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NEW YORK (AP) — Kind words were in short supply for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the premiere of Spike Lee‘s “Chi-Raq” on Tuesday night.

Al Sharpton, from left,  Teyonah Parris and Spike Lee attend the premiere of "Chi-Raq" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Emmanuel fired the city’s police superintendent Tuesday after tensions flared over the release of a graphic video that showed a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, being shot 16 times by a white police officer.

Lee predicted at the premiere, held before he and cast members participated in an anti-gun violence march, that “some more heads are gonna roll.”

The police superintendent “is not going to be the only one,” Lee said.

Lee’s satire is based on the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes. This modern adaptation is about the murder of a child hit by a stray bullet in Chicago’s South Side, and the group of women that organize a unique way of dealing with the ongoing violence; they hold back sex.

Chicago actor John Cusack, who appears in the film, said the shootings and killings in Chicago each year are “unacceptable,” and cited political motives.

John Cusack, left, and Spike Lee attend the premiere of "Chi-Raq" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

He said the police officer involved in shooting the 17-year-old wasn’t charged or the superintendent fired until the city’s election had passed. Emanuel won a second term earlier this year. The shooting took place in 2014.

“It’s very tragic that information was suppressed for an election cycle,” Cusack said.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who walked the film’s orange carpet before the premiere, said the power of the satire can send a message to young people about gun violence more than Tuesday’s announcement in Chicago.

The movie’s kickoff segued into the anti-gun violence march. Lee, Sharpton and members of the film’s cast joined about 150 people who marched from a midtown theater to Times Square. Actor John Turturro, who isn’t in the movie, marched with them.

Activists wore orange beanies with pompom tops. The color was chosen from the vests hunters wear as a “don’t shoot me sign,” said Cleo Pendleton, whose 15-year-old daughter, Hadiya Pendleton, was killed in Chicago in 2013.

Lee even wore orange-framed glasses.

Actor Nick Cannon, who portrays Chi-Raq in the movie, said the march was being held “for the right reasons.”

Nick Cannon, left, and Spike Lee attend the premiere of "Chi-Raq" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

“We’ve got to get out here and express our pain the right way,” he said.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, a Catholic priest and social activist from Chicago who is the basis for Cusack’s character in the movie, urged the crowd to pledge to end gun violence.

“Are we going to save our babies or are we going to close our eyes and sit down?” he said before making the crowd repeat an oath: “I make a pledge to stop violence in my home, on my block and in my city.”

Lucia McBath, whose son Jordan Davis was killed in 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida, called for the mothers of other shooting victims to stand next to her. “We are members of a club no one wants to belong to,” said McBath. “We are the faces of everyday violence. It doesn’t have to be this way.”

George Willborn, who plays Tereus in the film, said he was born in Englewood on Chicago’s South Side, but he wasn’t supposed to make it out of his neighborhood.

I was supposed to die, go to jail or get on drugs,” he said. “But I’m standing with people who believe in hope.”

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5 thoughts on “Spike Lee Rips Rahm Emanuel on ‘Chi-Raq’ Orange Carpet

  1. I have not seen Spike’s latest flick, though reading people’s criticisms and reviews I get the impression Spike indirectly addresses America’s expanding and shameful *National Epidemic of Childhood Abuse and Neglect*, *Poverty*, that for more than two generations has deprived untold numbers of American kids from experiencing and enjoying a fairly happy American kid childhood with *Safe Streets* to travel and play on.

    *Child Abuse and Neglect* that is primarily responsible for populating our prisons with depressed, angry, frustrated, undisciplined, unpredictable, sometimes suicidal teens and adults full of resentment for irresponsibly being introduced to a life of hardships and struggles.

    *Early Childhood Abuse and Neglect* that often leads depressed, sometimes suicidal *(NY Times May 18, 2015 – Rise in Suicide by Black Children Surprises Researchers)* children to develop into depressed, angry, frustrated, unpredictable, sometimes suicidal teens and adults lacking empathy and compassion for others, though needing to vent their pent up negative emotions, often causing emotional and physical harm to peaceful people…instead of venting their anger, resentment and pain on the immature single moms and/or dads who introduced them to a life of pain and struggle by irresponsibly building a family before acquiring the practical skills, *PATIENCE* and means to successfully raise and nurture a developing young child who matures into a fairly happy responsible teen and adult with mostly fond memories of his or her childhood.

    The question all concerned, compassionate Americans should seriously be asking ourselves, our elected, civil, social, community and religious leaders is, what real, substantial changes in our society’s attitude and laws need to occur to prevent abuse that often causes young kids to mature into depressed, frustrated, angry teens and adults as a result of experiencing the *emotional and/or physical trauma of an abusive childhood?*

    Black *(Children’s)* Lives Matter; Take Pride In Parenting; *End Our National Epidemic of Child Abuse and Neglect*; End Community Violence, Police Fear & Educator’s Frustrations

  2. Kudo’s to Spike!!!!!!!

    Rahm Emanuel is a POS who did everything possible to keep the video of that young mans MURDER from being released to the public.

    If the video had been released right after the incident occurred–Emanuel would not have been re-elected as Mayor of Chicago because the uproar from the African American community would have been too much for him to overcome.

    He needs to step down from his throne as Mayor and let someone else take over!!!!!!!!

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