*Spike Lee believes any politician who opposes President Obama’s gun control plan are taking ‘blood money’ from the NRA. In a candid chat with The Wrap, Anita Bennett reports that the writer/director talked about the President’s emotional speech and how it echoed the message he’s trying to convey with his latest film, “ChiRaq.”
“The film just came out at the perfect time, today President Obama talked about how people are being killed every day in Chicago,” Lee said. “Ninety Americans die every day due to gun violence. This is no joke.”
When asked his thoughts on conservatives who refuse to support the President’s gun control measures, Lee said their opposition was due to them profiting on ‘blood money.’
“Those politicians, the conservatives, they’re in cahoots with the NRA and the gun manufacturers,” Lee said. “They’re making money, it’s blood money. I’m gonna say it — it’s blood money.”
Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes, and is set against the backdrop of Chicago’s gang violence. The film is now available for purchase at all Digital HD retailers and simultaneously available via On Demand on select digital platforms such as Amazon, Vudu, Xbox, Playstation, Google Play and MGO. It will be available on Blu-ray + Digital HD and DVD + Digital on January 26. Prime subscribers will be able to stream the film starting Feb. 4.
“It’s been great,” Lee said, about working with Amazon. “They believe in the project, you can’t hate on that. They supported the film and they got it out to the world. This is Amazon Studios’ first theatrical release, numero uno.”