Female characters in his films are often flat, representing sex or temptation. He also uses women as a symbol of white power, either in and of themselves or as a perk of white male power. The female body remains the visual focus. Women either become the passive object of male sexual action, or sexually insatiable animals. In the sex scenes she is largely acted upon, particularly in the scene with Mars Blackmon, yet she is portrayed as having an overpowering sexual desire that is somehow unnatural through the eyes of the men in the film.
Spike Lee’s depiction of Jews improved since ‘Mo’ Better Blues’
Spike Lee’s depiction of Jews improved since ‘Mo’ Better Blues’ | The Times of Israel
The original film is about black sexuality: its protagonist, Nola Darling, an ambitious up-and-coming young artist in Brooklyn, shares herself physically and emotionally with three lovers. She is not shy about her relationships and feels no sense of shame. And it still does, though for different reasons, today. When the film was released I was a young black girl living in a working-class neighbourhood of Calgary. So much seemed out of reach to me, then, but not impossible. My parents were highly educated and had left Africa in their youth and so I grew up believing there was more beyond the horizon, but when I looked at the world, I saw very little of myself in it. Watching Nola today, I see a young woman trying to find her way, believing in the possible.
She’s Gotta Have It: how Spike Lee’s film revolutionised black sexuality onscreen
The film maker claims viewers would associate the channel with him, and has asked for an injunction against media giant Viacom's use of his name. He also claims one executive at the company -- who want to rename their TNN channel -- told him the name was reference to him. In court papers filed yesterday Lee says, "The media description of this change of name, as well as comments made to me and my wife, confirmed what was obvious -- that Spike TV referred to Spike Lee. Spike has called on Hollywood pals Edward Norton and Ossie Davis and former senator Bill Bradley to sign affidavits to say they had thought of Lee when they heard about Spike TV, and believed he had become affiliated with the network.
Jasmine Guy was standing on the streets of New York City, fresh out of a dance class at The Ailey School , when she heard a word unfamiliar to her: Wannabe. She first met him back in , when she was a high school senior and he was a senior at Morehouse College who was directing the coronation at the school where she danced. Spike had some news for her. She saw the movie and was mesmerized by the very contemporary piece that was in black and white and dealt with sex, relationships and intimacy.