WATCH: Spike Lee under fire for “Chiraq” as Kanye protege Rhymefest says “Spike Lee exploited poor people”

Chiraq movie trailer - Spike Lee under fire - Rhymefest goes off - - DC Livers

( – It was the tweet heard round world.

Moments ago, Chicago-based songwriter Rhymefest, who is best known for writing Kanye West’s song “Jesus Walks” and winning an Oscar for writing the song, “Glory” for Ava Duvernay‘s movie “Selma” declared war on Spike Lee.

“Spike Lee exploited poor people,” Rhymefest tweeted to the world.

As if he needed the publicity, Rhymefest threw himself into the national debate about whether Spike Lee should have changed the name of the movie. Spike Lee’s “Chiraq” has received a new trailer, a month ahead of its release.

The film centers on gang violence by men in some of Chicago’s neighborhoods, based on the Greek comedy “Lysistrata,” by Aristophanes.

The trailer starts with a flashing “This is an emergency” repeated three times, followed by basic story of women deciding that they are going to withhold sex via the pledge “I will deny rights of access and entrance.”

The trailer showcases Teyonah Paris, who stars as Lysistrata, along with Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Cannon and John Cusack.

Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate are teaming up with Amazon to release the film in a limited release on Dec. 4, followed by a release on Amazon Instant Video.



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