Spike Lee Failed Us With ‘Chiraq’

'Chiraq' misses the mark to say something poignant about the violence in Chicago.

Spike Lee’s answer to violence plaguing the streets of Chicago is a sex strike.

No more bouncing booties on the pole.
No more free feels.
No more entrance between thunderous, chocolate thighs.

A sex strike.

When first hearing the name of Spike’s upcoming film, I already cringed. The controversial namesake to represent the violence in Chicago is not a beloved term by those living there every day.

As a native New Yorker, Brooklyn to be exact, I always found myself annoyed when visiting other states and being barraged with questions like “have you ever held a gun” or “have you ever been or seen a person get shot” or my favorite, “were you ever a girlfriend to a member of a gang.”

It’s suburban ignorance that you fight with day in and day out because movies like Spike Lee’s Chiraq make it possible to do so.

What exactly is Spike Lee saying when he juxtaposes a drought in sex to violence? The black man is a bloodhound; fueled by sex and murder. In the light of recent tragedies across the nation, does this famed filmmaker really want to negatively contribute to the mounting realities of violence faced by black men worldwide?

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About Alley Olivier (84 Articles)
Alley Olivier is a Brooklyn woman wearing many literal and figurative hats – snapback, bucket, and fedora if she feels like it. The short-haired founder and CEO of ButtahMedia, Alley operates as the Managing Editor for BrooklynButtah.com; churning out insightful interviews, balancing her opinions on all things pop culture, and ensuring entrepreneurs find useful information that is without the scientific jargon. When she isn’t consumed by everything Buttah, find her pen flexing on Ebony.com, xoNecole.com, and Caribbean Life Newspaper. Follow her everywhere @All3Y_B.

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