Spike Lee Bashes 'Motherf**ker' Donald Trump at Cannes Film Festival

by Sophie Craig May 15, 2018, 22:28
Spike Lee Bashes 'Motherf**ker' Donald Trump at Cannes Film Festival

In a passionate, expletive-ridden monologue at the Cannes Film Festival, Spike Lee has lambasted President Trump over his response to last year's violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.

BlacKkKlansman made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received a six-minute standing ovation, on May 14. Since then though, while Lee has remained fairly busy and been an important filmmaking voice in America, his output has definitely been lacking the fire of his early days.

The director of "Do The Right Thing", focused in particular on the alt-right rally in Charlottesville previous year that left one woman, Heather Heyer, dead with Lee attacking the president for not condemning the neo-Nazis. Susan Bro lost her daughter. Mrs. Bro said, 'Spike, I give you permission to put that in.' Once I got permission, I said, 'Fuck everybody else, that motherfucking scene is staying in the motherfucking movie.' Cuz that was a murder.

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

The movie, starring Denzel Washington's son John David Washington as the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department, centres around the cop's efforts to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan in his first assignment.

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"Lee's latest is as much a compelling black empowerment story as it is an electrifying commentary on the problems of African-American representation across more than a century of cinema", Variety said.

"And that motherfucker did not denounce the motherfucking Klan, the alt-right, and those Nazi motherfuckers". "He could have said to the world: "'We are better than that". "The United States of America was built on the genocide of native people and slavery", he said.

The first official trailer has been released for the new film from visionary filmmaker Spike Lee.

Lee added that the world had to wake up to "right-wing bullshit". "We've gone for the okey-doke, walking around in a daze and stuff is happening and it's topsy-turvy and fake has been trumpeted as the truth", Lee said. "It's not a black, white, or brown [problem], it's everybody".

The film is set to release on August 10, 2018 and the release will collide with one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville riots which saw one woman die after a auto drove into a crowd during a clash between white nationalists and anti-fascist protestors.


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