Spike Lee repels Trump on his "racist" tweet & # 39;



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Spike Lee responded to President Trump's call to his acceptance speech at the Oscars as a "racist hit".

"Well, that's good, you know," Lee told Entertainment Weekly Monday night. "They change the story."

"They did the same thing with the African-American players who were on their knees, trying to make it anti-American, anti-patriotic and anti-military," Lee said. "But nobody is going for that."

On Sunday, Lee took the floor to accept his first Oscar in competition for the best adapted scenario for "BlacKkKlansman" with several pages of prepared remarks. He honored Black History Month and thanked his grandmother – who, he said, saved 50 years of social security checks to help him get started in a film school – before turning to politics and the next presidential election.

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"The 2020 presidential election is near," Lee said. "Mobilize all, let's all be on the right side of the story. Make the moral choice between love and hate. Let's do the right thing!

Trump responded to Lee in a tweet on Monday morning, saying it would be "fine if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet, not have to use any notes at all, during his racist hit on your president, who did more for African Americans (criminal justice reform, lowest unemployment rate in history, tax cuts, etc.) than almost every other meadow!

Lee did not specifically refer to the president or the administration. But he has long criticized Trump, whom he often calls "Agent Orange."

In 2018, the director used his promotional tour for "BlacKkKlansman" in part as a platform to congratulate the president for his response to the murderer who struck white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia, the year before.

"The President of the United States has had the opportunity to denounce hatred," Lee told CNN last summer. "The whole world saw what happened and he did not do it."

Lee said Trump gave the "go-ahead" to racists through his rhetoric.

"Since [Trump] in the White House, it's not even a dog whistle, it's a megaphone, "he said.

"BlacKkKlansman" was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture, but won only the Oscar for the adapted screenplay. The "Green Book" – criticized by some, including Lee, for what they called a simplistic portrayal of a friendship at the time of segregation – won the Best Film Award.

Lee could not hide his disgust, raising his hands in the air when the winner was announced, but he was more temperate when interviewed about it by BBC reporters as it happened at the Vanity Fair after the party.

"Let me give you a British answer," Lee said. "It was not my cup of tea."

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