Spike Lee and his wife aren’t going to The Oscars, but that doesn’t you have to bail on Hollywood’s biggest night. The famed filmmaker sat down with George Stephanopolous on Good Morning America and explained his stance on this year’s Academy Awards.
“Here’s the thing. I have never used the word boycott,” Lee said on “GMA.” “All I said was my beautiful wife Tonya, we’re not coming. That’s it, then I gave the reasons, so I never used the word boycott.” While Spike will be spending the evening at Madison Square Garden for the Knicks vs. Heats game he declared, “Everyone else can do what they want to do.”
Since this year’s Oscars nominees were announced the Academy has faced severe backlash for it’s lack of inclusion of diversity. But, Spike says the problem is bigger than boycotting. “It goes further than the Academy Awards. It has to go back to the gatekeepers. The people who have the green-light vote,” Lee said. “We’re not in the room. The executives, when they have these green-light meetings quarterly where they look at the scripts, they look who’s in it and they decide what we’re making and what we’re not making.”
So, what does Spike think about Chris Rock hosting this year’s show? “Chris Rock is a grown-a** man,” Lee said. “He’s just going to do what he wants to do and I support either way.”
Check out the rest of Lee’s interview below and let us know if you agree.
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