Spike Lee: President blew opportunity over Charlottesville

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But Trump instead chose to say there was "blame on both sides" in the unrest between the neo-Nazi groups and counter-protesters.

"And 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", Spike told reporters.

Spike Lee's incendiary new movie BlacKkKlansman is set in 1970s Colorado but is sadly, painfully relevant to today's America, Europe, planet Earth ("This shit is global", Lee said in post-film interviews). The thought-provoking project is based on a true story in which a Black police officer teams up with his white colleague to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Other notable names among the cast are Adam Driver as Stallworth's partner in the undercover investigation Flip Zimmerman, and the unassuming Topher Grace as the Klan's leader David Duke.

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

Lee, who was shooting the film when white nationalists clashed with anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville in August 2017, used footage of Heyer's killing in the film.

Recently we had the pleasure of another Spike Lee-directed film being introduced to us in the trailer for BlacKkKlansman.

Lee said he reached out to Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, and received her permission to include footage of her daughter being run down by a white supremacist in a vehicle. "Mrs. Bro said, 'Spike, I give you permission to put that in.' Once I got permission, I said, 'F**k everybody else, that motherf***ing scene is staying in the motherf***ing movie.' 'Cause that was a murder".

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

He called the film a "wake-up call" and said, "We are on the right side of history with this film". I go to bed thinking about it.

He bounced into the premiere at the Palais announcing: "Brooklyn's in the house!" "This is not just something that pertains to the United States of America, this bulls- has gone over the world".

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