Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Boots Riley Says Spike Lee Popped Off at Him Over ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Critique


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*Boots Riley has been quite vocal about not being a fan of “BlacKkKlansman”.

The Spike Lee-joint is based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, a Black Colorado Springs detective who infiltrates the local chapter of the KKK with the help of his white partner, Philip Zimmerman.

Riley fired off a 3-page critique of the film back in August, slamming BlacKkKlansmanfor its “fabricated story notes” and how it pretty much serves as fluffy pro-police propaganda.

“It’s a made-up story in which the false parts of it to try to make a cop the protagonist in the fight against racist oppression,” Riley wrote in his essay. “It’s being put while Black Lives Matter is a discussion, and this is not coincidental. There is a viewpoint behind it.”

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Lee responded to his criticism in an interview with the Times UK.

“Look at my films: They’ve been very critical of the police, but on the other hand I’m never going to say all police are corrupt, that all police hate people of color. I’m not going to say that,” Lee said. “I mean, we need police. Unfortunately, police in a lot of instances have not upheld the law; they have broken the law.”

But according to Riley, Spike wasn’t done; as he had even more to say to the “Sorry to Bother You” director when the two crossed paths.

While on the red carpet at Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards, Riley recalled how Lee snapped at him at an industry event, telling Variety: “He yelled at me as he walked away, saying ‘I’m Miles Davis, you’re Chet Baker!” Riley said.

“Then I saw him at the DGA luncheon and he said, ‘Come here’ and said Squashed? Squashed.'”

You can read Riley’s full critique of “BlacKkKlansman” below.

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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