*Filmmaker and Academy Award winner Spike Lee called into SiriusXM’s The Joe Madison Show who said why Gov. Andrew Cuomo would be a good Presidential candidate against Donald Trump who he refers to as “Agent Orange.”
He also spoke about his belief that the coronavirus gave us an opportunity to clean up our planet because “the Earth was angry at us,” and discussed the conspiracy theories in the African-American communities, and said “this disparity in health is criminal.”
Spike Lee tells Joe Madison his feelings towards Cuomo vs Trump: “I mean, he, if it wasn’t too late he could be P–… I’m proud that he’s my governor. And when you compare him with the other guy, it’s the difference between night and day. It’s really, it’s really, you know, I mean, you see what happens when pressure comes, some pipes break…Well, I don’t call him by his name. I call him Agent Orange.” Joe goes on to say “All right. Go ahead. Your governor, because you were about ready to say this. Your governor, Cuomo, if it wasn’t too late he could run for President, and Lee replies “you know, it would be interesting.”
Spike Lee explains why this shutdown is important for our planet: “This is changing everything. And but you know why, the reason, I read an article about it. How pollution is clearing up. Skies are clear. Animals are coming out. I mean you know, the Earth was angry at us. People may think I’m crazy that I believe it in my heart and soul. That we have gone too far and Earth said, ‘hold up, gotta change this.’ Because we were killing this planet. And this time that everything is shut down, the Earth has come alive.”
Joe and Spike go on to discuss health disparities and conspiracy theories surrounding Coronavirus in the African-American Community: “Magic [Johnson] was so articulate. And I mean look, sometimes our people are messing up. And there were several people in media saying African Americans can not get this…my African American sisters and brothers: this stuff is real. If you look at the numbers, proportionally we’re dying more than anybody because this disease has pulled, you might say, into the spotlight, how poor our healthcare is, how poor, you know, we are healthy.”
Spike Lee on health disparities and conspiracy theories surrounding Coronavirus in the African-American Community
Spike Lee: You know, we’re going to get through this. And did you see, did you see our brother, Magic Johnson, last night on CNN?
Host, Joe Madison: Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Spike Lee: Magic. I mean, Magic was so articulate and he, I mean, look, sometimes our people are messing up and there were several people in media saying that African Americans could not get [coronavirus].
Host, Joe Madison: Oh that was, that was all, that was a conspiracy all over the internet and I just — we even had people calling our show trying to try to push that and I just hung up. I just hung up.
Spike Lee: But I would just, I would — look, I know Magic said it last night, but I just want to piggyback on coattails of my brother. My African-American sisters and brothers: this stuff is real. If you look at the numbers, proportionately, we’re dying more than anybody, because this disease has pulled, you might say into the spotlight, how poor our healthcare is. How poor, you know,[even] when you’re healthy– I mean, African Americans, we over-index in hypertension, blood pressure, go on and on, and these are things that this disease, this virus, just thrives on.
Host, Joe Madison: Yeah. It’s opportunistic
Spike Lee: Healthcare, food deserts, fast food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I really hope that the federal government, state governments and local governments really, really — they say they’re going to do it, but we’ll see — but this disparity in health is criminal.
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