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Spike Lee rejoices over Trump impeachment vote; talks COVID vaccine and his Viagra musical movie

  • January 14, 2021

Spike Lee is ready to suit up to accept the 34th American Cinematheque Award on Thursday.

Yet, before he can discuss being lauded by the likes of Angela Bassett, Ryan Coogler and Jodie Foster in the virtual ceremony (viewable through ticket purchase), there’s a political matter capturing the “Da 5 Bloods” director’s attention. A Wednesday afternoon interview is delayed until after the House of Representatives votes to impeach President Trump for the second time.

“I’ve been on CNN since 9 this morning,” Lee explains, pointing to a large-screen TV during a Zoom call.

Lee, 63, does mute CNN when speaking to USA TODAY about the impeachment vote, his very real upcoming Viagra musical movie and his views on the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Spike Lee will receive the 34th American Cinematheque Award in a virtual ceremony on Thursday, January 14.

Question: First, what are your thoughts about what has just transpired in the House this afternoon?

Spike Lee: This is an historic day, a day that will go down in the history of the United States of America. No president ever has been impeached twice. And Agent Orange will go down on the wrong side of history and as the worst — with a capital W — president in the history of this country. Facts.

Q: There’s just over a week until theinauguration of a new president, Joe Biden. Are you concerned about how all this drama will play out before then?

Lee: Yes, I’m concerned. Listen to the Republicans talking about healing. But I don’t know how we could heal as a nation until justice happened first. And justice, in my opinion, meant he had to be to be impeached. I don’t think a mob should scare anybody. This is not the first mob in the history of the United States in America. Thousands of African Americans have been lynched, there’s the term “lynch mob.” This is not new. CNN reports that (armed protests) are being planned outside 50 state capitols. But we can’t be scared as Americans. Part of seeking justice is not being scared. 

Q: A video circulated on social media of you celebrating Biden’s November election win by opening a bottle of champagne in Brooklyn. How will you celebrate the inauguration?

Lee: I just want to make it clear. Somebody handed me that bottle. And that was Prosecco. That was not champagne. That’s why it did not spray. Not complaining, But it was not champagne, people.

As for the inauguration, that might be Dom Perignon, baby. I might spend a little money.

Q: Your daughter, Satchel, and son, Jackson, have been named ambassadors for the Golden Globe Awards on Feb. 28. Do you think that will be an in-person event or virtual due to COVID-19 in Southern California?

Lee: In my opinion, it is going to be virtual.

Spike Lee, second right, and his family, from left, son Jackson Lee, wife Tonya Lewis Lee and daughter Satchel Lee, right, arrive at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Jan. 6, 2019.

Q: Have you been given the chance to take the COVID-19 vaccine? If not, do you have any misgivings?

Lee: As they used to say in school, growing up in Brooklyn, I’m not going to cut the line. When it’s my time to take the vaccine, I’ll take it. I’m glad you asked that, though. Because even today, there’s a large portion of the African American community and Brown community who are leery of taking this vaccine. I understand. Because historically – with the Tuskegee experiment, among other things – Black people, Brown people have been used as guinea pigs. But I think that this is different. And I hope that when I do take the vaccine that  there’ll be a picture to document it. At the same time I do understand the concerns, they are legitimate. But I think we have to take this. 

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