Last night two Gold Star parents asked director and activist Spike Lee a question during a CNN town hall regarding kneeling during the national anthem. Lee was a panelist along with Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, former U.S. Army Green Beret Nate Boyer, and former New York Jet Michel Faulkner. Lee is a supporter of NFL players who choose to dishonor the flag.
The Gold Star family were the parents of Staff Sgt. Louis Bonacasa. They told Lee how they recently attended a ceremony for other Gold Star parents and were sickened at how NFL players took a knee during the national anthem. They called it a “slap in the face.” So things got a little awkward when Mr. Bonacasa asked, “How do you support these multi-millionaires on their knees, and don’t support what the fallen heroes died for?”
Lee said he was sorry for their loss but then accused them of lying, saying their narrative was “false.” He then made some bizarre, rambling statement about the 1968 Olympics to justify his position:
“‘All these players have said, many many times, that they respect the armed forces,’ Lee said. ‘They respect the flag. And they respect America. And this narrative that when they take a knee, it’s insulting your son who is no longer here, is not true. They’ve said that again, and again, and again.’
“Host Anderson Cooper pointed out to Lee that many find the protest during the national anthem to be disrespectful.
“‘Well a lot of people thought that what — in the ’68 Olympics!’ Lee said. ‘This is why I’m wearing this shirt. John Carlos and Tommie Smith, when they won the Olympics, they put the black fist up. A lot of people thought that was—'”
Mr. Boncasa had a follow-up question about supporting our military and North Korea. Lee quickly turned it onto an attack on President Trump, indicating he was more worried about Trump than Kim Jong Un:
“‘When North Korea aims a missile at us, are these football players gonna be on their knees, or are they gonna support our veterans?’ he asked.
“Lee responded not by answering directly, but by expressing his worry about President Donald Trump.
“‘Sir, I’m worried just as much about Donald Trump as that crazy guy in North Korea. And he has a nuclear code. I’m worried about that,’ Lee said.”
Does anyone take Spike Lee serious? If they do, they shouldn’t. If Lee is a top spokesperson for progressive politics and PC culture, then there is no way Donald Trump can lose on this issue.
I suppose we should not be so outraged by Spike Lee’s desperate attempts to remain relevant. He’s an angry man who is so mixed up in his head that few can really take him seriously.
“Not especially. While it’s emotionally satisfying to some to see Spike Lee forced to face parents of a fallen soldier over the subject, it doesn’t move the ball forward towards understanding or bringing Americans together. To put together such emotionally charged representatives of both sides doesn’t do much to get us past our divisive national impasse, it merely sensationalizes the debate.”