Spike Lee has opted to cut footage regarding 9/11 conspiracies from the final chapter of his NYC Epicentres documentary.
In an age whereby destabilising and truth-distorting conspiracies are gaining traction and proving more problematic than ever, the director came under fire for seemingly adding credence to various theories surrounding 9/11 in the documentary.
Following this controversy, the director has decided to remove the footage pertaining to conspiracies from the eighth chapter of his four-episode documentary, meaning it is now 30-minutes shorter. Only days ago, Lee told the New York Times: “I mean, I got questions. And I hope that maybe the legacy of this documentary is that Congress holds a hearing, a congressional hearing about 9/11.”
Adding: “[Sic] The amount of heat that it takes to make steel melt, that temperature’s not reached. And then the juxtaposition of the way Building 7 fell to the ground — when you put it next to other building collapses that were demolitions, it’s like you’re looking at the same thing. But people going to make up their own mind. My approach is put the information in the movie and let people decide for themselves. I respect the intelligence of the audience.”
However, following critical screenings on the 25th of August, Lee released a statement reading: “I’m Back In The Editing Room And Looking At The Eighth And Final Chapter Of NYC EPICENTERS 9/11➔2021½. I Respectfully Ask You To Hold Your Judgement Until You See The FINAL CUT.”
While Lee may not have wanted to put his weight behind the conspiracies and presented them as a matter of rhetoric, the fear seems to be that in the current climate they may not have come across that way. Thus, it would seem he has judiciously opted to cut them entirely.
The sprawling episodic documentary that looks at New York City in the 21st century is set to air on Tuesday 31st of August.