Spike Lee Gets Candid About Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine

Written by on February 23, 2021

Written by Donicia Hodge

American movie director, producer, and actor, Spike Lee was lately honored by his friends and associates turning into the 34th recipient of the American Cinematheque Award final month. The consideration is given to a rare artist who has achieved, and continues to realize, nice success by making vital contributions to American tradition. 

Lee isn’t any stranger to Hollywood and has constructed an illustrious profession by way of artistry in such films as Da 5 Bloods, Black BlacKKKlansman, Do the Proper Factor, and so many extra classics. There are few who’ve supplied extra innovation and cultural relevance than the 63-year outdated filmmaker or who’ve been extra outspoken on points impacting the Black group. 

BET.com sat down with Lee who let or not it’s recognized how he actually feels about getting the COVID-19 vaccination, his ideas concerning the insurrection at the Capitol building in January and witnessing his son daughter make historical past this weekend on the Golden Globe Awards. 

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BET.com: Your kids have made historical past and for the primary time ever, two siblings of shade have been chosen as Golden Globes Ambassadors. As a Black father, what recommendation do you give them particularly across the problems with social injustice? How do you information them by way of these occasions?

Spike Lee: My stunning spouse, Tonya Lewis Lee deserves all of the credit score for the good, younger, gifted artists our kids have change into. My son Jackson and my daughter Satchel and quite a bit concerning the individuals they’ve change into comes from simply listening to the dialogue that goes on on the dinner desk. We discuss points. We discuss concerning the world we reside in. So, they’ve seen my movies. They’ve seen my spouse’s movies. They’ve been immersed on this tradition. They’ve been immersed on the earth we reside in. So, it’s not like my spouse, Tonya and I’ve ever needed to give them speeches. It’s a move of discussions.

BET.com: Have you ever had conversations together with your son about getting pulled over?

Spike Lee: As a Black father, I’ve had discussions which I really feel is an obligation {that a} Black father has to have together with his Black son and that’s to not negate or disrespect our daughters. However, sure, my son and I’ve had discussions.

BET.com: The place have been you on Jan 6, 2021 and the way did it really feel seeing the federal government actually attacked on Capitol Hill? 

Spike Lee: Mob violence is a part of the historical past of this nation. Let’s go to the time period, ‘lynch mob,’ the place it was like [done at] a cookout. 1000’s of white supremacists come out to see ni**as being lynched, burned, physique components offered, postcards offered of Black our bodies.  As our nice sister Billie Holiday sang “Unusual Fruit.” What I noticed on Jan. sixth was a repeat of the historical past of this nation. 

BET.com: You’re very energetic on social media. Do you ever reply to trolls who make feedback in your posts? 

Spike Lee: Typically I delete individuals. Block, prohibit, and different occasions I ignore it. A few of the feedback I get are so ignorant. I actually simply take the time to elucidate to them that what they wrote was not factual, however ignorant.

For instance, lately I posted an image of an African-American nurse who was chosen to be one of many first individuals on this nation to obtain the vaccine. And she or he’s from Brooklyn, too. And I posted an image and Black Twitter received on my ass. This was the time the place I felt, I needed to educate individuals.

I do know concerning the Tuskegee experiment. I do know concerning the historical past of medication the place we’re used as guinea pigs. I additionally know that this Rona is wiping out Blacks and brown individuals on this nation at a better fee than anyone. I do know that a big majority of first responders are Black and brown individuals.

And when it’s my time to take the vaccine, like we are saying rising up in public faculty in Brooklyn, I’m not making an attempt to chop the road. I’m not tryna bounce the road. When it’s time for me to take the vaccine, I’ll take it. I’ll video tape iit, take an image of it and get it out as a result of I do consider that we have to take the vaccine to avoid wasting us. I’m taking the vaccine to guard my spouse, kids, siblings, and associates. This isn’t a hoax.

BET.com: What’s your course of like when it’s time to write your scripts?

Spike Lee: It actually relies upon from film-to-film, however the objective is to all the time inform a narrative. My favourite filmmakers are storytellers. You possibly can pass over the politics or whatnot, however the politics aren’t the germ for me that begins the story. They is likely to be within the film, however that’s not the germ. The germ is a narrative.

Take a look at Jackson and Satchel Lee who might be Golden Globe Ambassadors on the 78th Golden Globe Awards airing on Sunday, Feb 28 on NBC. 

Picture by: NBC/NBCU Picture Financial institution through Getty Photos

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