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Spike Lee Talks Global Protests: "The World Has Changed"

Spike Lee Talks Global Protests: "The World Has Changed"
June 9, 2020 - 18:48 / Amanda Stanford

Spike Lee has always shown an important narrative in Hollywood films, and this time the director and screenwriter is sharing his insight with Jimmy Fallon.

Spike Lee watches history repeat itself 

On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Hollywood icon Spike Lee shares his thoughts on the current global protests, as well as his film predictions.

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The Do The Right Thing director opened up about his 1989 classic film and shared how the character "Radio Raheem" dying by a cop choking him was an eerie premonition.

The director also shared a short film in which he cut together footage of Do The Right Thing with various clips of real-life killings of Black men at the hands of police.

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"When I saw Eric Garner, I’m like, 'That’s Radio Raheem based on Michael Stewart.' And then to see our brother [George] Floyd, and I know he saw what happened to Eric Garner, so he’s seeing that in his mind as his last eight and a half are being suffocated out of him," he said to the host.

Lee then went on to share that he biked to a protest in Brooklyn over the weekend, and told Fallon what he saw.

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"Jimmy, my brother, people are there," he said. 

"The young white generation, my sisters and brothers, they’re out there, it’s not just Black and Brown people. I’m very, very enthusiastic that people around the world were galvanized by the horrific murder of George Floyd," he continued.

Lee also divulged that he is hopeful for the November U.S. election, sharing that he thinks this time people will be saying "‘Hell no’ to Agent Orange."

He went on to say, "This guy gets elected, the world is imperiled… things are bananas now. Bananas."

Watch the full clip below. To find out how you can help, visit BlackLivesMatter.