Henry Louis Gates Jr. that he absolutely despises early Western directors like John Ford, who killed off "faceless Indians [...] like zombies."
Watch our new series!
Vulture’s Secret History of Television
What Are the Best and Worst Musical TV Episodes?View all videos
Most Viewed Stories
Quentin Tarantıno on White Supremacy, Obama, and Why He Doesn’t Worry About a Transformers Future
Quentin Tarantino: The Complete Syllabus of His Influences and References
Do Yourself the Courtesy of Escaping No Escape
Netflix’s Narcos Is Addictive, Smart Entertainment
Why You Can’t Look Away From the Affleck Nanny Scandal
Pour a Glass of Chianti for This Supercut of the 3 Portrayals of Hannibal and Will’s Relationship and Because It’s Friday
Rami Malek 101: The Ultimate Guide to Your Summer Crush
How Did a Show Like Mr. Robot End Up on USA?
As a New The Girl With … Book Hits Shelves, Stieg Larsson’s Partner Continues to Fight for His Legacy
Z for Zachariah Takes a Thrilling, Intimate Approach to Dystopia
Latest News from VultureBryan Fuller on That Hannibal Finale and the Show's Campy, Sensual Undertones
“Their relationship has been verging on blue balls.”Hannibal Finale Recap: It's Beautiful
"This is all I've ever wanted for you, for us."You Can Rent Big Pink, the House Where Bob Dylan Recorded 'The Basement Tapes'
It's in upstate New York, and it has the futon of your Dylan dreams.The Cast for Lee Daniels's Richard Pryor Movie Is Comically Good
Best of all, Adam Sandler isn't producing it anymore.Twitter Teaches Angry Actor James Woods the Meaning of 'Hyperbole'
The company won't be naming any names for the litigious loudmouth, either.Russia Kills Its Only LGBT Film Festival
'The Youth Festival of Life Affirming Film' will takes its place.Apple Tries to Block Tidal's Stream of Drake's Charity Performance, Fails
Tidal and kids affected by Hurricane Katrina: 1, Apple: 0.Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith On Movies, Porn, and Working in Video Stores in the 1980s
He tried to steer middle-aged patrons to films he liked, while Kevin Smith notes a lot of them were more interested in the porn room.Do Yourself the Courtesy of Escaping No Escape
It’s just plain offensive — and not all that well made, either.Steve Carrel Is Replacing Bruce Willis in Woody Allen’s New Movie
Guess this isn't going to be an action movie after all.
Hannibal and Will, three ways.Z for Zachariah Takes a Thrilling, Intimate Approach to Dystopia
Even if you’re sick of end-of-the-world films, you might make an exception for this.The Weeknd Overreaches for Pop Grandeur on Beauty Behind the Madness
Abel Tesfaye can't feel his limits, either.Going Clear Director Alex Gibney Thinks Journalists Should Ask Tom Cruise the Tough Questions About Scientology
"We might as well be working for Tom Cruise."Season Two of VH1’s Hindsight Isn’t Happening After All
So much for loving the ’90s.Justin Bieber Will Be on the Today Show for a Whole Week [Updated]
We're calling it the Week of Biebs.Patti Smith Celebrates Electric Lady’s 45th Birthday by Playing Horses, Spitting on Her Celeb-Heavy Crowd
One of downtown rock 'n' roll's original BAMFs dances with the ghosts of her friends at an intimate celebration for Electric Lady.Ben Affleck Casts Chris Messina to Play His Friend (Just Like You’ve Always Wanted to Do)
In Live by Night.The Knocks and Glee’s Alex Newell Slay the Dance Floor in Their ‘Collect My Love’ Video
Make this a Friday night pregame requirement.AMC Is Planning a Stand-alone Web Series of Zombies on a Plane
The Flying Dead?