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Twitter Meme Turns ‘Green Book’ Into Well-Meaning But Racist White Person

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A lot of people were not happy that “Green Book” ended up the surprise Best Picture winner at the 2019 Oscars, and expressed themselves through a meme that imagined the film as a casual racist who doesn’t realize he’s racist.

Within moments of the win, “BlacKkKlansman” director Spike Lee tried to leave the Dolby theater in protest, (he later criticized the decision in a post-show interview), while Los Angeles Times film critic Justin Chang declared it to be “the worst best picture winner since ‘Crash.’” The Twitter meme had some users comparing “Green Book” to racist white people who think they’re open-minded and well-meaning.

It started with NBC reporter Alex Seitz-Wald, who joked that “Some of Green Book’s best friends are black movies.”

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“Green Book says there are good people on both sides,” one user said.

“Green Book is concerned about White Working Class Voters,” said another.

“Green Book doesn’t see color. ‘Just call me book,’” joked another.

And yep, there were plenty of jokes referencing Jordan Peel’s acclaimed horror-satire “Get Out.”

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Long before its Oscars win, “Green Book” experienced a significant backlash. Some slammed it for making a white man the main character of a story drawn from black history. The family of Dr. Don Shirley, played in the film by Mahershala Ali in an Oscar-winning performance, called it a “symphony of lies.” And the filmmakers were criticized for not consulting Shirley’s family — though they insist they were following instructions from Shirley himself, who died in 2013.

Fans of the film found it to be an inspiring story of overcoming bigotry and stereotypes, and applauded the interaction between the leads.

See more of what viewers had to say on Twitter below:

Green Book says there are good people on both sides.

— Melinna B (@MelinnaTeatrina) February 25, 2019

Green Book is going to stop trying to help if people keep being so unappreciative.

— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) February 25, 2019

Green Book is concerned about White Working Class Voters.

— ????Man On Fire???? (@Unseen17) February 25, 2019

Green Book pulled itself up by its bootstraps and put in the work. Nobody ever gave Green Book anything.

— Tom and Gerrymandered (@tghoneycutt) February 25, 2019

Green Book doesn’t see color. “Just call me book.”

— Dee2???????????????? (@deedeeflagg) February 25, 2019

Green Book just pinned a really powerful Martin Luther King quote on Pinterest.

— Cynthia McCabe (@crkmccabe) February 25, 2019

Green Book wants folks to know that all movies matter.

— JayDee_JD (@JayDee_JayDee2) February 25, 2019

Green Book just felt economically disenfranchised.

— Courtenay Hameister (@Wisenheimer) February 25, 2019

Green Book Yoga pic.twitter.com/4okZaARK2d

— Anna M (@AnnaM11978685) February 25, 2019

And here are some of those “Get Out’ jokes:

Green Book would have voted for Obama for a third term if it could. pic.twitter.com/THSxLme1MX

— Ryan Sons (@RyanSons) February 25, 2019

pic.twitter.com/YkaMDNmztL

— VFX Soldier (@VFXSoldier) February 25, 2019

Green Book would have voted for Obama a third time

— Statistically Underperforming Instagram Child (@cliftonsutters) February 25, 2019

Green Book thinks we live in a post racial society ????

— Lil Extro Vert ????‍???????? (@CandaceA) February 25, 2019

Damn
Savage
Since we here tho
Green Book voted for Obama… twice

— leroyP33 (@leroyp33) February 25, 2019

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Why the ‘Green Book’ Oscar Victory Has Divided Hollywood

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Inside the Governors Ball on Sunday, where the Oscar-shaped smoked salmon canapes were passed in abundance, it didn’t take long for Spike Lee’s tantrum over “Green Book” winning Best Picture to make the rounds.

Oscar-goers and winners were aghast that Spike turned his back in the theater when “Green Book” was announced for the final award, and then made his displeasure even more clear in the press room when he said, “The ref made a bad call.”

But more than gossip about Spike’s bad manners, the question was why did “Green Book” seem to rub some people — including a leading director of color — the wrong way? Especially on a night when an historic number of nonwhite talent won gold statues?

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“It was great to see Spike Lee hold an Oscar,” actor David Oyelowo said at the Governor’s Ball, echoing the sentiments of many, and emphasizing the positive.

But the backstage drama suggested a clash between Hollywood’s old and new waves, as when Ava DuVernay showed up, queenlike, at the much-dissed Vanity Fair post-Oscar party in support of the new-generation editor Radhika Jones.

En route to that party that some folks wonder might lose its luster! LOL. @VanityFair#OSCARS pic.twitter.com/Zb9c43klf1

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 25, 2019

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This year’s Oscars seemed suspended between what the Academy aspires to be — progressive, inclusive and actually diverse — and where it traditionally has been, which is politically progressive as seen through the eyes of privileged white folks, almost exclusively men.

“Green Book” fell squarely in the latter category, the latest iteration of well-intentioned storytelling about American race relations told by white people who continue to hold most of the power. Spike Lee, ever the barn-burner, seemed to rebel against that convention even when the Academy chose to honor him with his first-ever competitive Oscar for his own dark comedy about…. that’s right, race.

Understandably, the makers of “Green Book” found no comfort in the backlash. Producer Jim Burke seemed wounded when asked at the Governors Ball about Lee’s criticism. “It’s a Spike issue,” he said, adding, “It’s never been made clear” what specific issues the “BlackKklansman” director has with the movie.

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But truth be told, Spike wasn’t the only one questioning the “Green Book” victory —  he was just the only one invited to the party who threw a stink bomb.

Twitter immediately was afire with critics who found the choice artistically offensive. Many noted that director Peter Farrelly’s acceptance speech omitted mention of Don Shirley, the African American concert pianist who was the subject of the film (played by Oscar winner Mahershala Ali).

Others, like past Oscar nominee James L. Brooks, detected an odd note in Ali’s acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor. “The director earnestly thanked for never coming near the actors, ‘giving us space’ ..letting us work it out on our own,” he tweeted. “Must have been one edgy set.”

Literally still laughing at last night’s thank you speech 4 best supporting actor. The director earnestly thanked for never coming near the actors, “giving us space” ..letting us work it out on our own” and confining himself to an occasional “tweak”..Must have been one edgy set.

— james l. brooks (@canyonjim) February 25, 2019

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Almost immediately, the “Green Book” win divided people along political and cultural lines.

On the racial politics of telling another story about racism in the 1960s South through the point of view of a white man, Burke tried to explain: “It’s about the black-and-white experience. It’s about differences in race and class, but we are all, every one of us, very proud of this film. If you have a problem with that — it’s confusing.”

I asked whether he thought some of the criticism came from the fact that the film had a white director, white writers and five white male producers (although, to be fair, Octavia Spencer also co-produced).

“I can’t change the fact that I’m white. If the question is: Can white people have or not have a point of view on racial inequality?…” He trailed off, without an answer and finally just said: “It’s been a rough campaign season.”

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Spike Lee accepted his career-first competitive Oscar on Sunday night with a rousing speech that President Trump slammed as “racist” Monday morning.

The director, who shared the Best Adapted Screenplay prize for his film “BlackKklansman,” bounded onto the stage of the Dolby Theatre to deliver a characteristically political speech that noted the U.S. legacy of slavery and genocide of native people and ended with a call for people to vote in 2020.

Even though Lee did not mention Trump by name, the president lashed out on Monday via Twitter: “Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all, when doing his racist hit on your President, who has done more for African Americans (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts,etc.) than almost any other Pres!”

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After dropping an F-bomb that got bleeped during the live telecast — “Do not turn that motherf—ing clock on,” Lee shouted — Lee read a prepared statement from a yellow sheet of paper:

The word today is “irony.” The date, the 24th. The month, February, which also happens to be the shortest month of the year, which also happens to be Black History month. The year, 2019. The year, 1619. History. Her story. 1619. 2019. 400 years.

Four hundred years. Our ancestors were stolen from Mother Africa and bought to Jamestown, Virginia, enslaved. Our ancestors worked the land from can’t see in the morning to can’t see at night. My grandmother, Zimmie Shelton Retha, who lived to be 100 years young, who was a Spelman College graduate even though her mother was a slave. My grandmother who saved 50 years of Social Security checks to put her first grandchild — she called me “Spikie-poo” — she put me through Morehouse College and NYU grad film. NYU!

Before the world tonight, I give praise to our ancestors who have built this country into what it is today along with the genocide of its native people. We all connect with our ancestors. We will have love and wisdom regained, we will regain our humanity. It will be a powerful moment. The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there.

Watch the video above.

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President Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at Spike Lee after the “BlackKklansman” director took indirect aim at the president during his Oscar acceptance speech at Sunday’s 91st Academy Awards.

“Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all, when doing his racist hit on your President, who has done more for African Americans (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts,etc.) than almost any other Pres!,” Trump tweeted.

The Trump tweet came just minutes after a “Fox & Friends” segment mentioning Lee’s Oscars moment, calling on voters to “mobilize” ahead of the 2020 election.

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Lee snagged the first competitive Oscar win in his long career for his adapted screenplay for the drama “BlackKklansman.” He ended his acceptance speech with a pointed shot at Trump, urging those watching to vote him out of office.

“The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history,” Lee said, making no mention of Trump by name. “Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there.”

Lee was referring to his 1989 movie “Do the Right Thing!” which lost the Best Picture Oscar to “Driving Miss Daisy.” Despite the screenplay win on Sunday, Lee similarly lost out on in the Best Director and Best Picture categories, which went to “Roma” director Alfonso Cuarón and “Green Book,” respectively.

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In his speech, Lee also noted that his win came in February, “which also happens to be the shortest month of the year, which also happens to be Black History month.”

And he described how he and his ancestors had worked to overcome the legacy of slavery in the U.S. “Our ancestors were stolen from Mother Africa and bought to Jamestown, Virginia, enslaved. Our ancestors worked the land from can’t see in the morning to can’t see at night,” he said.

“My grandmother, Zimmie Shelton Retha, who lived to be 100 years young, who was a Spelman College graduate even though her mother was a slave,” he said. “My grandmother who saved 50 years of Social Security checks to put her first grandchild — she called me Spikie-poo — she put me through Morehouse College and NYU grad film.”

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“Before the world tonight, I give praise to our ancestors who have built this country into what it is today along with the genocide of its native people,” he said. “We all connect with our ancestors. We will have love and wisdom regained, we will regain our humanity.”

Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all, when doing his racist hit on your President, who has done more for African Americans (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts,etc.) than almost any other Pres!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2019

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