The 'Do The Right Thing' Reviews Spike Lee Called 'Uncut, Unfiltered Racism'

June 30, 2014 1:29 PM

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The 'Do The Right Thing' Reviews Spike Lee Called 'Uncut, Unfiltered Racism'

According to something called New York City Weather Archive, temperatures in New York on June 30, 1989 were relatively mild. That's ironic since what played out in local movie theaters on that day was sweltering: Spike Lee's third film, the sweat-soaked "Do the Right Thing," debuted on the final day of June in 1989. The drama put Lee on the map as a filmmaker, was first-date material for Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson, and started conversations about race relations that continue to this very day.

But 25 years later, Lee still bristles to the reaction three prominent white writers had to his film. The 57-year-old director has often criticized former New York Magazine critic David Denby, former New York Magazine political columnist Joe Klein and former Newsweek critic Jack Kroll for their view...

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