Spike Lee shrugged off President Donald Trump's put-down of the filmmaker's "do-the-right-thing" political advice at the Oscars — saying the mean tweet was an attempt to "change the narrative."
In remarks to Entertainment Weekly, Lee was asked about Trump's description of the "BlacKkKlansman" director and writer's speech as a "racist hit."
"Well, it's okee-doke, you know," Lee said with a shrug, EW reported. "They change the narrative."
"They did the same thing with the African-American players who were kneeling, trying to make it into an anti-American thing, an anti-patriotic thing, and an anti-military thing," he continued. "But no one's going for that."
Lee read from several pages of prepared remarks Sunday when he took the stage in Los Angeles to accept the Oscar for best adapted screenplay.
He honored Black History Month and thanked his grandmother — who he said saved up 50 years of Social Security checks to help put him through film school — before turning to the 2020 election.
"Let's all mobilize, let's all be on the right side of history," he urged. "Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let's do the right thing."
Lee never named Trump but has been critical of him in the past.
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