Hollywood: Italic Institute of America says ‘Spike Lee Should Practice What He Preaches’

As recently reported on Singersroom, Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood exchanged words over Lee’s criticism of Eastwood’s Iwo Jima films “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters From Iwo Jima,” which he claims ignored black characters. However, according to the Italic Institute of America “Lee should practice what he preaches.” Earlier this month Eastwood responded to Lee’s claims stating the films were historically accurate and that Lee should “shut his face,” to which Lee quipped that Eastwood “is not my father, and we’re not on a plantation.” According to Bill Dal Cerro, president of the Italic Institute of America, Lee may have his own anti-Italian racist tendencies to worry about. “Spike Lee is very talented, but I sometimes wish he’d practice what he preaches,” Dal Cerro said. “His points about African-Americans are well taken, but, ironically, he does the same thing to Italians in his films.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Italic Institute of America has criticized Lee in the past for his portrayal of Italian-Americans in “Do the Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever” and has expressed worry about “Miracle at St. Anna,” Lee’s upcoming World War II drama set in Italy.

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