Spike Lee is one of the most successful directors of all time. While he is one of the leading figures in the black community, the legend voiced himself to say that he still feels the discrimination against black people hasn’t ended.
Lee recently made history by being the first jury president at the Cannes Film Festival. While the press conference on Tuesday took place, Spike Lee took his time to talk about the seriousness of his role, and at the same time also recognizing the legacy of his classic Do The Right Thing.
A couple weeks ago was the 32nd anniversary of the film. I wrote it in 1988. When you see brother Eric Garner, when you see king George Floyd murdered, lynched. I think of Radio Raheem. And you think and hope that 30 motherfucking years later, Black people would stop being hunted down like animals. So, I’m glad to be here, though.
Lee also proclaimed the Cannes is the greatest film festival in the world while weighing in on the debate of how film theatres and streamers are in direct competition with each other.
Cinema and streaming platforms can coexist. At one time, there was thinking that TV was going to kill cinema, so this stuff is not new. It’s all a cycle.
Lee has been staying active in the midst of the pandemic, as he was recently honored with New York Film Critics Circle for his short film New York New York, and it seems like he’s not going to be stopping any time soon.[Via]