"I don't think his (Jackson's) comments help anybody. It's just unfortunate,"He also speculated about what an Obama presidency might mean:
"When that happens, it will change everything. ... You'll have to measure time by `Before Obama' and `After Obama,'" Lee said during the panel. "It's an exciting time to be alive now."
The presidency of the first African-American will ripple throughout arts, sports and more, said Lee, whose films include "Malcolm X" and "."
"Everything's going to be affected by this seismic change in the universe," he said.
And when you think about it, isn't that just what the Obama campaign has been missing--hyperbole?
I do agree with one thing that Spike had to say, though:
Here's the thing: I don't know why people are questioning whetheris black enough. For me, that's an ignorant statement."
"There are middle-class, educated black people who speak the way he does. ... We have to try to move away from this so-called image of what black is, which is largely influenced by rap and that type of stuff," Lee said.
But what can you expect from the man who called Clarence Thomas "A handkerchief-head, chicken-and-biscuit-eating Uncle Tom"?*
*To be fair, Spike Lee's comment was that Malcom X, if he were alive today, would have placed that label on Thomas, but I think we can agree that Lee at least shared the sentiment.