BlacKkKlansmen director Spike Lee called for Americans to mobilize against President Donald Trump in the upcoming 2020 Presidential election while accepting the Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 25, 2019
Towards the end of his acceptance speech, Lee would state, “Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history.”
Lee would add, “Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing. You know I had to get that in there.”
Lee who was rumored to direct Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off Nightwatch also discussed the date 1619, “400 years. 400 years our ancestors were stolen from mother Africa and brought to Jamestown, Virginia. Enslaved. Our ancestors worked from can’t see in the morning to can’t see at night.”
Lee previously discussed 1619 on MSNBC while discussing his Oscar nomination for BlacKkKlansman. While speaking with MSNBC, Lee called Christopher Columbus a terrorist:
“In 1492, this terrorist sailed the ocean blue… Let’s be honest about our history. And let’s move forward. And if we aren’t honest about our history, we’re going to be talking about this stuff again and again. We’ve got to move forward.”
Lee also recently criticized the Oscars. He appeared at the Icon Mann gala and questioned, “Has Hollywood discovered black people? And then it would be a nine-year drought. So we don’t know what’s going to happen next year. There’s a lot of people who have been nominated, especially the filmmakers, and are they going to have a film next year?”
“Gatekeepers decide what films they’re making and what films they’re not making, and if we’re not in the room we don’t got a voice. If we’re not in the room it can be a drought, a feast to famine. We want this to be a continuation where we get our work out, we show it to the world and we demonstrate that black folks are not one monolithic group. We look different, think different, talk different, dress different.”
What do you make of Spike Lee’s comments at the Oscars?