August 09, 2004

"She Hate [sic] Me" The

"She Hate [sic] Me"

The correspondents from our Boston (MA) office have been rather helpful of late. Not only did they relay some information to us regarding the Democratic National Convention (which we discussed in a recent post), they have also sent a lengthy review of Spike Lee’s latest film (or is that "joint"?) from the pages of The Boston Globe.

According to Ty Burr, the author of this article on the half-pint director, Mr. Lee’s new film is entitled “She Hate [sic] Me.”

We, the crack young staff of “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” must admit that we have long grown tired of Mr. Lee’s antics. He’s spent so much time pushing his toxic and conspiratorial vision of America that we’ve stopped taking notice of him.

As a result, we were dismayed—though not surprised—to see the following leader sitting atop the Globe article on Mr. Lee’s new movie: “What happens when a man of ideas tries to pack them all into one movie?”

Spike Lee, a man of ideas? We guess so. Surely one of those ideas is “Jews are bloodsuckers.” Another idea is “White people are horrid.” We, the crack young staff of “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” figure that those are the kinds of brainstorms that establish one as a serious intellectual in the New York Review of Books crowd.

Unfortunately, Ty Burr, the hack assigned to cover Mr. Lee’s new flick for the Globe, can’t quite veer away from a hagiographical vision of the filmmaker. Indeed, Mr. Burr is so interested in Doing the Right Thing and offering the reader a Mo’ Better Lee that he is incapable of seeing the blatant hypocrisy of his subject.

What, you may be asking yourself, do you mean? How is Spike Lee, that paragon of goodness, hypocritical?

Well, dear reader, we’re glad that you asked. Apparently, Mr. Lee’s new film concerns the evils of corporate America. Regarding the business world, he opines:

If you pray at the altar of money, you will do anything. You’ll sell your mother. I understand this is a capitalist country, but the people at Adelphia and HealthSouth, it’s blatant. I just think that’s the culture.

Why, how very deep. Spike Lee realizes that the USA is “a capitalist country”; he is a man of ideas, isn’t he?

Where, you may ask, did the filmmaker offer his pronouncements on the horrors of greed? From a “comfy chair in a suite at the Four Seasons” hotel, of course. Pretty nice digs for a guy blathering on about the rapaciousness of others. Naturally, Mr. Lee, who has spent much of his time shilling for such respectable companies as Nike and managing a lucrative lecturing schedule, is above the sordid world of money-grubbing.

We, the crack young staff of “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” are happy that at least someone isn’t so disgracefully avaricious.

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