Donnell Rawlings Blasts Spike Lee for ‘Django’ Comments; Film Holds No. 2 at Box Office


Despite its many criticisms from Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained remains No. 2 at the box office. The flick beat out the star-studded adaptation of Les Miserables at the Friday night box office for the No. 2 spot after grossing $9.7 million, but couldn’t catch up to Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Django has made $43 million at the box office since its release on Christmas Day, marking another major win for Tarantino, who has been met with criticism for his use of the N-word in the film’s script. The word is used some 110 times in the movie. In an interview with VIBE TV, director Spike Lee slammed the film saying he wouldn’t see it because it was “disrespectful” to his ancestors. Lee’s own recent film Red Hook Summer deals with race issues as well, and the director has used the N-word in his films before, leading some to sound off on his hypocritical opinions. TMZ sounded off on the Spike Lee/Quentin Tarantino debate on Friday after they got footage of actor/comedian Donnell Rawlings — aka Ashy Larry from Chappelle’s Show — blasting Spike Lee for blasting Tarantino. Check out the footage (at the one minute mark) below.