Thursday, May 07, 2015

No $3 Million for Chiraq?

  • A South Side alderman is trying to scuttle Spike Lee’s plans to use the title “Chiraq” for the filmmaker’s movie about violence on the streets of Chicago.

    Ald. Will Burns, 4th, is asking for a City Council vote on a symbolic measure that would urge the state not to give Lee and his company, Forty Acres and A Mule Filmworks, a $3 million tax break for filming in Illinois.

    “If he wants to name the movie 'Chiraq' and film it in the city of Chicago, he should be able to get the permits for that and he should be able to do it, but we shouldn’t give him money as taxpayers to brand a part of the city as Iraq,” Burns said after Wednesday’s council meeting, at which he introduced his nonbinding resolution.
Oh wait...."nonbinding." That means it's pretty much bullshit and they won't stand in the way of Spike's "art" while making sure the permits are paid up and the rental companies are all connected.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a suggestion, instead of a $3 million tax break, charge spike lee $30 million and use the money to fund police pensions.

5/07/2015 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a big fan of Spike so to defend him is odd for me. Shouldn't he be able to name his project whatever he wants? I know their hitting him w/no break tax wise if they don't get a new film or "Joint" title, but something restrictive to his title via tax break seems like a means of control of Spike's free speech.
Again, I'm not a fan, but I am a fan of free speech in it's totality.
Interesting that the creatures and Mayor presumably believe in Our Constitution's right to free speech seem to be charging a director for his right to name his project whatever the director wants to.
Who says dichotomy isn't interesting????

5/07/2015 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8 dead in the first 6 days of May. Chiraq sounds accurate.

5/07/2015 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to admit that the taxpayers have a lot of money, and 3 million is really chickenfeed. It will bring attention to the state and Chicago.

5/07/2015 12:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know!!

Let's call the film ....

C O M S T A T !!

and give him $20 million in tax breaks and grants.

Who can play the parts of Rahm, McCarthy?

5/07/2015 12:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't want the city reffered to as chiraq, everyone needs to fucking get up and help stop the reason it is called that. People are more concerned with silencing the nickname than helping stop the shootings(well helping put shooters in jail. It's Probably impossible to stop a shooting)

5/07/2015 01:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously the truth hurts. The title is somewhat appropo and apparently this offends Napolean and his alderthieves.

5/07/2015 03:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"40oz and a Lexus" more like it ...

5/07/2015 06:36:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

Non-binding? Like my morning oatmeal with prunes?

Now, kees me you fool!!!!

5/07/2015 06:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fr Flaky gonna be a BIG movie star!
New archbishop already done give him a shout out for keeping Englewood gun free despite those nasty police harassing his members

5/07/2015 06:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope they film it in the ghetto. Let the rest of the country see how rundown Chicago really is. Looks almost as bad as Detroit.

5/07/2015 07:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lame! Rahm could easily make it too expensive to film for little spike and he would film in Canada just like everyone else.

5/07/2015 07:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So it's a "sprinkle some tax money my way event" meaning come on spike put money in the plain Manila envelopes for the Chicago friends and family aldermanic program! This film trash is a done deal let's hope it shows the true thug crime. Let's hope it shows how much support the police have (spike lee likes the police lol). Bet the mayor and city council will demand that Chicago heroes Cpd are featured prominently doing the job they do everyday to protect the people that don't want to be policed! Bet also spike makes donation to police memorial foundation and the pension funds. Fantasy yep reality nope!

5/07/2015 07:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does Spike Lee intend to make on this film? Tax credit my ass. Typical Democrat looking for govmint handout. How much for one rib?

5/07/2015 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't Mayor Daley the first one to use that term?? I specifically remember a press conference after a really bad weekend of shootings where he said this is Chicago not Chi raq.

AS far as making him change the movies name, give me a break. They don't realize how ridiculous that sounds.

Also, if they want to continue to have companies film their shows/movies in Chicago, they should tread lightly.

If we get a reputation for only supporting films we 'agree with' , that could steer business to other cities.

5/07/2015 12:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

martin scorese the academy award winning director needs to make a movie about the 11th ward dalkey crime family the saga continues

5/07/2015 02:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's gonna be in the 80's today and the lead will be flying.
Our old friend Chalkie is eating his Wheaties!

5/07/2015 03:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand why the aldercreatures are so worked up over the name Chiraq. They have all worked very hard for many years to help Chicago earn the reputation that it has.

Three, four, five hundred homicides a year with three times that number of shootings where the victim survives. Cook County has also been very helpful in keeping violent offenders out of jail and on the street. Why aren't the alderman aren't offended by those facts?

5/07/2015 05:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Spike Lee insulting Iraq?

5/07/2015 07:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put a mustache on Tom Sizemore and U have the Supt. As far as Rahm "Pee Wee" Herman would B perfect for Rahm.

5/08/2015 02:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

40 Acres & A Pile o' Donkey Dung

5/08/2015 02:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spikey, if they keep fu*king with you just sew and you won't need a tax break. You just get 10 million dollars for civil rights violation from Chirac.😁

5/08/2015 08:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burns for Mayor !

5/08/2015 10:33:00 AM  

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