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Spike Lee Says He’s Not Boycotting the Oscars, But He Does Have Something Else to Do That Night (You May Be Able to Guess What It Is)

Jan 20, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Spike Lee clarified his position on the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony after media outlets said the director was boycotting the event amid a controversy over the lack of diversity among the acting nominees.

Reuters, which was among the outlets calling it a boycott — and which TVWeek cited in our own report Tuesday — reports that Lee talked about the situation on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” saying: “I have never used the word boycott. All I said was … my beautiful wife Tonya, we’re not coming. That’s it, and I gave the reasons. I never used the word boycott.”

It turns out that Lee, whose enthusiasm for the NBA and the New York Knicks is well-known, will be attending a Knicks game Feb. 28, the night of the Oscars. Lee, who received an honorary Academy Award just a few months ago, has called for affirmative action to deal with racial disparities in Hollywood.

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