Speaking about his 1989 film Do the Right Thing, director Spike Lee told an audience at Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, Tuesday that black Americans are still “being hunted like animals” by police.
Spike Lee is in France for the celebrity-studded film festival to serve as the first black president of the panel of nine artists who are tasked with awarding the next Palm d’Or, the festival’s highest award.
During a Q&A on Tuesday, Lee was asked about Do the Right Thing and at one point he pushed the fictitious claim that American police officers are indiscriminately killing black people.
“I wrote it in 1988,” he said of the film. “When you see brother Eric Garner, when you see king George Floyd murdered. And you think and hope that 30 mother-fucking years later, Black people would’ve stop being hunted down like animals. So, I’m glad to be here, though.”