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Things We Saw Today: Spike Lee Calls Trump a “[email protected]#!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)

What have you seen out there today?

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