Spike Lee Addresses Controversy Surrounding ‘Chiraq’ Film and Gun Violence

Spike Lee was joined by community leaders, organizers and mothers whose children were victims of gun violence. Actor John Cusack also was present at the event.

“A lot of things were said about this film by people who know nothing about the film,” Lee said. “I’m going to tell the world why this film matters.”

Lee went on to say he had to attend the funeral of a family member of one of his production team in Chicago.

Father Michael Pfleger of Saint Sabina Church was also present during the press conference saying there was a need for the influx of guns in the community.

“The reality is in the first 134 days of this year since January 1, 2015, there has been 780 shootings,” Father Pfleger said. “That’s nearly six a day being shot in Chicago. We must face the reality of guns in America where it’s easier in so many neighborhoods to get a gun than a computer. We can’t ignore this reality.”

Lee called for all to not sweep gun violence under the rug.

“Let’s not wait til the morning and keep reading about how many got shot, how many people got killed,” Lee said. “As human beings, let’s be honest, we all can get desensitized to that because it’s so much. But never to the mother or father of that statistic.”

Lee’s film is slated to hit theatres in 2016.