Spike Lee is no stranger to making race-related content and he is making it clear that his latest film BlacKkKlansman which just screened at Cannes is taking direct aim at the Trump Administration.
BlackkKlansman, tells the story of a real-life African-American detective from Colorado Springs, Colorado, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in 1979 when the Klan began looking to start a new chapter in the Centennial State. In the film, KKK members chant “America First” a known slogan from the Trump campaign.
Lee launched a profanity-filled tirade against President Donald Trump at the Cannes Film Festival, accusing him of failing to sufficiently denounce those involved in the Charlottesville protests.
“That motherfucker was given a chance to say ‘we’re about love and not hate,’ and that motherfucker did not denounce the motherfucking Klan, the alt-right, and those Nazi motherfuckers,” Lee said. “He could have said to the world, not just the United States, that we’re better than that.”
“We look to our leaders to give us direction, to make moral decisions,” he continued. “This bullshit is going on all over the world, this right-wing bullshit.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lee’s film drew a 10-minute standing ovation following its world premiere.
“We have to wake up. We can’t be silent,” Lee continued. “So this film to me is a wake-up call,” he added. “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.”
This is the statement President Trump made last year where Lee claimed Trump refused to condemn hate and promote love