Donald Trump calls Spike Lee’s Oscars speech “racist”
Spike Lee won his first non-honorary Oscar last night for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman, and during his acceptance speech, he made a comment about how the 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Sadly but not surprisingly, Donald Trump felt the need to respond to this on Twitter, saying that Spike Lee took a "racist hit on your President." Here's his full tweet:
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 (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts,etc.) than almost any other Pres!
Meanwhile, after BlacKkKlansman lost Best Picture to Green Book, Spike Lee angrily stood up and almost walked out of the venue, but eventually returned to his seat. According to The Associated Press, Spike Lee said "This is my sixth glass — and you know why" as he walked backstage with a glass of champagne in his hand. "I’m snakebit. Every time someone’s driving somebody I lose." He also jokingly compared Green Book's win to a Knicks loss: "I thought I was court side at the Garden and the refs made a bad call."
Watch Spike Lee's acceptance speech for BlacKkKlansman and see the full transcript (via the NY Times) below.
Spike Lee's Acceptance Speech
The word today is “irony.” The date, the 24th. The month, February, which also happens to be the shortest month of the year, which also happens to be Black History month. The year, 2019. The year, 1619. History. Her story. 1619. 2019. 400 years.
Four hundred years. Our ancestors were stolen from Mother Africa and bought to Jamestown, Virginia, enslaved. Our ancestors worked the land from can’t see in the morning to can’t see at night. My grandmother, [inaudible], who lived to be 100 years young, who was a Spelman College graduate even though her mother was a slave. My grandmother who saved 50 years of social security checks to put her first grandchild — she called me Spikie-poo — she put me through Morehouse College and N.Y.U. grad film. N.Y.U.!
Before the world tonight, I give praise to our ancestors who have built this country into what it is today along with the genocide of its native people. We all connect with our ancestors. We will have love and wisdom regained, we will regain our humanity. It will be a powerful moment. The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there