Lee had called for the US to "mobilise"
Donald Trump has called out director Spike Lee’s recent speech at the Oscars 2019, accusing him of launching a “racist hit on your president”.
Lee, who won the Best Adapted Screenplay award for BlackKklansman last night, gave a powerful speech at the ceremony in which he referred to “our ancestors from Mother Africa” and said the 2020 presidential election would be about “love versus hate”.
“Our ancestors were stolen from Mother Africa and bought to Jamestown, Virginia, enslaved,” said Lee. “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.
“We all connect with our ancestors.”
Lee added: “The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilise. 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.”
Trump however, took issue with Lee’s comments.
He wrote on Twitter: “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!”
As the Press Association reports, Lee also remarked that “the ref made a bad call” when asked to give his opinion on Green Book‘s victory.
Other eyewitness accounts came from Deadline writer Pete Hammond, who said that “Lee was clearly furious, got up and walked toward the back of the auditorium in a huff. He then turned back and appeared to get into an intense conversation with Jordan Peele, who was behind him. Lee paced the aisle and stormed to the back of the auditorium.
“When he came back, he turned his back to the stage during the speech.”