Since the first trailer for CHI-RAQ dropped in early November, director Spike Lee has received backlash from the city’s hip-hop community.
Most recently, Chance The Rapper weighed in on the film… adding to the criticism.
“Let me be the one from Chicago to personally tell you we not supporting this film out here,” Chance wrote in a series of tweets. “That sh*t get ZERO love out here. Sh*t is goofy and it’s a bunch of ppl from NOT around here telling u to support that sh*t. The people that made that sh*t didn’t do so to ‘Save Lives.’ It’s exploitive and problematic.”
Let me be the one from Chicago to personally tell you we not supporting this film out here
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) December 4, 2015
While some criticized the film, likening it to a comedy, Lee has addressed the backlash, explaining that it is satire.
Apparently, CHI-RAQ is based on the Greek play, “Lysistrata”, in which women abstain from sex in order to stop local violence. Chance thinks this ideology is ridiculous.
“The idea that women abstaining from sex would stop murders is offensive and a slap in the face to any mother that lost a child here,” he said. “You don’t do any work with the children of Chicago, You don’t live here, you’ve never watched someone die here. Don’t tell me to be calm.”
In addition to Chance, local-bred rappers such as Rhymefest, Lil Bibby, Lil Durk and others have expressed their displeasure for the film.