Director Boots Riley Questions Spike Lees Black KKKlansman Politics On Twitter

Sorry To Bother You director Boots Riley has issued a long Twitter critique of Spike Lees new Black KKKlansman film, attacking its politics and timing.

Warning: The article contains spoilers on Black KKKlansman and Rileys tweets.

While allowing that Lee has been “a huge influence” on his career, Riley took issue with the fictionalization of the story, wherein police are made out to be heroes in the battle against racism. Lees film tells the true story of a black detective infiltrating a Colorado Springs chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

“After 40 years of cop shows and cop movies, did we really need one more movie where its supposed to be about racism but the cops are the actual heroes of the film and the most effective force against racism?” Riley asked. The director noted his tweet was a “rhetorical question,” indicating the answer is “no.”

Riley previously tweeted support for Lee and enthusiasm about seeing the BlackKKKlansman film. Some observers have noted that both films are now in the theaters, setting up a quasi-competition.

In the 5th paragraph it says: "where he did what all papers from the FBIs Counter Intelligence Program (Cointelpro) that were found through the freedom of information act tell us he did"

2b clear, it shuld say: "found through the freedom of information act point to him doing"

— Boots Riley (@BootsRiley) August 17, 2018

Dammit. Spike was paid over $200k "by NYPD". I left that out of the end.

— Boots Riley (@BootsRiley) August 17, 2018

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