by G. Brown
Director Spike Lee joined the cast of his new movie “BlacKkKlansman” at a screening this week which opens in less than two weeks.
The movie is based on an autobiographical book by Ron Stallworth about a Black detective who infiltrates a local chapter of the KKK and eventually become the head of that chapter.
Among the stars who turned out for the premiere Tiffany Haddish, David Birney and “EQ2” star Denzel Washington whose son John David Washington landed the starring role as Stallworth in Lee’s film.
Lee told Page Six “the film’s “timing has been perfect.” Lee continued saying, “Racism is alive and well. When it rears its ugly head, we have to be willing to do what we have to do in order to stamp it down and keep it down. Don’t be afraid to talk about it, and don’t be afraid to address it and the people who are creating the problem.”
Lee has never been one ‘afraid‘ to talk about the problem of racism. The “Malcolm X” and “Do The Right Thing ” director has used his creative voice for the last thirty years to sound the alarm about race relations. He’s sounding the alarm again, this time calling out the current president who he referred to as “Agent Orange“. Lee dusts off the phrase that he’s repeatedly scripted in his films to convey his message of urgency about dealing with race issues and says President Trump needs to “wake up wake the f— up. He’s a man of hate, violence, and can’t be trusted to make moral decisions. We can’t be silent anymore.”
But few are silent. A growing list of stars are constantly speaking out on the racists emboldened by the Trump administration. Here are a few and their comments…
- “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington called Trump a man “…who continues to perpetuate fear and hate in the present moment,”
- Actor/rapper Will Smith said, “For a man to be able to publicly refer to a woman as a fat pig, that makes me teary. And for people to applaud, that is absolutely f–king insanity to me… My grandmother would have smacked my teeth out of my head if I had referred to a woman as a fat pig.”
- Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah said, “Look, Trump, retweet something once and say it was a mix-up. Retweet it twice, you say that you’re bad at Twitter. But, at some point, you’re just racist.”
The list goes on including famed genius and scientist Stephen Hawking who called Trump “…a demagogue, who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”
But Trump also appeals to some Black celebs like Mike Tyson, Stacey Dash and Kanye West. It’s doubtful Lee’s new movie will sway any Trump supporters from what the director calls the “wrong side of history….”
Lee’s film is already generating buzz and glowing reviews. This past May, “BlacKkKlansman” received a 10 minute standing ovation when premiered at Cannes Film festival and currently has a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Guardian critic who calls the film “brilliant” says “…it responds fiercely, contemptuously to the crassness at the heart of the Trump regime …”. IndieWire says the film is “far more frightening than it is funny…“.
“BlacKkKlansman” opens nationwide on August 10. Do you think moviegoers will agree with Lee and speak out on the current wave of racism? Or do you think the movie has the potential to incite racism and White supporters to take a more visible stand?
Watch the trailer for “BlacKkKlansman” and let us know what you think.