The second season of the Netflix series, which is based on Spike's critically acclaimed 1986 movie of the same name, debuted on May 24, and some viewers were left upset by a scene in which lead character, artist Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise), dismissed black British actors as "cheaper", and characterised black Britons as suffering from "Stockholm syndrome".
"(Black British actors) need to fall back and fall away from taking all of our roles, like we have dope, talented, trained, qualified black actors right here in the States," Nola began. "But at the end of the day, black Brits just come cheaper".
"Star Wars" actor John tweeted a response to a clip of the scene which had been circulating online, labelling it: "Trash."
During the conversation, character Olumide Owoye, a Black British artist played by Michael Luwoye, added: "I agree somewhat. But black British actors are better suited than black American actors for Stateside roles because they don't carry the burden of f**ked up black American history, of lynching, slavery, Jim Crow, all that."
"You're not unburdened Olu. British ships were the dominant force in the Atlantic slave trade," Nola responded, before adding, "You just have Stockholm syndrome and fell in love with your captors."
The dialogue infuriated viewers, with many taking Spike to task on social media.
"I think Spike should just say he has an issue with black people from other countries coming to Hollywood and getting work... A lot of this is just anti blackness cloaked in xenophobia," one viewer tweeted, while another added, "I'm not British but this dialogue is so incredibly ignorant and irresponsible."
Spike was unrepentant, writing on his Instagram account in response to one critic: "Truth hurts?" He then directed fans to "Google-Guardian March 2017 British Actor David Harewood. FACTS"; an interview with The Guardian in which the Homeland star argued Black Britons may be better suited to some parts because they are not burdened by "what's in the history books".