Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Spike Lee on How Trump ‘Changed the Narrative’ of His Oscar Speech

*After winning his first Oscar Sunday night, Spike Lee took the stage to deliver a speech that called on Americans to mobilize in the 2020 election.

“The 2020 presidential election is around the corner,” Lee said. “Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love and hate…Let’s do the right thing!”

Of course Donald Trump took offense to Lee’s speech and on Monday he hit up Twitter to slam the iconic director and flip the script on the filmmaker’s message in order to fire up his rabid alt-right base.

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“Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all, when doing his racist hit on your President, who has done more for African Americans,” Trump tweeted. “(Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts, etc.) than almost any other Pres!”

But as many Twitter users noted, Spike Lee didn’t actually say one anti-Trump thing in his speech.

You can watch Lee’s speech via the video above or read it in full via the embed below.

“Below is Spike Lee’s speech. Nothing racist in it. What upset Trump was that Spike encouraged blacks to mobilize and vote. That’s a threat to Trump’s white supremacist power structure,” wrote Twitter user Dead Obeidallah.

Meanwhile, Lee explained that he wasn’t surprised by Trump’s petty response to his Oscar speech.

“Well, it’s okee-doke, you know. They change the narrative,” Lee told Entertainment Weekly via Complex. “They did the same thing with the African-American players who were kneeling, trying to make it into an anti-American thing, an anti-patriotic thing, and an anti-military thing. But no one’s going for that.”

Lee also channeled Jay Z to highlight how unfazed he is by Trump’s online shenanigans.

“BlacKkKlansman, that’s over,” Lee said in an Instagram post that explained his focus. “Like JAY-Z says, onto the next.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.



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