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Watch: Spike Lee Strongly Defends Kickstarter Campaign & Matthew McConaughey Reaveals His Fave Spike Lee Joint

Watch: Spike Lee Strongly Defends Kickstarter Campaign & Matthew McConaughey Reaveals His Fave Spike Lee Joint

This past week or so, it’s been all about Spike Lee doin’ work. The filmmaker launched a Kickstarter campaign for his next film last week, and faced immediate support and criticism for his efforts to crowdsource $1.25 million dollars, but he’s been pushing forward with the enthusiasm he’s known for. He’s received high profile support and funds from Steven Soderbergh, dropped his list of Essential Films that he gives his students and has been spending a lot of time elaborating how his efforts are bringing a new audience to Kickstarter. But he may have reached a tipping point in defending his latest joint.

Yesterday, the filmmaker appeared on Bloomberg’s “Smart Street,” where host Trish Reegan gave what is probably one of the worst intros you can give a guest on a show. She doesn’t waste a moment, starting the segment by claiming that there are calls for Spike Lee to end his Kickstarter campaign and doesn’t waste a second in accusing the director of having the funds to finance the picture himself. No surprise that Lee doesn’t react well, and he offers a heated defense of what he’s doing. That’s not to say that Reegan’s criticisms are invalid, but there probably more constructive ways to get into that discussion without hanging your guest out to dry right from the start.

Meanwhile, Matthew McConaughey is the latest celeb to voice his support for Lee, releasing a little video where he explains his love for “Malcolm X.”

There’s just under three weeks to go on Lee’s campaign as it crosses the $500,000 mark today. It’s going to be a very interesting race to the finale.


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Comments

JGuile

Fuck Spike Lee. He has contributed so little to what actually constitutes good directing that he is actually insignificant himself. This is why this runt felt he had to trample over this poor news anchor's segment. Spielberg and Lucas have more talent in their pinkies than this asshole will ever have.

@JT his body of work pales in comparison to most other well-known directors regardless of effort put into his independent work.

Ty

Spike also paved the way for many "white" actors too. The beautiful thing about Kickstarter is that the rabid fundamentalists on this site can't stop people from adding their money to the project. I am headed over there to donate right now because money speaks louder than the nonsense you Spike haters are posting.

Huffy

Not a big fan of the way Spike handles himself sometimes but criticizing his kickstarter is stupid. If people want t give him money why stop them? And the "he's taking money away from filmmakers who need it" is moronic since most people are funding the movie because its a Spike Lee joint. I doubt those people would give their donation to a smaller project if Lee was t on board.

MDL

The truth is any criticism of Spike Lee is actually a criticism of the people funding his movie. Why would anyone attack others for wanting to spend their money this way? They want to be a part of his new project. Good for them.

ryan

Arrogant is an understatement….but to give him shit because of crowd funding is boring and stupid.

TJ Duane

Actually, I think Spike is 100% here. I know his rhetoric pisses off a lot of people, but he has a right to get testy here based on the fact that they're setting him up with loaded questions and a loaded introduction.

It's kind of BS that he's getting attacked for this Kickstarter.

Matt N.

Thanks for covering this, guys. I think more people need to see what a piece of shit Spike Lee really is. His arrogance and self-righteousness is astounding.

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