Spike Lee spoke out against Donald Trump dividing the country during Cannes Film Festival.
Following the premiere screening of his Cannes competition title BlacKkKlansman — a true story following a black detective’s (John David Washington) plot to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan with help from a white colleague (Adam Driver) in 1970s Colorado — Lee blasted the country’s fractured state during the film’s press conference as he explained the project’s closing moments.
“We have a guy in the White House — I’m not gonna say his f—ing name — who defined that moment not just for Americans but the world, and that motherfu—er was given the chance to say we are about love, not hate. And that motherfu—er did not denounce the motherfu—ing Klan, the alt-right, and those Nazi motherfu—ers,” Lee said, per Vulture, adding that the Heyer’s killing was an “ugly blemish” on the U.S. “It was a defining moment, and he could have said to the world, not just the United States, that we were better than that.”
Following the Charlottesville protests, Trump did, however, hold a press conference on Aug. 14, 2017, during which he said: “To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered… we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. It has no place in America.”