Spike Lee Goes On Profane Rant Against Trump At French Film Festival

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Director Spike Lee minced no words during a news conference at the Cannes Film Festival when talking about US President Donald Trump's response to the neo-Nazi "Unite the Right" rally last August and the violent clashes with anti-fascist protesters that left one woman dead. "And that motherf**ker did not denounce the Klan, the alt-right, and those Nazi f**kers", Lee said.

"And we have a guy in the White House - I'm not gonna say his fucking name - who defined that moment, not just for Americans but the world, and that motherfucker was given the chance to say 'we are about love and not hate, '" the 61-year-old film director said Tuesday as he talked about the violence that broke out at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, last year.

At its Cannes debut yesterday BlacKkKlansman was met with a rapturous response and a 10-minute standing ovation, with many saying Spike Lee's movie captures the zeitgeist, using a true story from the past to talk about modern race issues and the bigotry of the Trump era. As of this writing, the movie-which stars John David Washington as the real-life Ron Stallworth, the first African-American police officer in Colorado Springs who worked undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in 1979-boasts a ideal 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

In Charlottesville previous year, one woman was killed after thousands of neo-Nazis rallied together and clashed with counter-protestors.

"We look to our leaders. And we have to wake up", said Lee.

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"I know my heart, I don't care what the critics say or anybody else, but we are on the right side of history with this film".

"The so-called American cradle of democracy, that's bulls-", he said.

He continued: "The United States of America was built upon a genocide of native people, and slavery". "This is not just something that pertains to the United States of America, this bulls- has gone over the world". As my Brooklyn brother Jay-Z would say, facts. It's not black, white, or brown.

"I told my agents I wanted to be in contention for that part and everyone went, 'Huh?'" recalled Grace, best known for starring in That 70s Show.

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