During Sunday’s Academy Awards, Spike Lee finally won his first (competitive) Oscar for writing the screenplay to BlacKkKlansman with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott. It was only Lee who stepped up to the mic, though, and the Do the Right Thing director (and noted New York Knicks fan and Green Book hater) let loose a doozy of a speech. “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 said, before wrapping things up with a plea to “mobilize” before the 2020 presidential election.
“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.”
Donald Trump responded to Lee’s acceptance speech on Twitter, attacking the director for making a “racist hit” on the president and former Oscars guest.
The tweet reads, “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!” Trump, who has never used notes or a teleprompter before, might be interested to know that Lee actually wrote his speech backstage at the Oscars, as reveled by The Daily Show host Trevor Noah in a touching Instagram post.
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While walking around backstage, I noticed a small figure hunched in a corner writing something. I got closer and realized it was Spike Lee writing an acceptance speech for his Oscar nominations. I asked him if I could take this picture to remember the moment and he said yes and "I hope I get to use this" Well you got to use the speech @officialspikelee and it was a long time coming! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 Ladies and gentlemen Oscar Award Winner- Spike Lee #Legend #Oscar #blackklansman
Lee, who regularly calls Trump “Agent Orange,” has yet to respond.