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Chance The Rapper Calls Spike Lee's 'Chiraq' A 'Sexist, Racist Flop'

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Mar 9, 2016 5:26PM

Spike Lee at a ceremony in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Spike Lee's controversial whirlwind-tour through Chicago to film and promote Chiraq last year was met with a mixture of excitement and condemnation. Our film critic called the movie, meant to serve as a musical adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata set in Chicago's most violent areas, a "disastrous mix of satire and tragedy."

South Side native Chance the Rapper had even harsher words for the film when he Tweeted about it, a week after Lee was in Evanston talking about the movie: Chance, born Chancelor Bennett, called it "sexist and racist" and an "offensive, unsuccessful flop of a movie."

The Tweets are apparently in response to to Lee's recent appearance at Northwestern University, during which he reportedly called the rapper a "straight-up fraud."

Chance's father, Ken Bennett, works in the mayor's office—a fact Lee has pointed out before while publicly feuding with the South Side native over the movie.