Tuesday, August 28, 2018

SPIKE LEE IS SHOUTING "WAKE UP"

"BlacKkKlansmen" is the title of Spike Lee's latest film.

It was released August 10th, on the anniversary of the 2017 White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a Nazi Supporter drove his car into the protesters, and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer. In May, at the Cannes film festival, "BlacKkKlansmen" won the Grand Prix.

Time Magazine's August 20 issue features a five-page article on Spike Lee by Rembert Browne, a 31-year-old, well-established journalist, who says the film will change the way we think about racism.    


Here's another photo of Lee in Browne's article. He says Lee in his Blacka hat (each A in the hat is also a Klansman's triangular white hood) is a walking advertisement for Spike Lee and his new film. I think the cover photo and this photo tell us how confident Lee feels about his film's message, and its waking up people.


Browne says, "Getting to know Spike is delightful if you know how to hang, how to spar and how to shut up. He does he have an air about him that suggests wasting his time will not be tolerated. Lee vacillates between talking with you and talking at you as if every moment will be his last opportunity to say his piece. And when he gets to the end of one declarative statement, he smiles at you and then says some version of the phrase "WAKE UP" -- the refrain he's used in many of his films.

"You'll hear it in this one. He refuses to let the viewer miss the parallels between racism in the 1970s and today, between law enforcement then and now, between the Klan and the so called alt right."
(alt right=white supremacists)

Guys, click the link -- see for yourself what the desperately angry Spike Lee is saying in the August 20 issue of Time Magazine.

Then, maybe you'll go see the film.

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