Spike Lee slams Trump in expletive-laced monologue at movie premiere

Spike Lee

"And that motherf**ker did not denounce the Klan, the alt-right, and those Nazi f**kers", Lee said.

Trump said there was blame on both sides for the violence that broke out between white supremacists and counter-protesters.

Lee said, "We have a guy in the White House - I'm not gonna say his f***ing name - who defined that moment not just for Americans but the world, and that motherf***er was given the chance to say we are about love, not hate".

Lee spoke to reporters on Tuesday after his BlacKkKlansman premiered Monday night at Cannes to a rousing standing ovation.

"BlacKkKlansman", which follows the fact-based story of an African American police officer who infiltrated the Klan in the 1970s, ends with a montage of footage from the Charlottesville riots and a dedication to Heyer.

Adam Driver and Topher Grace lead the cast of the film, which is based on a true story.

As he unveiled his new film BlacKkKlansman set in 1970's America, Lee used footage of the white nationalist driver who ploughed his way into the crowd at the end of the film.

The final image is an upside-down American flag that fades to black and white. The film will be released in August on the first anniversary of the Charlottesville conflict.

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Having already wrapped the film, Lee added the Charlottesville coda after the unrest last summer.

"Right before I started, we had a baby", Grace said.

Before inserting footage of the auto that ploughed through crowds in Virginia, killing counter-protester Heather Heyer, Lee said he telephoned Heyer's mother. "This film to me is a wake up call", Lee said.

Lee called Charlottesville an "ugly, ugly, ugly blemish on America", but he also repeatedly stressed to the global Cannes media that the racism depicted in BlacKkKlansman isn't unique to the US. It's all over the world.

Spike Lee's got something to say. Lee has frequently debuted films at Cannes, including Do the Right Thing in 1989. We can't be silent.

During the BlacKkKlansman press conference, Lee also discussed the rise of Right-wing nationalism and called on all people to speak up.

The Ku Klux Klan membership identification card awarded Ron Stallworth, a black Colorado Springs Police detective, upon his acceptance into the white supremacist hate group in January 1979.

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