Spike Lee Blasts Trump During Cannes Speech Over Charlottesville Riots

Spike Lee Blasts Trump During Cannes Speech Over Charlottesville Riots

Spike Lee Blasts Trump During Cannes Speech Over Charlottesville Riots

Actor John David Washington, from left, director Spike Lee, and Adam Driver pose for photographers during a photo call for the film "BlacKkKlansman" at the 71st global film festival, Cannes, southern France.

Lee- who refused to identify Trump by name - called Charlottesville an "ugly, ugly, ugly blemish on America", and condemned the president for not using it as an opportunity to denounce the Ku Klux Klan and the alt-right. Based on the memoir from Colorado Springs' first Black detective (not the Chappelle's Show sketch), the film follows Detective Ron Stallworth (John David Washington, son of Denzel), infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s with the help of an undercover cop (Adam Driver). The film will be released in August on the first anniversary of the Charlottesville conflict. It was a defining moment, and he could have said to the world, not just the United States, that we were better than that.

Having already wrapped the film, Lee added the Charlottesville coda after the unrest in the American summer of past year.

Lee spoke for around five minutes after being asked about including real footage of the infamous Charlottesville riot, including video of a white supremacist driving his vehicle into people and killing counter protester Heather Heyer.

Lee also noted that the racism depicted in his new film is not unique to the United States, but an issue that plagues the whole world. I know my heart, I don't care what the critics say or anybody else, but we are on the right side of history with this film.

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While promoting his latest film, "BlacKkKlansman", which is said to have received a 10-minute standing ovation during its Cannes debut, Lee took some time to remind the press about the US President's stance on neo-Nazis, or so-called "white nationalists". This right-wing bullshit is not just America, it is all over the world, and we have to wake up. It's all over the world.

Spike Lee's got something to say. It's not black, white, or brown. I go to bed thinking about it.

He bounced into the premiere at the Palais announcing: "Brooklyn's in the house!" Since then, Lee's gone on to foster discussions about race and police brutality in Do The Right Thing, HBCUs in School Daze, gun violence in ChiRaq, and he even documented some of America's worst moments in 4 Little Girls and When the Levees Broke.

He hopes BlacKkKlansman "shakes people from their slumber".

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