Spike Lee may have been canceled years in the past for doing the mistaken factor.
In 2012 the outspoken auteur shared the deal with of an aged Florida couple by way of Twitter. Lee erroneously thought their house was truly the place George Zimmerman lived.
Zimmerman had killed a black teen, Trayvon Martin, on Feb. 26 following an altercation. The occasion brought on a cultural uproar, akin to the dying of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Miss.
Lee, assuming the Hispanic Zimmerman was responsible of homicide, shared the couple’s deal with hoping his followers may search it out and, properly, who is aware of what may occur subsequent. The media painted the incident as racially charged, conjuring the time period “white Hispanic” to explain Zimmerman’s lineage. That meant some may take Lee’s cue as a name to arms.
Right here’s how the far-Left Hollywood Reporter described the fallout for the wronged couple.
The tweet had left the McClains unable to return to their house and dwelling in worry that they might be attacked as false retribution for Martin’s killing.
The couple in query efficiently sued Lee, forcing him to pay an undisclosed sum and concern an apology. Lee confronted authorized woes from the Tweet, little doubt, however Hollywood welcomed him again into its collective arms with out punishment.
Celebrities have been canceled for much, far much less.
Now, Lee is again within the headlines for the mistaken causes. Once more.
His new mission, the four-part HBO docuseries “New York Epicenters: 9/11 – 2021 1/2,” finds Lee giving airtime, and legitimacy, to 9/11 truthers. Even the liberal Slate known as out each Lee and HBO for together with the in depth materials within the collection.
“HBO Must Repair This Earlier than It’s Too Late,” the headline says.
A few decade in the past, I interviewed Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Fact founder Richard Gage a number of occasions and attended considered one of his occasions for articles in Slate and Architect Journal. Gage is chargeable for peddling a few of the most pernicious and long-running lies concerning the 9/11 assaults
John Nolte of Breitbart Information shares extra about Lee’s handiwork.
There’s no draw back for spreading 9/11 conspiracy theories. HBO rewards you. Massive Tech, Massive Leisure, Massive Media, and Massive Enterprise reward you.
We’re beginning to see a sample with Lee, one which sadly plagues different celebrities who care extra about partisan sniping than the reality.
These examples could also be dwarfed by Lee’s most disastrous dance with Pretend Information.
The director’s 2018 film “BlacKkKlansman” earned Lee his first Oscar (Greatest Tailored Screenplay). The movie follows the real-life story of police officer Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) who efficiently infiltrated a KKK group in Colorado in the course of the Seventies.
The film, which earned Lee the Grand Prix Award on the Cannes Movie Competition, ends with information footage tied to racially-charged incidents in modern-day America.
One clip confirmed President Donald Trump referring to a bunch of protesters in Charlottesville, Va. as “very positive individuals.” That was the core of the “Charlottesville Lie,” the Pretend Information narrative that immediately linked Trump to neo Nazis. The media repeatedly shared that misinformation, and Lee was very happy to select up the corrupt baton.
Lee wasn’t punished for together with an enormous lie in his film. One may argue it helped him snare that Oscar and associated honors for the movie given Hollywood’s hatred for President Trump.
Don’t anticipate any skilled blowback to return from his HBO docuseries. The conspiracy theories in query could have united the Left and the Proper of their condemnation of the docuseries, however Lee has survived far worse.