As expected, like all the other big Hollywood events in the Trump era, the Oscars included some shots at President Donald Trump with director Spike Lee leading the charge by issuing a call for everyone to be on the "right side of history" and reject "hate" in 2020.
At the 91st Academy Awards ceremony Sunday, Lee's film "The BlacKkKlansman" fell short for Best Director and Best Picture, but did manage to win the Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay. When Lee — who wore rings that read "love" and "hate" to the event — took the stage to accept the award, he addressed the central theme of his film: racism.
Saying that 2019 marks the 400th year since African Americans' "ancestors were stolen from Mother Africa and brought to Jamestown, Virginia, enslaved," Lee then turned his acceptance speech into a get out the vote effort, calling on the audience to be "on the right side of history" and choose "love" over "hate."
"The 2020 presidential election is around the corner," said Lee. "Let’s all mobilize, let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing!"
When Lee lost an award later in the evening he was visibly upset and his tirade was witnessed by many who also called him out on it.
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 (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts,etc.) than almost any other Pres!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2019