Spike Lee responds to Boots Riley’s BlacKkKlansman criticisms
“We need police,” Lee told The Times in a new interview.
This week, Sorry To Bother You director Boots Riley shared a critique of Spike Lee's new movie BlacKkKlansman. "[I]t is precisely its untrue elements that make a cop a hero against racism," Riley said, taking issue with how the film deviates from protagonist's Ron Stallworth's history as an infiltrator of black organizations.
Look at my films: they’ve been very critical of the police, but on the other hand I’m never going to say all police are corrupt, that all police hate people of colour. I’m not going to say that. I mean, we need police. Unfortunately, police in a lot of instances have not upheld the law; they have broken the law. But I’d also like to say, sir, that black people are not a monolithic group. I have had black people say, ‘How can a bourgeois person like Spike Lee do Malcolm X?
This week, Lee shared a video for Prince's "Mary Don't You Weep" featuring footage from BlacKkKlansman.