Spike Lee Talks Broadway Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’, Oscars Boycott and Chris Rock
Spike Lee is calling on the Oscars to do the right thing when it comes to diversity. Recently, the director opened up to George Stephanopoulos about not attending this year’s ceremonies, the rumored boycott, host Chris Rock and even the Broadway musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
During his recent interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s Good Morning America, Spike Lee spoke up about the Oscars, telling the host (via A.V. Club):
“Here’s the thing. I have never used the word boycott. All I said was my beautiful wife Tanya, we’re not coming. That’s it, and I gave the reasons. So I never used the word boycott.”
Lee also commented on Chris Rock’s involvement in the ceremony as host, adding:
“Chris Rock is a grown-a** man. He can do what he wants to do, and I support either way.”
Later on during his interview with Stephanopoulos, Lee named dropped Hamilton refreshing the song “The Room Where It Happens:”
“Have you seen Hamilton yet? You know that song, ‘Gotta be in the room’? “We’re not in the room. The executives when they have these greenlight meetings quarterly, they look at the scripts and see who’s in it and decide what we’re making and what we’re not making.”