Advertisement

Spike Lee, Who Owns Courtside Knicks Tickets, Shamefully BEGS You To Support His Kickstarter…

spike-lee-sucks

Director Spike Lee – who owns insanely awesome New York Knicks courtside seats, and has another major motion picture arriving later this year (Oldboy on October 25) – grovels and begs fans to donate money via Kickstarter for his next feature project, which sounds like it has horror elements. He laments on the good old days of filmmaking, basically stating that the only way he can make film truly in “his” vision is for you to pay for it – not by selling his courtside Knicks seats or anything like that, of course…

He’d be eternally grateful if you help him achieve his lifelong dream, which can only happen if he raises a measly $1.25 million in funds. His begging and groveling hit me right in the heart, as I too, want Spike Lee to be happy, and to have a very successful and fruitful life. He deserves it. (Just to be extra clear…I’m being extremely sarcastic.)

If you’re dying to help his cause, which is straight from the heart, the project will focus on human beings who are addicted to blood, as Variety first reported. “Funny, sexy, and bloody (and it’s not “Blacula”),” he added.

Do you wish to see Human Beings dealing with each other on a Human Level?” he asked. “How many more explosions with Ear splitting Sound Effects can you take?

His campaign video is below, and 100% worthy of your time. It’s magical to watch someone of Lee’s stature beg like he hasn’t had anything to eat in weeks…

  • purplebeans

    Hey dude, I’m still fuming over “Oldboy” too, but there’s no need to single out JUST Lee. Other wealthy people have shamefully used Kickstarter for their benefit.

    “…(Zach) Braff reportedly earned $350,000 per episode for his role on TV’s Scrubs during its later seasons, which means that he could have financed “Wish I Was Here” on less than half a season’s worth of earnings. Even if he doesn’t have $2 million to spare right now, he could almost certainly get a loan for that amount, especially if the film is fully insured…”

  • ImPetrified

    Tell it like it is MrDisgusting! Why can’t blacks use their OWN money to finance films? You know, like 0% of independent films made by european directors. Also it’s not like studios use, you know, banks or investors or anything. The executives always sell off their property and personal assets to fund their movies, everyone knows that!

    Also it’s hilarious seeing a successful black filmmaker beg and grovel! Must funnier than any other independent horror kickstarter effort by white filmmakers you’ve pimped out in the past. Your wondrously insightful observations have officially furthered the solidarity of the human race! I solute you, Good Sir!

    • Incinerated

      Heavy handed as this piece is, I also felt it was racist. Hopefully Mr. Disgusting gets responsible in this area and becomes aware of white privilege some day.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Sick.and.Twisted.Art Dick Starr

        There was absolutely NOTHING racist said in this story. Yes, it singled out Spike Lee. Yes, Spike Lee is black. But, if you replaced the name Spike Lee with Tom Cruise, there would be no racial implications whatsoever in this article. I don’t dislike Spike Lee because he’s black, I dislike him because he’s preachy as hell and most of his films suck (imo). I feel the same way about Lars Von Trier…but not because he’s Danish…it’s because his films fucking suck…in my opinion.

        Do the right thing…don’t make it a race thing.

        This is simply the person that founded the website using his ability to spotlight something/someone that is movie related. If you don’t agree with him, say so. He’s made this place here for you to leave your feedback. But don’t accuse him of being racist because the featured director happens to be a black man. Wtf?

        • Incinerated

          I take it you’re not aware of how racism works, how underlying beliefs are revealed even when not explicitly or conscientiously stated, or what white privilege is. One doesn’t have to use racist words to be racist.

          As ImPetrified pointed out, the level of criticism in this story, and I do read BD regularly, reflects an unequal singling out and level of harshness, which would be racist.
          It wasn’t about Tom Cruise, so saying ‘if it was someone else’ means nothing. It is what it is. If you don’t see it, that’s too bad for you and society as a whole. I won’t hate you or Mr. Disgusting.

          Also, I made no accusation. I stated what I felt and hoped Mr. Disgusting would understand white privilege. Whether his comments are racist or not, it would help him see why I felt the way I did about what was written.

          Nothing racist said here either, btw, at least not as you would currently understand it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge7i60GuNRg

          • http://www.facebook.com/Sick.and.Twisted.Art Dick Starr

            When I pointed out that the Celebrity could’ve been interchangeable…what I meant was, at no time in any way, was a race or color ever mentioned. The article was about Spike Lee the human being…not Spike Lee the black guy. The quicker people realize that every person (regardless of color, sex, sexual preference, or country of origin) is equal as a human being, means the quicker we can go back to how funny it is watching rich celebs asking for funding from the fans that will also be expected to pay to see the film…regardless of what color the rich celebrity is.

          • Pandasftuw

            “I take it you’re not aware of how racism works, how underlying beliefs are revealed even when not explicitly or conscientiously stated,”

            That isn’t how racism works, that’s how you suspecting racism, rather irrationally in this instance, worked.

            If they aren’t stated then you can not presume them to be true without evidence, subtext and your interpretation aren’t good enough evidence. There was not one racist comment in the article that had nothing to do with race. Therefore your accusation of the article being racist needs to be sustained with proof; in fact if I was the accused I would demand so. You taking a wild and unfounded guess what his underlying beliefs are isn’t proof and that is not how racism works. I need you to first explain how racist beliefs were revealed when nothing racist was stated, not explicitly, I’m talking about not being stated at all.
            “or what white privilege is. One doesn’t have to use racist words to be racist.”

            For you to make offensive and patronizing assumptions like this writer being unaware of what white privilege is just baseless. And you can be damn sure Spike Lee with as mentioned courtside tickets is a lot more privileged than most people suffering in poverty.
            One doesn’t have to use racist word to be racist, correct. But they do have to express/show racist views and hold those views earnestly; neither of those two things was done here.

            “As ImPetrified pointed out, the level of criticism in this story, and I do read BD regularly, reflects an unequal singling out and level of harshness, which would be racist.”

            I’m not sure if it was by the same guy but Kevin Smith gets worse treatment. It could be racist, not would be. Lots of things could be racist, there’s a big leap from that to it actually being racist and you having a proof to call it so. By your logic any insult of someone non white could be racist. The reality is we aren’t mind readers so unless it actually is racist there’s no use in bringing it up. It could be he didn’t report on the other celebs using kickstarter as they aren’t using horror elements, it could be it’s just the first time he chose to speak out about it, it could be many other things that aren’t racist. Unfounded assumptions and paranoia isn’t proof. Also, I’m letting you know I’m a female so if your response to me is ANY less harsh or more harsh, it could be sexist, couldn’t it?

            “If you don’t see it, that’s too bad for you and society as a whole”

            It isn’t really bad for society to not hold these overly paranoid and unfounded suspicions.

            “Also, I made no accusation.”

            You said: ,
            “I also felt it was racist”

            “Nothing racist said here either, btw, at least not as you would currently understand it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge7i60GuNRg”

            Actually there was something racist said there, obviously you didn’t understand it.

            The two black women said they didn’t think a white boy would steal or something along those lines, that is extremely offensive to black men.

            Yes, the reactions show a racist and sexist response which is societal racism. Societal racism doesn’t make any criticism of any person racist, sorry. I’m black and feel to criticism me all you want, it isn’t racist unless A) it is about my race or B) you don’t hold white people to the same standard, and I bet if you simply asked the writer if he has the same view of white rich people it would be yes, but that would take more intelligence that just baselessly shouting racist.

          • morrisseylikesburgers

            Holy shit, go back to Tumblr you fucking dork.

          • Incinerated

            @Pandasftuw, I stated my feelings (“I felt”), and I’m not sure how you think that’s an accusation. I didn’t decide anything about Mr. Disgusting except that he would have been more careful and not so aggressive if he understood white privilege.

            “One doesn’t have to use racist word to be racist, correct. But they do have to express/show racist views and hold those views earnestly; neither of those two things was done here.”
            Essentially, you’re allowed to be a mind reader, while I’m not allowed to have my doubts; which isn’t mind reading. Or is it that you have a shallow understanding of “views” that would lead you to believe there’s nothing racist about higher conviction rates and sentences for blacks compared to whites facing the same charges in the judicial system just because no “racist views” are expressed?

          • Pandasftuw

            Oh what a surprise, someone made an idiotic comment online and instead of accepting it, they chose to attempt to defend it with further nonsense. Yay for the never ending circle.

            “I stated my feelings (“I felt”), and I’m not sure how you think that’s an accusation.”

            Are you dense? So if I feel that you’re a child murderer, that’s not an accusation?

            “I didn’t decide anything about Mr. Disgusting except that he would have been more careful and not so aggressive if he understood white privilege.”
            So anyone who criticizes someone who happens to black automatically doesn’t understand white privilege? Yeah, that is still a baseless assumption.
            Spike Lee has succeeded in spite of white privilege so why should he be criticized any less harshly because of his race? That sentiment is beyond ridiculous and extremely patronizing. Also, I don’t think you understand male privilege, if you did your comment wouldn’t have been so aggressive and patronizing towards me. See how that works?

            So you think whenever something is criticized, such as murder, it should be criticized less harshly if the person is black? Is this what you’re advocating for? Regardless of begging for money whilst rich or murder, people should be criticized that same amount for that act regardless of race. We don’t want special immunity from harsh criticism for our actions and we don’t need idiots like you speaking on behalf of us as if we do.

            “Essentially, you’re allowed to be a mind reader, while I’m not”
            Where is my mind reading? Saying no racist views were expressed in the article doesn’t make me a mind reader it makes me a sane person who actually read the article.

            “allowed to have my doubts; which isn’t mind reading.”
            You didn’t have doubts you stated outright you felt the article was racist, not that it could be.

            “Or is it that you have a shallow understanding of “views” that would lead you to believe there’s nothing racist about higher conviction rates and sentences for blacks compared to whites facing the same charges in the judicial system just because no “racist views” are expressed?”

            Those aren’t views they are societal and systemic racism. Why do you think you’re the only person who knows about racism? You’re not, nor are you well informed. It just makes you look like a delusion poor reader, given I mentioned societal racism before you in the very post you just replied to:
            Yes, the reactions show a racist and sexist response which is societal racism. Societal racism doesn’t make any criticism of any person racist, sorry. I’m black and feel to criticism me all you want, it isn’t racist unless A) it is about my race or B) you don’t hold white people to the same standard, and I bet if you simply asked the writer if he has the same view of white rich people it would be yes, but that would take more intelligence that just baselessly shouting racist.
            That last comment still holds true. So try again. Because god forbid you acknowledge your idiotic train of thought and apologize for making baseless accusations and not having the intelligence needed to just ask instead of brand.
            Oh I have a shallow understanding? Wow I feel that is very sexist, there’s no sexist views expressed there but because societal sexism exists by your logic it is safe to assume you’re sexist, right? It’s also safe to assume if you understood male privilege you wouldn’t have been so harsh?

          • Incinerated

            @Pandasftuw, feelings are accusations? You say that as if that’s how they bring people up on charges in the judicial system. And, yes, you can feel I’m a child murderer. You can feel whatever you want because your feelings are yours and I’m not a tyrant who cares to tell you what you can and can’t feel.

            I don’t know what your gender is and I still hold no assumptions about your gender. So, male privilege is a faulty comparison since we know Spike Lee is part of an oppressed people group.

            I could go on, but I’ll wrap up my involvement here by pointing out that through the efforts of three people here I have been told what not to do, what not to say, that I should leave, and have been told what I’m thinking.

            I didn’t tell anyone to do anything. I said what I felt and what I hoped. Even still, others are seeking to squelch my freedoms. Highly oppressive… and just because I felt there were latent racist beliefs at work in this piece? Talk about supremacy.

            I’m not leaving BD for tumblr or whatever, but I won’t be looking at anymore comments on this article. So, if you still feel threatened by my feelings and hopes, write whatever you want and I won’t see it, ha.

          • Pandasftuw

            “feelings are accusations?”
            What’s the difference between you thinking something and feeling it? Both require reasoning unless you’re irrational.
            “I think/feel the article is racist” isn’t phrased as an accusation, but it still accuses the article of racism, again, are you dense? This really shouldn’t need explaining. Just because you stated the accusation as an opinion doesn’t make it less of one. smh
            “You say that as if that’s how they bring people up on charges in the judicial system.”
            No I don’t.

            “ And, yes, you can feel I’m a child murderer. You can feel whatever you want because your feelings are yours and I’m not a tyrant who cares to tell you what you can and can’t feel.”
            And you see no accusation in that? Lmfao, how’s that sinking ship?

            “I don’t know what your gender is”
            Yes you do as you were informed in my very first reply. Try again, sexist.

            “I didn’t tell anyone to do anything. I said what I felt and what I hoped. Even still, others are seeking to squelch my freedoms.”
            I’m speak on behalf of myself and I have done nothing much debunk your idiotic train of thoughts, you are not immune from criticism, you are free to be a condescending paranoid individual and I am free to address the abundance of idiocy in your post.
            “Highly oppressive… and just because I felt there were latent racist beliefs at work in this piece? Talk about supremacy.”
            How is me disagreeing with you supremacy? You have to be a troll, no one is this ridiculous.

            “So, if you still feel threatened by my feelings and hopes, write whatever you want and I won’t see it, ha.”
            Because ignorance is the true road a person with legitimate reasons for his accusations takes.
            I’ve clearly debunked your logic, exposed your idiocy and used your own train of thought against you and you have no good defense. Any intellectually honest person would admit that and be able to see the failure in their hasty accusation, but as I said you’re a never ending circle.

  • mav07

    This pisses me off. I do like the idea of CERTAIN projects using kickstarter to raise funds. Like established material that maybe the studio is just sitting on with hopes of developing material later on for cheap i.e. New Lines Friday the 13th sequel. But when rich a-holes start asking the public to donate for something they have no clue what the actually material is, that really makes me hot.
    The successful “Veronica Mars” campaign is something I can get behind. Because that show has a small army of hardcore fans who gladly donated money to turn it into a movie because no studio would put up their own. This show and many like it can benefit from having the public donate. Now I just wish Producers would stop relying on their “writers guild” rolodex and start listening to what the fans want. Yeah i’m looking at you Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Damian Shannon, Mark Swift, Wesley Strick. etc…

  • weresmurf

    Black, white, asian, martian. Who gives a shit.

    If I want something bad enough and I don’t have the money, I’ll look at my stuff and say ‘do I have anything I can sell to get that money?’

    Spike… got anything you can sell? Tickets? Movie rights? Mansions? Cars?

    Sorry but a lot of his comments just reeked of ‘I heard they got free money so I gotta get in on that shit too.’ I was iffy about Braff, given his level of fame and the fact *he* has money, but Spikes even more succesful… so… yeh.

  • Krug09

    LOL This asshole will not get a penny from me.

  • mobstar67

    article has nothing racial going on..
    obviously Mr D is making the point that this is a obscenely rich man trying to get others to pay for his next film venture…
    that may rub people the wrong way considering that this guy spends millions annually to watch grown men play with a ball…
    thats his business more power to him but i can see how it can rub people the wrong way…
    if it were woody allen,john carpenter or kevin smith id feel the same way…
    i doubt for real Mr D singled out Spike Lee cuz he was black..

  • minya

    I’ll chip in if Spike dressed up in a female fat suit and kills Madena (Tyler Perry) in the movie…

  • Milk

    Wow. The comments. I don’t see how this is racist at all. He’s a rich dude begging for money. It is pathetic. It has nothing to do with the fact that he’s black.

    /Eyeroll

  • ColdmaN5

    I’m starting to hate the idea of Kickstarter more and more. I honestly take offense to both ends of the spectrum: The rich cocksuckers that beg for money, AND the poor saps that can’t raise up enough money to print off 300 copies of their CD that will never sell anyway, so they beg for money on Kickstarter.

    I can get behind some projects, like independent developers trying to raise (a reasonable amount of) money to finish a game, but most of it is unnecessary, this included. What happened to the “good ol’ days”, where if you couldn’t raise the money yourself, or get a loan yourself, it didn’t get done? Now, no one has to strive for anything any more, because they can just ask for the money online. Granted, they won’t necessarily get it, but there’s still a chance they will.

    My wife and I barely have expendable income, but I still managed to save up $1,000 to produce, record, and manufacture a CD. It’s just disgusting that there will always be people to take advantage of things like Kickstarter, just because they’re too lazy to drum up funds themselves.

    Again a disclaimer: Some campaigns are legit. I’m just referring to the “artists” that need $1,000 to print off copies of their debut CD. Jesus Christ that pisses me off, I don’t care how many people are willing to pay it.