Director Spike Lee
called Mel Gibson
's Revolutionary War epic The Patriot
"a complete whitewashing of history" in an angry letter to The Hollywood Reporter
on Thursday. "For three hours, The Patriot
dodged around, skirted about or completely ignored slavery," wrote Lee. "The Patriot
is pure, blatant American Hollywood propaganda. While holding myself back from shouting at the screen, I kept wondering 'Where are the slaves? Who's picking the cotton?' "