Controversial film director Spike Lee condemned Hollywood for its ignorance of black people during a profane tirade at a Q&A session at the Sundance Film Festival, according to reports.
Lee, who is set to premiere his new movie “Red Hook Summer,” said Hollywood executives know nothing about black people and that his new film is not a “sequel to Do the Right Thing,” his acclaimed portrait of a poor Brooklyn neighborhood from more than twenty years ago.
However, “Red Hook” reprises some of the same characters from the previous film, including ‘Mookie,’ the pizza delivery man that Lee himself played before.
Referring to the overwhelmingly white population of the state of Utah (where Sundance is held every year), Lee told the audience: Is Brooklyn in the house? We doubled the black population of Utah, maybe tripled it, up in this room!
During a particularly amusing exchange, black comedian Chris Rock asked Lee: OK, so you did it. You spent your own money, right? What would you have done differently if you'd actually gotten a bunch of studio money? What else would have happened? Would you have blown up some s--t?”
Lee quickly replied: We never went to the studios with this film, Chris. I told you, we're gonna do this ... film ourselves!... I didn't want to hear no motherf-----r notes from the studio telling me ... about what a young 13-year-old boy and girl would do in Red Hook. They know nothing about black people. Nothing!