The title of Spike Lee’s new movie might not sit well with some, but the filmmaker was not backing down from calling his upcoming film on Chicago’s gun violence “Chiraq,” as he defended his controversial work on Thursday.
Lee plans to set his movie in Englewood, one of several violence-plagued neighborhoods that have earned the nickname “Chiraq.” Some feel that name—a blend of Chicago and war-torn Iraq—furthers negative perceptions about the city.
The controversial title didn’t keep thousands of people from lining up for a part in Spike Lee’s new movie.
Lee plans to set his movie Englewood, one of several violence-plagued neighborhoods that earned the nickname “Chiraq.”
It was in the mayor’s City Hall office Wednesday morning that he met with Spike Lee and delivered a blunt message.
Mystery surrounds the reported film project to be filmed in the Windy City with an all-star cast. Some aren’t crazy about the title, which suggests violence.
Thanks to recent headlines, you’d think the FBI rolled out the red carpet and handed Chicago a beautiful, hand-engraved (in cursive!) plaque that reads Murderiest Murder City in Murderland. In reality, the FBI did no such thing. Here’s a closer look at the FBI’s statistics and how they do and do not relate to homicides in Chicago