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  • -Spike Lee. Thank you for being here.

  • I know we're on Zoom, but I wish I could be

  • in the same room with you.

  • -Yes, my brother, the world has changed.

  • -Yeah. It really has.

  • I do want to bring up --

  • you're such a powerful director

  • and a voice of generation after generation.

  • But -- -Going on my fourth --

  • -Jimmy I'm going into my fourth decade, my man.

  • -Is that crazy how fast time flies.

  • -63.

  • -No way.

  • -Black don't crack. [ Laughing ]

  • -No, not at all.

  • Honestly, I was watching this thing that you did,

  • because I watched this -- Don Lemon did this

  • special on CNN, and debuted this short

  • called "3 Brothers," where it is -- whew!

  • It is -- I just -- speechless.

  • What it is, it's basically, it's Radio Raheem,

  • Eric Garner, and George Floyd

  • all kind of cut in between.

  • So it's -- ah, it's just -- it's powerful.

  • I did want to show it on our show if you didn't mind.

  • -Can I just say one thing first before you show it?

  • -Yeah.

  • -Radio Raheem is a fictional character

  • from my 1980s film "Do the Right Thing."

  • But his murder is based upon

  • the real life murder of Michael Stewart,

  • who was a graffiti artist here in New York City, 1983.

  • So that's where I got that deal for the murder of Radio Raheem.

  • -Really, where he was choked to death?

  • -Yeah, came from Michael Stewart.

  • -Did not know that.

  • -Yeah, 1983. He was a graffiti artist,

  • down in the subway station.

  • New York Transit Authority Police jumped on him,

  • put him in a stranglehold. and he died in a coma

  • like several days after that.

  • So Radio Raheem is based -- even though it's fictional,

  • it's based upon the real life murder of Michael Stewart,

  • and who was good friends with Basquiat, too.

  • They were tight. -Really?

  • Did you ever think that that would --

  • I mean, that things wouldn't change since then and --

  • I don't know, I can't even --

  • -Jimmy, you know,

  • when I saw Eric Garner,

  • I'm like, that's -- that's Radio Raheem

  • based upon Michael Stewart.

  • And then to see our brother King Floyd,

  • and I know that he saw what happened

  • to Eric Garner. -Yep.

  • -So he's seeing that in his mind as his last

  • eight and a half minutes

  • are being suffocated out of him.

  • -Jeez. I want to show everyone this,

  • and I do want to warn anyone at home,

  • this is graphic, but it's real,

  • and it's violence from police officers.

  • And -- but watch and see how the film holds up.

  • -I'm minding my business, Officer.

  • I'm minding my business. Please just leave me alone.

  • I told you the last time, please leave me alone.

  • Please, don't touch me. [ Bleep ]

  • -Hold on, hold on, hold on. -Don't touch me, please.

  • -[ Men talking at once ] -Don't touch me.

  • [Bleep]

  • [ Bleep ] [ Shouting ]

  • -Yeah, [bleep], come on!

  • -Yo! [ Shouts ] -Do something.

  • [ All shouting ]

  • [ Bleep ] -...do it!

  • -[ Men talking at once ]

  • [Bleep]

  • -I can't breathe.

  • -Get the -- get the -- [ Gasping ]

  • -I can't breathe!

  • -I can't breathe!

  • -[ Gasping ] -Just take him down, man.

  • [ Bleep ]

  • -[ Speaks indistinctly ] Ah --

  • [ Gasping ]

  • -Mama!

  • -Get up and get in the car right.

  • -Back up then get on those steps.

  • -Okay. -Get off of him now.

  • -You're gonna choke him... -What is wrong with y'all?

  • -What the [bleep] He got mace.

  • -[ Groaning ] -Get his arm, get his --

  • -All he did was break up a fight.

  • -[ Grunting ]

  • -[Bleep] stopping his breathing right there, bro.

  • -I can't breathe.

  • -Back up. -Back up.

  • -Bro, he's not even [bleep] moving.

  • Get off of his [bleep] neck, bro.

  • -No! -Radio!

  • -[ Grunts weakly ]

  • -Radio Raheem!

  • -No, bro, look at him, he's non-responsive right now, bro.

  • -Sir, it's EMS. Come on. We're here to help, alright?

  • [ Shouting ]

  • -...back on the street!

  • -Don't touch him!

  • -You could've at least lifted him up off the ground, bro.

  • We wouldn't even have tripped, bro.

  • [ Door closes ] [ Bleep ]

  • -Yeah, 987. You just killed that [bleep], bro.

  • You just killed him, bro.

  • -Y'all just really just killed that man.

  • -You just really killed that man, bro.

  • -Uh, whew!

  • It's -- it's jarring, and it's --

  • I just think -- I hope that people are --

  • that this is the biggest change, this is it.

  • This is something. Let's do something. Let's --

  • -Well, I think, Jimmy, my brother, people are there.

  • I was on my bike yesterday here in Brooklyn and --

  • 'Cause I was so -- I've seen it, you know,

  • we're still in quarantine. -Yeah.

  • -But yesterday I said, yo, I got to be in it.

  • I had my mask on. -You did it.

  • -Yeah, but to see -- and also --

  • to see young -- young white generation,

  • my sisters and brothers, they're out there.

  • It's not just black and brown people.

  • So I'm very enthusiastic

  • that people around the world

  • were galvanized by the horrific murder of George Floyd

  • in saying, "No, no, no."

  • And also, I think that people are going to come out to vote.

  • I'm talking about specifically United States of America,

  • people are going to come out and vote and say hell no

  • to Agent Orange -- like, you got to go.

  • And, you know, that is my hope,

  • that's my prayer,

  • and our president, President Barack Obama, has said

  • that this upcoming presidential election

  • is going to be the most important in history

  • of the United States of America.

  • I want to take it a step further from Barack,

  • saying that this presidential election

  • will be the most important election

  • in the history of the modern world.

  • Because he gets elected -- now this is my opinion.

  • This guy gets elected, the world is in peril.

  • -Yeah. -They tried --

  • They had to talk him down for siccing

  • national armed forces on peaceful Americans.

  • And it's like this guy has never even heard of the Constitution

  • of the United States of America. -Yeah.

  • -And my question is, what is Bill Barr's job?

  • He's supposed to be the attorney general.

  • He don't know that? -Jesus.

  • -So this is like -- Things are bananas now.

  • Bananas. -Yeah. Yeah.

  • It just feels like every move is, like,

  • more shocking than the next move, and you're like,

  • someone has to talk to somebody and say like,

  • hey, what you're putting out there is not working.

  • So whatever you're doing, this is --

  • you got to do something else.

  • Or do something different because this is --

  • -If I may say, sometimes I just think that

  • he should just be quiet.

  • -Yeah. -Him.

  • To talk about -- to say --

  • to speak for George Floyd looking down from heaven

  • saying that this is a great day in America?

  • Just don't say nothing!

  • -Just stop. Just stop. -Stop.

  • You should not be talking about --

  • you should not be speaking about our brother.

  • -No.

  • More with Spike Lee when we come back.

  • Do you mind, Spike, hanging out for one more segment?

  • -I'm here, baby. -I'm so happy.

  • Thank you, bud. We'll be right back.

-Spike Lee. Thank you for being here.

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