Skip to main content
Hamburger Menu Close


CNA Lifestyle

Trump tweets back at Spike Lee after the director encouraged voters to “mobilise” at the 2019 Oscars

Lee said that the 2020 election is “right around the corner” and is about the “moral choice between love versus hate”.

Trump tweets back at Spike Lee after the director encouraged voters to “mobilise” at the 2019 Oscars

"BlacKkKlansman" director Spike Lee, pictured with his best original screenplay Oscar, described himself as 'snakebit'. (AFP/FREDERIC J. BROWN)

Well, at least he’s watching something other than Fox News. President Trump has tweeted at Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee after Lee used his Oscar platform to call on people to “mobilise” ahead of the next US election.

“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… than almost any other Pres,” tweeted Trump.       

Lee, however, never mentioned Trump in his speech when awarded his first competitive Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for BlacKkKlansman at the awards yesterday (Feb 25). 

Set in the 1970s, the film follows the first black detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department who, with a white colleague, sets out to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.

In his acceptance speech, which he wrote on a piece of paper, Lee mentioned US politics.

“The 2020 presidential election is around the corner,” Lee said. “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.”

Lee referenced his 1989 film Do The Right Thing, which earned him a Best Screenplay nomination at the 1990 Oscars. He received an honorary Oscar in 2015 in recognition of his accomplished career in film.

Source: CNA/gl