The first trailer for the upcoming Spike Lee film, Chi-Raq, debuted earlier in the week to a slew of criticism and backlash, specifically from Chicago’s hip-hop community.
A number of young, Chicago rappers took to social media to slam the film for the humorous tone showcased in the preview… while violence continues to plague the city.
Following the uproar, director Spike Lee took to the Internet to explain… dismissing any notion that his film should be viewed as a comedy, rather than the satire it’s meant to be.
“There are very humorous moments in the trailer. Some people are getting it twisted, and thinking this is a comedy. Chi-Raq is not a comedy. Chi-Raq is a satire,” Spike explained. “There’s a difference between humor and comedy. In no way, shape or form are we not respectful of the situation that is happening in Chi-Raq. In no way, shape or form are we making light of the lives that have been murdered with this senseless violence.”
He continues, saying Chi-Raq, in its entirety, is a serious film, tackling very serious issues.
“People, don’t get it twisted. This film is about serious business,” Spike Lee said. “And, there’s many films that we can look in the history of American cinema that are treated very serious subject matter that had humor in them.”
Chi-Raq is due out Dec. 4.