From The Coup To 'Sorry To Bother You': Boots Riley Is Oakland's Undefinable Storyteller [Interview]
From The Coup To 'Sorry To Bother You': Boots Riley Is Oakland's Undefinable Storyteller [Interview]
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Boots Riley Has Some Sharp Critiques of Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman'

Boots Riley has some sharp critiques

Sorry to Bother You and BlacKkKlansman have been two of the most critically acclaimed movies to be released this summer.

So it was interesting to Boots Riley, the writer and director of Sorry to Bother You, dish out some sharp critiques of BlacKkKlansman, which was directed by Spike Lee.

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Boots Riley started critiquing the movie on Friday (August 17th) when he wrote a pretty detailed explanation of his issues. Basically, Riley detailed all the ways Lee's movie played with the truth when it came to the film's protagonist Ron Stallworth. Riley felt like Lee and the writers went out of their way to make the character more heroic.

This is pretty par for the course for most Hollywood movies. However, Riley's critiques come from the fact that Stallworth was part of the FBI's controversial Cointelpro program, and he helped infiltrate a black radical group. At one point Riley wrote: For Spike to come out with a movie where a story points are fabricated in order to make Black cop and his counterparts look like allies in the fight against racism is really disappointing, to put it very mildly.

READ:From The Coup To Sorry To Bother You: Boots Riley Is Oakland's Undefinable Storyteller [Interview]

Here is what he wrote:

Boots Riley conituned his critiques on Monday, August 20th:

He wrapped up everything by saying that people should go see the film, regardless:

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