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Spike Lee is speaking out.

In the wake of his newly-released trailer for his upcoming movie Chi-raq, director Spike Lee is finding himself having to disclaim and clarify his art for the masses. Based on the Greek play, Lysistrata, Lee sets his motion picture against the backdrop of the violent streets on Chicago‘s inner city.

As recently polled by a Chicago census, just this month, there have been a total of 67 shootings in Chi-town, including 10 murders. Although Spike Lee did not create the title of his film, it’s pretty easy to get the sense that you’re living in a war zone while living in Chicago, IL. However, much to the distaste of many city officials, including the mayor, and elderly Chicago residents, the name of the movie only seems to glorify the violence that plagues the city.

Spike Lee has taken to his medium to enforce his stance that his film is NOT a comedy. He says:

“There are very humorous moments in the trailer. Now some people are getting it twisted and thinking this is comedy. Chiraq is not a comedy, Chiraq is a satire, and there’s a difference between humor and comedy. Don’t get it twisted… In no way shape or form are we making light of the lives that have been murdered with this senseless violence. There’s an old statement, ‘I gotta laugh to keep from crying.’ Well, I think that’s apropos with Chiraq.”

Listen to what Spike Lee has to say below.

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