Spike Lee refuses to say Donald Trump’s name on 'Da 5 Bloods' press tour, refers to him only as 'Agent Orange'
Spike Lee attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2020 after the 92nd Oscars at the Valais Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on February 9, 2020. (Photo by Jean-Baptiste Lacroix / AFP via Getty Images)
"As you can see, I'm not saying his name," Spike Lee told The View Friday hosts after referring to President Donald Trump as "Agent Orange" while promoting his new Vietnam drama Da 5 Bloods.
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The Oscar winner appeared on The View just a few hours after another video interview he did on Thursday on The Daily Show (uh, The Daily Social Distancing Show, as it has been called in recent months).
"We fought for this country from the start!" Lee told host Trevor Noah while he was talking about Crispus Attucks, the first person to be killed during the Boston (and thus the American Revolution) massacre. "We fought for this country, as you said, it doesn't fight for us. We loved this country that doesn't love us. When that agent Orange talks about our brother Colin Kaepernick [the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, who appears to have been blacked out of the NFL for not being patriotic during the national anthem to protest the police brutality] is a few bs. ... It's about the same thing that people in this world are walking through the streets. "
Lee's nickname as president goes beyond The View and The Daily Show. The filmmaker has used the nickname in virtually every interview he promoted for Da 5 Bloods, which refers to both the president's artificial tan and the long-controversial chemical weapon used by the U.S. military in Vietnam. He also used the term in the press for his last film, BlackKklansman, which earned the famous provocateur his first competitive Oscar for the best adapted screenplay. "Agent Orange had the chance to condemn the [Klu Klux] clan, right-wing, neo-Nazi [movements], but it didn't," Lee told Yahoo Entertainment about Trump's highly reviewed comments on "very good people" at Unite the Right rally and the murder of counter-protesters Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
Da 5 Bloods follows four black Vietnam vets (Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis and Isaiah Whitlock Jr.) back to the Southeast Asian country to bury the remains of their fallen squad leader (Chadwick Boseman) and a case of gold after it was rescued from a crashed helicopter. Lindo's PTSD sufferer Paul has become an apologetic Trump supporter with a MAGA hat and is ridiculed by his friends and veterinarians for voting for the "Klansman in the Oval Office".
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"I mean he has these tendencies," Lee said in an interview with the British GQ about Trump. “He campaigned for the Charlottesville clan. He agrees with their cause. "The filmmaker adds that Trump will go down in history as the" worst president of the United States. "
As for the decision to make Lindo's character a Trump supporter: "I mean, all these blood relatives, these middle-aged black men, they don't all think alike. So we thought about what the most extreme thing we could do could - and that was a supporter of Agent Orange. "Lee admits that he knows some African American Trump supporters in his own life." I mean, I don't know if they voted, but yes, there are black ones very small percentage, but there are black people who drink the Orange Kool-Aid agent! "
The author and director of Do the Right Thing has been an outspoken opponent of Trump for years, but has intensified his attacks on his latest press tour, especially as the president continues to criticize his divisive rhetoric and response to the #BlackLivesMatter after the police murder protests George Floyd.
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The name Lee casually drops “Agent Orange,” and media remains to clarify the reference every time.
"Today we have this guy in the White House, Agent Orange ... who does the same thing," Lee told The Hollywood Reporter when he made comparisons between Trump and politicians who misled the American public during the Vietnam War. "Lies, bald-headed lies. I mean, it's amazing to see this stuff on CNN where you could see with your own eyes how he said something, and then, a day later, he said he never said these cops ** t he said. "
In response to Trump's job report last week, in which the president bizarrely claimed that it was "a great day for George Floyd," Lee told the Chicago Tribune, "What should I say? You know what? I'll give you the initials. Wait Hey, I'm a dyslexic, so I have to write it down ... What can I say? STFU! That's what I'm saying to Agent Orange: STFU. "
"So when Agent Orange talks about it," If you don't like America, you can go ... "F-k that!" Lee said to Vanity Fair. "We built this mother! I mean, we were nothing but patriotic! And this great country hasn't really made its promise to the colored. "
"Agent Orange, if you didn't guess," the publication says, "is his nickname for Donald Trump."
Da 5 Bloods is now streaming on Netflix.
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