In Cannes, Spike Lee lambasts Trump over Charlottesville

Angelo Anderson
May 16, 2018

In a passionate, expletive-ridden monologue at the Cannes Film Festival, director Spike Lee lambasted Donald Trump for the United States president's response to last year's violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The 61-year-old filmmaker said that following the violence in Charlottesville, the U.S. president had the opportunity to denounce the Ku Klux Klan and the alt-right.

In the aftermath of the August 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump notably addressed Americans, saying he saw "very fine people on both sides".

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".

The 61-year-old filmmaker's movie, which premiered at the festival on Monday, is loosely based on a true story about a black police officer who works with a Jewish detective to infiltrate a Ku Klux Klan.

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 added after the film was finished.


"I was not going to put that murder scene in the film without her blessing", said Lee.

"That mother**ker was given the chance to say we are about love, not hate". "Right away, I knew that this had to be the coda for the film, but I had to do something first", said Lee. Now we have our first look at how these events will unfold under Lee's cinematic supervision thanks to the first BlacKkKlansman trailer. "That is the fabric of the United States of America", he said.

"This right-wing (expletive) is not just America. It's not a black, white, or brown [problem], it's everybody", he said. We all live on this planet, and this guy in the White House has the nuclear code.

"I told my agents I wanted to be in contention for that part and everyone went, 'Huh?'" recalled Grace, best known for starring in That 70s Show.

"So this film, to me, is a wake-up call because ... stuff is happening, and it's topsy-turvy and the fake has been trumpeted as the truth".

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