One thing you can say about Spike Lee is that he never minces his words especially when it comes to critiquing Hollywood. Check out a clip of the Q&A after a screening of his film Red Hook Summer at Sundance
Around 15:00 Spike really goes in after Chris Rock asks a him a question:
Rock simply asked, “What would you had done differently if you had actually gotten a bunch of studio money? I just want to know.” :
“We never went to the studios with this film. I told you. I bought a camera and we said we’re gonna do this motherf***ing film ourselves. We weren’t going to go to the studios. The plan was to make the film, bring it to Sundance – I didn’t need a motherf***ing studio telling me something about Red Hook! They know nothing about black people. Nothing. And they’re gonna give me notes about what a young 13-year-old black boy and girl do in ‘Red Hook’? F**k no!”
So we made the film ourselves so we wouldn’t have any notes, because we feel there’s a motherf***ing audience for this film – excuse my profanity, my wife is looking at me like I’m crazy – but I don’t know what else we can do. We had to do it ourselves. We shot motherf***ing ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ in twelve days back in 1986. And when I was waiting for Universal [Pictures] to do the sequel to ‘Inside Man,’ my biggest endeavor, I couldn’t wait any longer! We had to do it ourselves! [...] Can we have more questions for the kids? Imma get off the stage. Please. Sorry for that motherf**king tyrant.