Spike Lee Broke The News To Barack Obama About Charlottesville

This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly white nationalists’ rally in Charlottesville that claimed the life of Heather Heyer.This also happens to the be the weekend the Spike Lee film BlacKkKlansman is released. In a recent interview with Time, Spike Lee revealed he was in fact the one who broke the news to Barack Obama about the chaos in Charlottesville.

Lee goes on to set the scene of that day’s events. He was at his home and Obama was playing golf nearby.

The morning Heyer was killed, Lee says he was “glued to the television” but stepped away to his backyard, where coincidentally the 18th hole of the golf course Obama frequents is located. He spotted the Secret Service and made his way over to the former president to break the news: “I said, Mr. President, did you hear what happened in Charlottesville? He hadn’t. I could see on his face — that shock. It was Aug. 12, year of our Lord, 2017.”

Lee says the events of Charlottesville also inspired the ending of his new movie because he “saw this horrific act of homegrown, red, white and blue, cherry-pie terrorism.”

Time writes:

“BlacKkKlansman is Lee’s most critically heralded and accessible effort in over a decade. The film represents another opportunity for one of society’s most distinctive voices to make a statement at a time when America’s politics on race and identity are at their most fractured in a generation.”

Obama’s tweet about Charlottesville, quoting Nelson Mandela, then became the most-liked in Twitter’s history at the time.


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