Outrage Watch: Chance the Rapper unleashes on Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’

12.04.15 1 year ago

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The films of Spike Lee tend to provoke strong reactions, and the situation is no different with his latest effort, the provocatively-titled gun-violence satire “Chi-Raq.”

So who's outraged this time? Though the film has accrued a long list of critics in advance of its release, the highest-profile yet is Chicago-bred MC Chance the Rapper, who in a vicious Twitter rant Friday charged the fantastical, destined-to-be-polarizing film for being an “exploitive” and “problematic” look at his native city's epidemic of gun violence:

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Based on Aristophanes' “Lysistrata,” “Chi-Raq” centers on a group of women in a violence-plagued Chicago neighborhood who withhold sex from their husbands and boyfriends in an effort to persuade them to put down their guns. Starring Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack and Jennifer Hudson, the film hits limited theaters this weekend.

(h/t Vulture)

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