Spike Lee: “I Have Never Used The Word Boycott” With Oscars (VIDEO)
Spike Lee’s refusal to attend this year’s Academy Awards is a one-man mission. He says in an interview with “Good Morning America” on Wednesday that he is not calling for a mass boycott of the Oscars ceremony, but believes that changes need to be made. Watch the video below.
As Gossip Cop reported, Lee announced earlier this week that he would no longer be attending next month’s Academy Awards in the wake of black actors being snubbed and only white stars nominated for the second year in a row. It seemed like he was encouraging others to do the same, but now the filmmaker insists, “I have never used the word boycott. All I said is… [my wife and I] are not going. It’s like, ‘Do you. We’re not coming.’” Lee also addresses whether Chris Rock should step down as Oscars host and declares that the comedian “is a grown-ass man. He’s going to do what he wants to do. I support him either way.”
Lee further discusses the pledge for more diversity made by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. He reveals that when he received an honorary Oscar last November at the Governors Awards, “She began that night saying that this is her plan. [But] we can’t say hocus-pocus, presto-chango and the numbers are going to change overnight.” Lee also states that the much larger issue lies with minorities not being a part of meetings with movie studio executives “when they have these green light meetings quarterly… and they decide what we’re making and what we’re not making.”
So where will Lee be on Oscars night? The die-hard basketball fan will at the Knicks game. Watch the full “GMA” interview below.