In front of a room filled with his Hollywood peers, Spike Lee accepted his honorary Oscar during Saturday night’s Governors Award. But it was his 15 minute speech that has people talking.
Lee, who has been making the round promoting his new film Chi-Raq, spoke about Hollywood’s ever-present lack of diversity.
“This industry is so behind sports, it’s ridiculous,” Lee said from the podium. “It’s easier to be the president of the United States as a black person than to be the head of a studio. Honest. Or the head of a network.
“I’m getting real here,” Lee told the room filled with Hollywood’s most powerful executives and biggest stars. “Everybody here probably voted for Obama. But when I go to offices, I see no black folks, except for the brother man who is the security guard who checks my name as I go into the studio.”
Lee, who was presented the award by Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes and Samuel L. Jackson, didn’t mince his words when critiquing Hollywood. It’s this lack of diversity that has led Lee to create his movies using other venues and sometimes his own resources.
When you look at Hollywood, Lee wants to make sure that everyone is represented. There may have been some improvement over the last couple of years, but Hollywood definitely needs to do a lot more work.