Spike Lee’s been griftin’ for the NYPD; #wth?
@CharlieMBrownX “Armed pigs paid #SpikeLee $200,000 to calm Black people down at the same damn time he was supposedly speaking out against their corruption & brutality.” #Copaganda
“The department tapped the “Do the Right Thing” director in 2016 as a consultant for the campaign, a spokesman for the department’s nonprofit New York City Police Foundation confirmed Thursday.
The contract with Lee’s advertising firm, Spike DDB, was for $219,113 — which was paid for by the Police Foundation.
“The Foundation approached and consulted several creative teams including the Spike DDB agency to help develop a public awareness campaign that would aim to strengthen the partnership between the NYPD and the communities it serves,” said spokesman Brady Littlefield. “We received tremendous input and ideas, and that process ultimately resulted in last spring’s neighborhood policing ad campaign.”
The partnership was revealed in the Police Foundation’s most recent tax filing covering some of 2016 and 2017.”
Whoever did the diggin’, nice catch! (if depressing)
“In 2014, Lee — a frequent fixture at Black Lives Matter rallies — created a mashup of clips from his critically acclaimed movie “Do the Right Thing” and footage from Eric Garner’s chokehold death.
In the 1989 movie, Lee’s character Radio Raheem, a black man, is choked to death by NYPD officers, inciting race riots.
“Radio Raheem And The Gentle Giant,” Lee captioned a screenshot of his video, which he linked to from his Instagram account.”
This one’s easier to see:
#Copaganda on Twitter also featured
“Ice Cube and Ice T performing frequently as “good” cops in movies and tv is definitely worth examining as crucial #Copaganda, given their key associations with “Fuck the Police” and “Cop Killer” respectively. It’s like the apotheosis of the media practice.”
In his August 17, 2018 review of Spike’s latest film, Blackkklansman: Spike Lee Delivers a Masterpiece’ Andrew Stewart at CP.
His final paragraph is:
“As a response to this film Boots Riley has come out with a critique of the picture, which he says [is] a defending the police-industrial complex. I would disagree with him. I think the film ends in a way that demonstrates, despite attempted reforms by “good cops” like Stallworth, there’s no hope for such efforts. I could be wrong and I respect Riley as an artist enough to respect his opinion. But I would also suggest the film merits watching to allow the viewer to decide.”
Also see Café coverage of commie hip-hop rapper Boots Riley’s new film ‘Sorry to bother you’.
And yes, Boots on Twitter: ‘Ok. Here are some thoughts on #Blackkklansman. Contains spoilers, so don’t read it if you haven’t seen it and you don’t wanna spoil it.’
I can’t read it, but he’d advised ‘downloading it’ (perhaps clicking it to make it stand alone?) or using zoom (control+, I reckon) to read when peeps asked him below his Tweet. other examples:
francis fukushima @iphoneavocado Aug 17:
“#copaganda reverses “innocent until proven guilty” by reinforcing the conditioned bias that cops are the good guys, and so their account starts out as the truth, and has to be disproved in order for an accused person to be seen as innocent”
OLAASM on Twitter has a whole lot more.
(cross-posted from Café Babylon)