While Spike Lee spent Tuesday sniping with Celtic fans at the TD Garden (and on Twitter), fellow writer/actor/director Tyler Perry gave Spike a piece of his mind at a press conference. “I’m so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee,” said Perry, ostensibly promoting Madea’s Big Family. “Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me, I am sick of him saying, ‘this is a coon, this is a buffoon.’ I am sick of him talking about black people going to see movies. This is what he said: ‘you vote by what you see,’ as if black people don’t know what they want to see.” Lee had suggested that Perry’s sitcoms Meet The Browns and House Of Payne were “coonery and buffoonery” in 2009, cracking “We got a black president, and we going back to Mantan Moreland and Sleep ‘n’ Eat?”
While Perry is an easy target (none of the films he’s directed have scored higher than 55/100 on Metacritic), the infamously argumentative Lee has also gotten into verbal scuffles with more critically acclaimed directors like Clint Eastwood (who told Lee to “shut his face” after Lee complained about whitewashing in Clint’s Iwo Jima films). Steven Spielberg mediated the beef between Eastwood and Lee—is anyone going to step forward to get a truce between these two, or should we expect Spike to tweet off once he gets over last night’s Knicks loss (“The Sun rises in a Orange and Blue Sky in AM”)?
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