This time, the problem is Quentin Tarantino's latest regurgitation of the b-movies of his youth, Django Unchained. Spike took to his electronic soapbox, Twitter, and typed:
American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them.
Spike added that he was "boycotting" Django Unchained. Which means on opening day, it took in $15,011,121 instead of $15,011,135.50. That's if Spike even pays to see movies, which, as a member of the DGA and, probably, the Motion Picture Academy, he likely hasn't done since "potato" was spelled with an "e."
For a guy who takes politics seriously, Spike sure misuses the word "boycott." Back in the civil rights days -- when his family lived comfortably in Brooklyn and summered in Newport, RI -- boycott meant a mass protest aimed at hurting a racist business financially. Diners, bus lines, theaters, you name it -- whoever discriminated against blacks got hit in the pocketbook, and felt it. By Spike's standards, I'm boycotting over 99% of all consumer products, movies included. I got the power!
Let's take a look at a fraction of what I'm currently boycotting:
Fire hoses: I'm tripping over enough stuff in a New York apartment without having one of these things taking up space.
The Cadillac XTS Luxury Sedan: Ever hear of alternate-side of the street parking? A pain.
Goldfish food: Too flaky and it smells something terrible.
Paint-by-numbers sets: A total scam -- they never look as good as the picture on the box.
Steel beams: I actually considered these for coatracks, but then realized I'd have a devil of a time explaining it to the co-op board if they fell through the window.
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes: They think they're fooling people with that new Tony the Tiger voice. Ha!
Iridium: My wife prefers sapphires, and besides, I never cared for heavy metal.
Heroin: Until Bayer starts manufacturing a quality product again, count me out.
One more thing: Spike Lee's most recent release, Red Hook Summer, grossed $338,803 total. With the average price of a movie ticket in the USA being $8.12, that means out of a population of almost 312-million, only 41,725 people paid to see it. Now that's a boycott.