Director Boots Riley questions the politics of Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’
Raymond Lawrence Riley, better known by his stage name Boots Riley, has questioned the politics regard new Spike Lee film BlacKkKlansman.
Riley, who first admitted that Lee was a huge influence on his career, questioned the fictional story of BlacKkKlansman and, more specifically, the part in which the police are made out to be heroes in the battle against racism.
“After 40 years of cop shows and cop movies, did we really need one more movie where it’s supposed to be about racism but the cops are the actual heroes of the film and the most effective force against racism?” Riley said on social media before adding essay notes.
The film, which is about an African-American cop who goes undercover in the KKK, focuses on focuses on Ron Stallworth – played by John David Washington – who worked as a police officer in the early ’70s.
The fact-based race drama, produced by Jordan Peele and the team behind his hit 2017 film Get Out, also stars Adam Driver playing the role of Stallworth’s colleague Flip Zimmerman along with stars Laura Harrier and Topher Grace.