Emanuel tells Spike Lee not to use ‘Chiraq’ film title

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he told film director Spike Lee that he's not happy the working title of Lee's upcoming motion picture is "Chiraq."

The film would center on crime in the Englewood neighborhood.

Emanuel says he's not pleased the title might be 'Chiraq,' a word that suggests the city is as violent and dangerous as the war zone of Iraq.

Emanuel says he and Lee had an "honest, frank conversation" Wednesday and suggested the name would be offensive to the many good people who live in the Englewood neighborhood where the film takes place.

He didn't say whether Lee agreed to change the title of the film.


    • Stu Pidasso

      That’s part of the problem. Chicago can’t or won’t admit there problem. New York does not come close to what’s going on in Chicago hence the moniker Chiraq, which interestingly enough is a term coined by the youth on the streets of Chicago to describe THEIR interpretation of What’s happening in THEIR neighborhood. Spike did not come up with the term.

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