Leslie Byron Pitt examines the current controversy between director Spike Lee and a freelance graphic designer
I Never Heard Of This Guy Juan Luis Garcia,If He Has A Beef It’s Not With Me.I Did Not Hire Him,Do Not Know Him.Cheap Trick Writing To Me.YO
— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) November 28, 2013
For me, the saddest thing comes from a brief exchange from a friend (and freelance writer) who reminded me of the one other thing that none of us really wanted to bring up: race.
This of course is in an ideal world; where freelancers don’t get screwed for their work, and if they do, the at least they can reach out to a director who will hear them out first as opposed to a 140 character cold shoulder. We can only dream. Unfortunately in reality I find myself yelling at yet another open letter and likening Spike Lee to how Chris Rock feels about Hip Hop. I love him but I’m tired of defending him.
Leslie Byron Pitt is a freelance film critic. You can read more of his writing on his blog site www.afrofilmviewer.com/