Spike Lee’s Methods of Rape Prevention, Inspired by Chiraq

By Nilankur Dutta | 2 years ago
Spike Lee’s Methods of Rape Prevention, Inspired by Chiraq
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Spike Lee’s recently went to Stephen Colbert’s show to promote his film “Chi-raq”, where he spoke about a host of issues from gun-control, the death of Laquan McDonald, and campus rape prevention. And Lee’s strategy is rather unorthodox, but inspired from his latest work

We recently reported about Spike Lee’s latest film,”Chi-raq”, inspired by an ancient greek play by Aristophanes, which has Lysistrata deny sex from the Greek men until they stop warring. Lee’s strategy for campus rape prevention is the same: for women students to go on a sex strike. Speaking with Stephen Colbert (via the Guardian), Lee had this to say:

“I think a sex strike could really work on college campuses where there’s an abundance of sexual harassment or date rapes. Second semester it’s going to happen. Once people coming back from Christmas and some stuff jumps off, there’s going to be sex strikes in universities and college campuses across this country.”


Lee’s film places same thing in a south side Chicago neighbourhood: a group of women who deny their men sax until they stop fighting. The name of the movie, a portmanteau between Chicago and Iraq, and its allusions to the rampant problem of gun violence has drawn flak from many Chicago politicians, including mayor Rahm Emmanuel.
Lee also spoke eloquently about the death of black teenager Laquan McDonald, shot to death by a policeman. Speaking with Colbert, Lee further elucidated:

“They’re worried because they think black folks in Chicago are going to run amok.. This is democracy. I sometimes think we pick and choose what America should see.”

You can watch the video yourself right here:

And you should also check out Spike Lee’s “Chi-raq”, not because of the topical significance, but also because it features a malevolently gleeful Sam Jackson and an absolutely gorgeous Teyonah Parris in the lead role.

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