At Academy Awards, Spike Lee: “Let’s all be on the right side of history”
During the 91st Academy Awards ceremony last night, American film director Spike Lee won an Oscar, along with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott for the film BLACKkKLANSMAN.
Taking the stage to accept his award, Lee spoke of the 400 year anniversary of 1619, when, as he explained it, “our ancestors were stolen from Mother Africa and brought to Jamestown, Virginia, enslaved,” before encouraging Americans to “mobilize” against President Trump in the next election.
“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.”
Lee received a standing ovation from the audience full of Hollywood stars, directors, and writers.
President Trump apparently did not like Lee’s comments, as one of his first tweets this morning read:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2019
It’s worth noting that the vast majority of Trump’s official speeches are read from teleprompters, which are essentially notes on a TV screen.