Spike Lee Defends ‘Chi-Raq’ Trailer From Criticism: ‘People Are Getting It Twisted’ (Video)

“I think it’s irresponsible,” Chicago rapper Rhymefest says while speaking out against Lee’s latest film

Spike Lee released a video message Friday once again defending his new film, “Chi-Raq,” from Chicago locals who found it offensive.

“GOOD MORNIN’ CHICAGO. A Few Chosen Words From Me, Spike Lee,” he tweeted along with the 3-minute Vimeo video, in which he clarifies that the gangster film is “not a comedy,” in response to those who feel it is making light of violence in the city.

“There are very humorous moments in the trailer. Now some people are getting it twisted and think that this is a comedy. ‘Chi-Raq’ is not a comedy. ‘Chi-Raq’ is a satire and there is a difference between humor and comedy,” Lee said. “In no way, shape or form are we not respectful of the situation that is happening in ‘Chi-Raq.’ In no way, shape or form are we making light of the lives that have been murdered with his senseless violence. People, don’t get it twisted.”

Chicago rapper Rhymefest told the Chicago Tribune he is among those offended by the trailer for the film starring Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson, John Cusasck, Wesley Snipes and Angeles Bassett.

“I think it’s irresponsible,” Rhymefest said. “The overwhelming majority of people on the South and West Side believe this is foolishness,” the rapper said, echoing the sentiments of others who have spoken out against the film on social media.

Watch the video above, then watch the trailer below and weigh in with your thoughts on it in the comments section.