Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Spike Lee Gets Major Love For 'BlacKkKlansman' At Cannes, Rips Trump

BLACKkKLANSMAN Spike Lee Denounces 'That Motherf–er' Trump, Explains Inserting Charlottesville Scenes in 'BlacKkKlansman'
Adrian Cunningham | 15 May, 2018, 22:26

Spike Lee delivered a scathing speech criticizing the United States president Tuesday night at the Cannes Film Festival, refusing to mention the Donald Trump by name as he tore into his failure to unite a nation divided by racial tensions.

While BlacKkKlansman is a film about a black police officer who managed to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan, Lee chose to end it with a documentary montage about the recent events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump, as you'll unfortunately recall, made his priorities as clear as possible previous year when stating "very fine people" existed "on both sides" of the fatal August 2017 far-right rally in Charlottesville.

The director called Trump's response a "defining moment" for America. "It was a defining moment and he could have said to the world, not the United States, that we were better than that".

"BlacKkKlansman" received a standing ovation following its debut at the Cannes Film Festival Monday night.

"Ron Stallworth is reading the paper, the Colorado Springs Gazette, and the Klan put an add in the paper that they needed new members", Lee told The Hollywood Reporter of the film.

The director of "Do The Right Thing", focused in particular on the alt-right rally in Charlottesville a year ago that left one woman, Heather Heyer, dead with Lee attacking the president for not condemning the neo-Nazis. "And we have to wake up", said Lee. We're not Black, white and brown, it's everybody.

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Lee included the footage of the vehicle plowing through the crowd in his film, but said that he first called up Heyer's mother to ask for her permission.

In the film, former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke (Topher Grace) leads "America First" chants and even dreams of putting a white supremacist in the White House one day.

"That motherfucker was given a chance to say "We are about love and not hate", he said.

Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman's first trailer is out.

"I go to bed every night thinking about it", Lee said, looking genuinely anxious. "I know in my heart - I don't what the critics say or anybody else - we are on the right side of history with this film".

Both BlacKkKlansman and Pope Francis will be released by Focus Features, the former on August 10, coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville riots.