Thursday, 24 May, 2018


Spike Lee Goes On Profane Rant Against Trump At French Film Festival

Topher Grace is David Duke in new film from Spike Lee and Jordan Peele Spike Lee blasts Trump for not condemning the Klan and Alt-Right
Hannah Rogers | 17 May, 2018, 04:27

Director Spike Lee's latest film is based on the career of an El Paso man who went on to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. It's set for commercial release in August - on the first anniversary of the deadly violence at white-supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a counter-protester was run down by a auto and killed.

Lee said, "We have a guy in the White House - I'm not gonna say his f***ing name - who defined that moment not just for Americans but the world, and that motherf***er was given the chance to say we are about love, not hate". For Lee, it was a "defining moment" for Trump and the United States.

It just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where the audience gave it a six-minute standing ovation. He even cultivates a relationship with the Klan's Grand Wizard, David Duke (Topher Grace), who praises Ron's commitment to the advancement of White America.

After Lee finished production on "BlacKkKlansman", he added an ending with actual footage from Charlottesville and Trump's televised response.

The final image is an upside-down American flag that fades to black and white.

"BlacKkKlansman" is set to premiere in USA theaters on August 10, just two days before the anniversary of the notorious Charlottesville clash.

Lee criticized Trump's response to a white nationalist rally Charlottesville, Va. last summer, and reportedly referred to the president as a "mother--". Stallworth, when told that his voice sounds different upon pitching up for his first face-to face, replies in a flustered tone, "I have a cold" - an excuse that, Lee assures us, really was given and really did suffice. The scene includes video of the auto that plowed through a crowd and killed counter-protester Heather Heyer.

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

Lee called Charlottesville an "ugly, ugly, ugly blemish on America", but he also repeatedly stressed to the worldwide Cannes media that the racism depicted in BlacKkKlansman isn't unique to the US. This right-wing bullshit is not just America, it is all over the world, and we have to wake up. It's all over the world.

"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", Lee said before apologizing for his "profane words". "I know it in my heart", said Lee. The president of the United States wrote himself into the film. We can't be silent. It's not black, white, or brown.

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