By Zachary Leeman | February 24, 2019
The Academy Awards on Sunday night actually had some positive moments.
Several Oscar winners took some time on the stage to thank family members — rather than get political.
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga gave a beautiful performance of the song “Shallow” from the film “A Star Is Born.”
But true to form, the Oscars came back to their real nature, which is to rip Trump or those on the Right and push their political leanings, when “BlackKklansman” director Spike Lee took the stage.
Lee’s film won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
And though four people were responsible for the script and took the stage together — Lee was the only one to have the opportunity to speak.
Lee began his speech by pointing out the date and saying February is Black History month but also the “shortest month of the year.”
He then went on a rant about slavery.
“[For] 400 years our ancestors were brought from Africa to Jamestown, Virginia, and enslaved,” Lee said.
“[They] worked the land from ‘can’t see’ in the morning to ‘can’t see’ at night,” he continued.
Lee then went on to thank his grandmother for using her Social Security money to put him through film school.
The director finished up his thoughts by taking a shot at President Donald Trump — without actually saying his name.
“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.”
The director added, “You knew I had to get that in there!”
The audience, of course, applauded and most rose to their feet.
Lee used his time on stage to draw a line between slavery and President Donald Trump. What a waste.
And again, not one other screenwriter who shared the award with Lee had a chance to speak.
Check out Lee’s comments below:
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 25, 2019
For more on the Oscars, check out this video:
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This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.