It’s election year and celebrities are voicing their opinions. Director Spike Lee spoke with Vulture about his opinions on President Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Lee is one of Obama’s biggest supporters. He even hosted a benefit for the President at his house. However, as much as he loves Obama, he thinks that the election this year will be a close one. He said, “It is going to be tooth and nail, and I think it is going to get nasty.”
He also believes that it will come down to Obama and Romney’s religion. “They got a tough decision: Obama or a Mormon. Their beliefs got them between a rock and a hard place.” When asked about his opinion on Romney, Spike said that he met Romney at Reagan National Airport a few years ago. He exchanged hellos with the candidate. “He said, ‘What’s up, Spike?’ and I said, ‘What’s happening, Mitt?’ We were in line getting something to eat. So I said what’s up and shook hands.” Earlier this year, Spike publicly criticized Mitt for being unable to “hang” with the President.
Spike Lee then recalls the 2008 election. He points out how no one in America ever though that we would have a black president. “This was the epitome of how great we are as a country, and the world saw that.” But he thinks that people were naïve thinking that just because Obama was elected president, racism was eradicated from America.
Although he would like to see Obama win again, he does not believe there will be another black president if Obama loses. “I will be dead before it happens.”
Despite his personal opinions on the election, you can bet Spike Lee and other celebrities will use their celebrity status to encourage people to vote!