Things We Saw Today: Spike Lee Calls Trump a “Motherf@#!er” For Not Speaking Out Against the KKK. He’s Not Wrong.
Spike Lee’s forthcoming joint, BlacKkKlansman, tells the true story of a black police officer in 1979 Colorado who infiltrated the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white colleague. The film just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and received a 10 minute standing ovation.
Part of what people responded to in the film was the way Lee connects late-1970s America with present-day America, and the racism that remains all-too-present in the very fiber of the country. He ends the film with with footage of Trump’s reaction to last year’s Charlottesville protests. You know, the whole “on both sides” thing. He also uses footage of the death (Lee calls it a “murder”) of activist Heather Heyer, who died at the hands of Nazis, with Heyer’s mother’s permission.
“We have a guy in the White House who had a chance to say we are about love and not about hate,” Lee said after the premiere of his film. “And that motherfucker did not denounce the Klan, the alt-right, and those Nazi motherfuckers.” No he did not.
So, we’re all voting against him in the next presidential election, right? Good. Glad we’re on the same page. (via Buzzfeed)
- After Sterling K. Brown guest-starred in a recent episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, star Andy Samberg now wants the whole cast of This is Us to appear in an episode, and I am here for that. (via Hello Giggles)
- The Peace Corps. dismissed two gay men from their service when it was discovered that they were HIV positive. (via Buzzfeed)
- New legislation from the Trump administration would put immigrant parents in jail, and their children in foster care on military bases. (via The Washington Post)
- There’s a good reason why Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D won’t be premiering until next summer. (via io9)
- Don’t be fooled. Gina Haspel is still a torturer. (via The Slot)
- That Gambit movie is supposed to be starting production this summer … but still doesn’t have a director attached. (via /Film)
What have you seen out there today?
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