Spike Lee is using his talent to tell another necessary story.
Famed director Spike Lee, who has just been nominated for an Oscar for his film “BlacKkKlansman,” is taking on another controversial topic for his latest project. The topic is immigration and the thousands of Central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S.
In a recent interview, during the government shutdown, Lee spoke to the women on “The View” about the music video “Land Of The Free” that he directed for The Killers. He said singer Brandon Flowers reached out to him after watching “BlacKkKlansman.”
“He called me out of nowhere and told me he has a song and it’s a protest song,” Lee said on “The View.” “I said, ‘Send it to me,’ and I said, ‘Let’s do it.'” Lee said the song is about “people who were seeking peace.”
“It’s so relevant because over 800,000 Americans are not being paid — because of what’s happening on this thing,” he said, speaking in regards to President Donald Trump seeking billions for the border wall.
“[Trump was] saying, ‘All Mexican’s are rapists, murderers, drug dealers.’ And then he said with the caravan that was coming, ‘Well there’s some people from the Middle East,’ so he was trying to say there were terrorists,” Lee said. “They’re people who walk hundreds of miles in flip-flops, so unless they made some nuclear bomb flip-flops..” and added: “This is bananas, this is a crazy time.”
Here’s a portion of the lyrics:
“When I go out in my car, I don’t think twice/But if you’re the wrong color skin (I’m standing, crying)/You grow up looking over both your shoulders/In the land of the free/And we got more people locked up than the rest of the world/Right here in red, white and blue (I’m standing, crying)/Incarceration’s become big business/It’s harvest time out on the avenue.”
Flowers said via Twitter that the song began taking shape in 2012 during the school shootings in Sandy Hook. He added that everything that our country has endured since Trump’s election made him complete the song.
“We dishonor our values, our ancestors, and our heritage, and we tear gas our brothers and sisters seeking asylum. I see my family in the faces of these vulnerable people.” He finished by saying: “I love my country. I know these are complicated times, but whether you stand to the left, or the right, or straddle the line, you gotta believe that we can do better.”