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Newswire: Spike Lee denies calling for Oscars boycott, but references Hamilton, so now you care | LGBTPost

Newswire: Spike Lee denies calling for Oscars boycott, but references Hamilton, so now you care

Spike Lee garnered some attention earlier this week when he posted a short essay on Instagram, criticizing the Academy Awards membership and Hollywood studio heads for the lack of diversity in nominations and in executive offices in the industry. Many readers, The A.V. Club included, took his words as a clear call for a boycott in response to the exclusion of any African-American nominees in this year’s acting and directing categories (hence the resurgence of the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite). However, during an appearance today on Good Morning America to promote his upcoming Michael Jackson documentary, a genial Lee stressed his lack of a direct call for a boycott. He also referenced the currently omnipresent pop-culture phenomenon Hamilton, which means you now have a reason to once more bug the rest of us about seeing that show.

“Here’s the thing. I have never used the word boycott,” Lee emphasized …

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