Yesterday, Spike Lee’s Chiraq film was previewed for fans, as the first official trailer released online. Despite some of the high anticipation surrounding the movie, it was also met with a lot of criticism, much of it coming from actual Chicago residents. One of those disapproving of the film’s release is rapper Rhymefest, who expressed his concerns about the movie in an interview with Sun Times. He revealed that he already saw a copy of the script before the trailer, which he wasn’t a fan of, and the trailer only confirmed his skepticism.
He explained, “I saw the trailer. It looks just like the script I read, and it verified everything I thought. I was more shocked when I saw the trailer than when I was reading the script. I grieved for the 9-year-old little boy who was shot [Tyshawn Lee], and now a comedy [“Chi-Raq”] is being made about death in Chicago.” He continued, “THAT’S how we want to depict our community? THAT’S the answer?” Rhymefest went on to explain what is really happening in Chicago, compared to its portrayal in the movie. “Spike Lee should have used Chicago writers. None of them were from Chicago. This movie is not about a war. This is not a war. Wars are fought for a reason generally. People fight over land, over money. . . . That’s not what’s happening on Chicago’s South Side . . . . People like to say its gangs fighting over turf. That’s not it. It’s senseless violence. People feel disrespected and not validated,” he said.
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It looks like Rhymefest will not be in line at the box office when ‘Chiraq’ is released.