In an expletive-ridden monologue at the Cannes Film Festival, Lee told reporters that following the events in Charlottesville, Mr Trump had the opportunity to denounce the Ku Klux Klan and the alt-right.
"We have a guy in the White House - I'm not gonna say his f**king name - who defined that moment not just for Americans but the world", said Lee.More news: Rapper TI Arrested After Altercation, Claims He Was 'Wrongfully Arrested'
As he unveiled his new film BlacKkKlansman set in 1970's America, Lee used footage of the white nationalist driver who ploughed his way into the crowd at the end of the film. It stars John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Jasper Pääkkönen, Robert John Burke, Corey Hawkins, and Ryan Eggold.
"BlacKkKlansman", which follows the fact-based story of an African American police officer who infiltrated the Klan in the 1970s, ends with a montage of footage from the Charlottesville riots and a dedication to Heyer. The final image is an upside-down American flag that fades to black and white.More news: Jameela Jamil Shreds Kim Kardashian For Promoting 'Appetite Suppressant' Lollipops
An official trailer for BlacKkKlansman, which is directed by Spike Lee and produced by Jordan Peele, was released this week by Focus Features. Lee added after the film was finished. The movie included a powerful ending messaging about Heather Heyer, the young woman was killed when a white nationalist ran her over with a vehicle during the protests. He contacted Heather Heyer's mother to get her "blessing" to include a scene depicting the attack in the film.
Lee referred to Charlottesville as an "ugly, ugly, ugly blemish on America", while making sure to remind the worldwide media at Cannes that the racism depicted in "BlacKkKlansman" doesn't only exist in the United States. This right-wing bullshit is not just America, it is all over the world, and we have to wake up. It's all over the world. I know my heart, I don't care what the critics say or anybody else, but we are on the right side of history with this film.More news: Macy's Inc | $ Stock | Shares Surge On Q1 Earnings Beat & High Guidance
At the premiere Monday, Lee was outfitted in a shiny purple-and-orange tuxedo and wore one ring declaring "love" on one hand, and "hate" on the other, paying homage to the jewelry won by the character Radio Raheem in his previous film "Do the Right Thing". "This is not just something that pertains to the United States of America, this bulls- has gone over the world".