Other than a handful of remarks about the wall, Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony was blessedly free of the kind of far-left, Trump-bashing politics that have been commonplace at Hollywood awards shows for the last three years. And while it is more than a little irritating that the social media mob made it nearly impossible for the show to find any host willing to subject themselves to politically-correct scrutiny, the host-less show did seem to move along as a faster clip than usual. Hey, it finished off before midnight, so that’s a step in the right direction.
Sadly, not everyone could get into the movie-loving spirit and simply put politics to the side for one night. Director Spike Lee, who reportedly threw a tantrum later in the night when his “Blackkklansman” film lost to “Green Book” for the Best Picture Oscar, got up and read a rambling speech from his notes upon winning the Best Adapted Screenplay statue. While he didn’t mention President Trump by name, there was hardly any mistaking his target.
“Four hundred years,” Lee said. “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, Zimmie Shelton Retha, 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 NYU grad film.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
This would be a pretty weird, off-kilter speech even if Lee were reciting it off the top of his head; the fact that he apparently wrote this nonsense down ahead of time makes us wonder how much help he had with his screenplay.
In any event, President Trump did not enjoy being compared to those who stole Lee’s ancestors from Mother Africa, and he set the director straight with a tweet on Monday.
“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!” he tweeted.
Right, but what does any of that matter when the White Man is out to get you, which is what Spike Lee has believed his entire career. Poorer role models for young black men in America probably exist – O.J., for instance – but they’re few and far between.