Spike Lee’s Black Klansman Wins Cannes Grand Prix, Ya Dig?

Innovative filmmaker Spike Lee is at it again with his latest film Black Klansman about to ruffle some feathers. Based on the true story of how African American police officer Ron Stallworth infiltrated the very racist Klu Klux Klan.

Starring John David Washington and Adam Driver, Lee turns the story into what looks like a fun comedy and homage to 70s cinema and blaxploitation flicks. While not out in cinemas yet, the film cleaned out at the Cannes Film Festival, winning the prestigious Cannes Grand Prix, the second biggest award achievable at the festival.

“I think people are responding to the subject matter and the world we live in today.” -Spike Lee in an interview with W Magazine

Lee doesn’t play around when it comes to his feelings about the Klan, portraying Klan members as ignorant imbeciles as a way to say to the audience “look how stupid racism is.” And you know what? He’s absolutely right.

In a time where racial tension is becoming an increasingly controversial topic, it’s nice to have a movie that side steps all of it, choosing to spell out just how ridiculous racism really is. And while some may call it a controversial film, to me it looks like a breath of fresh air where we can just relax and watch a creative movie where good v evil is very black and white.

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