Audiences are finally getting a look at Spike Lee’s much-anticipated new film, “Chiraq.”
A trailer for the controversial project, which explores the epidemic of gun violence in Chicago, debuted online Tuesday. It features a star-studded cast – Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Nick Cannon, Angela Bassett and Dave Chappelle, just to name a few – and a more sardonic tone than some might expect. The film appears to portray a fictional movement led by women of color to deprive men of sex if they insist on engaging in gun violence:
“Chiraq” has been a lightening rod ever since it’s title (which is a nod to a popular hip-hop meme which links the Windy City to the war zones of Iraq) was announced. Lee, never one to back down from a public spat, has been outspoken about the opposition his film has faced from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who he recently referred to as a “bully.” Lee and Emanuel met early on in the film’s production to try to reach common ground to no avail.
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