Spike Lee Goes IN On Obama: ‘I’m Not Tryin’ To Bash My Man, But…’

- By Bossip Staff

Spike Lee had some choice words for President Obama in his recent interview with GQ. He accused the President of mishandling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and pulled a race card we’ve never even heard of.

GQ asked Spike what he thought President Obama should have done differently to handle the oil spill. Lee said:

“Before this catastrophe, our president was in favor of offshore drilling. And when this thing happened, he backtracked real quick. [pauses] I don’t know why Obama ever trusted these BP guys! They would lie to their mothers. [Former BP CEO]Hayward does not give a f*ck. The thing we don’t talk about is that eleven Americans lost their lives and it took seven weeks to invite their families to the White House. I’m not trying to bash my man, but that’s a long time.”

Lee also blamed “environmental racism” for the slow response:

“If this oil spill would have reached the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard [where Spike summers], Cape Cod, that sh*t would have been fixed.” It’s this thing called environmental racism. Now, I have a summer home in Martha’s Vineyard, but I don’t got the political clout.”


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  • Say What!

    People are to have something to say when things aren’t going the way they “think” they should go. So spike sit down. And as far as the Hamptons and it being fix fast. Whatever it would have been fix in the same amount of time you just can’t stop a oil leak with a bathtub plug.

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  • UkFunky


    this is why i like spike he keeps it real.

    • Tracy Cousins

      no he don’t he just want something to b about, there’s a difference.

  • Don

    Bp is barrock biggest supporter .during his campaigne bp contributed millions into him becomming president.besides british petrolioum is owned by the mostpowerful woman in the world.queen elizabeth.who if u really look it up great britian still runs america.but thats a diferent story.stop blammkng barrock he isny running the country he is always on vacation.hiw could he address the oil spill..

    • SMH

      You folks keep bringing up the talking point about BP being Obama’s biggest supporter. NO ONE got more money from the oil compainies during the campaign then McCain and Palin and the Republican party gets almost three times more money then the Democrats.

      The thing I find suspect is that the one oil company Obama got more money from just so happened to be the oil company that the explosion happened? Obama got under a million dollars from BP workers (not BP the company itself) and got over $700 million in campaign donations, that million dollars isn’t sh*t in the bigger picture of things. Dont get me wrong Obama isn’t purfect, no one is, but some of this sh*t is starting to look like a set up.

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  • chaka1

    I liked Spikes documentary of Hurricane Katrina.

    As for this topic, I disagree with him 100%.

    • RAYRAY

      of course you do…because as we all know Katrina was Bush’s fault…but this disaster couldnt be blamed on Obama because he’s 1/2 black…GW hated black people..remember. Spike..sit down shut up…stop trying to be relevant.

    • ray ray

      The “response” to hurricane Katrina reflected Bush’s political philosophy, period. I, the real ray ray, however, agree with Spike Lee. There is clearly different responses to such disasters. I live and work in one of the wealthiest areas in the U.S. and know the difference. As for the troll called Ray Ray… well what can you say, smh.

  • Mrs. Rance

    Whatever. How exactly does he think it would have been fixed in Martha’s Vineyard and the Hamptons? It’s a catastrophe that isn’t easy to fix. But he has the right to say what he’s saying. Barack signed on for this heat when he took the job. In my opinion he’s doing a good job. Sometimes you have to change your position. You can’t stand on something that is no longer viable.

    • DeeDee

      Thank You, well said!

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  • peter illyich

    @mrs Rance

    I agree 100% with everything you wrote. Spike sometimes likes the sound of his own voice. It didnt matter where that oil spill was, to plug it must have been a nightmare. The pipe was 5000 feet down in pitch black water. Tell me Spike how would they have fixed that any quicker in the Hamptons ?

  • http://unlimitedwhispers.com Deirdre B Pride

    Why would he invite them there while the tragedy was still fresh. Families walking around the White House crying? Not this one Spike. I got you on most things, but not this one.

  • Grammar School

    @peter illyich

    What does 5000 ft down in pitch black water have to do with anything? What, it takes a long time to get to that depth of water and it’s hard to see? GTFOH. That’s a lame excuse.

    It’s was a nightmare, but this could have been handled more efficiently on BP’s end. They didnt follow protocol and thats why this blast happened in the first place. I agree with Spike. Let a catastrophe like an crazy earthquake hit Hollywood and then compare the relief efforts to that of Katrina in New Orleans. I bet your eyes would open up then… Spike is right.

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    Spike Lee is REAL and the realist co-signs this..

    Obama was created by the CIA – his father was a CIA agent from Kenya – and his mother was also a CIA agent – so was his maternal grandfather…

    I wasn’t really surprised when the BP thing happened because the QUEEN OF ENGLAND still run you mu.tha.f*ckers – y’all still pay her TAXES..

  • Princess07

    I am so sick of folks talking about what President Obama shudda, woulda,coulda done. Spike if you have all the answers, then why didn’t your butt run for President? From all the drama and Republician crap, I think the President is doing a damn good job.

    I agree with one poster. You can’t fix it with a bathtub plug.

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  • BlaqProgressive

    OT: Folks now it seems “WE” have to be careful in what we wear out the house. A black man wearing UNDER ARMOR gear was almost beat down by a mob of anti- muslim Tea Biggots in downtown Manhattan yesterday- cops had to escort him away. They thought his Under Armor cap and sweat shirt was Muslim garb and what makes it scary is that the brother is NOT Muslim.

  • Paul J

    Spike is a dummy. There has nothing to do with racism. This problem couldn’t get fixed. BP had a HUGE incentive to get it fixed ASAP. Every second that oil is leaking they were losing money. To think they weren’t in a hurry to fix it because of location is just straight idiotic.

    • Sepia830

      You sound ridiculous. This is America…EVERYTHING has to do with race and this is no exception.

      People need to stop harping on the mess Bush created. Obama campaigned on the promise that he could right all of Bush’s wrongs. Fine, now he needs to make good on what he said. I praise him for health care reform and for trying to get these credit card companies in line, but he still has a lot of work to do if he wants to get my vote again in 2012.

    • SMH


      People will stop “harping on the mess Bush created” when all his messes are done being cleaned up, not two years after the man left office. Why dont you tell all the people’s families who lost their lives in that needless Iraq war to “stop harping”? Or the people who lost their loved ones on that oil rig because the government has been cutting corners so long and Cheney cut deals with the oil companies to “stop harping” or all the people who lost their jobs dur to the do-nothing economics over the previous decade that help speed our economy off a cliff to “stop harping”. Come on now, not everything is Bushs fault, it took decades to get us here, but for some of you to think Obama is supposed to come in and turn around decades of greed and ignorance in our country in just a few years is absolutely ridiculous. Hold Obama accountible, but stop slandering the man and start helping the man get this country out of the mess it created for itself. I guess people missed the memo when he said he would need everyones help to get this country back on track…all people have done since that man was elected is sit around staring at him and judging him all day because some Americans think thats their place in life to do so instead of getting off their lazy hypocritical @sses and helping.

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  • yuk

    Spike Lee has not been revelant for a minute. He made that statement so that he would get some attention.

  • Rolly

    I do not agree with Spike. Damn people need to stop acting like our Prez is a one man show with magic powers. Obama has always pulled for the best decision and will change position after gathering more facts. There’s nothing wrong with this. Obama has to try to fix the wreak of Regan/Bush garbage that has been in existance for the last 15 years! Tired of self serving azzholes being critical without realist solutions! Go sit the fuk down somewhere!!!

  • Mandella

    nothing wrong with Black people being criticizing each other. SPike has a mind of his own, and as such can use it. Just bec. Obama is black doesn’t preculude him from Black opinions.

    • BlaqProgressive

      I dont agree with Spike BUT he does have the right to voice his opinion about Obama’s handling of the situation. We black people should not be afraid to critize the President BUT many times our critique gets picked up by crooked media types and it is used as a weapon against the President. Words are twisted and the main idea is lost. For example one website has the headline: “Spike Lee Regrets Voting for Obama!” Spike never said that- as if Spike wished he had voted for McCain-Palin

  • Satire

    Ever since he went public with his disdain for Tyler Perry I lost respect for this character.

    His projects were always so race-conscious and he always seemed so down for the cause but the moment his career began to go south and another successful brotha came on the scene, he let it known that the green-eyed monster had him bad, so bad in fact that he was willing to speak ill of another black man, doing the same thing (but better) than’s he’s done most of his professional career. That was just foul and inexcusable.

    He should have been able to discuss his petty inadequacies with a loved one and spared the public how he really felt.

    • Sepia830

      hell, somebody needed to call n*ggas out on their support of Perry’s b.s. Spike’s work may be a little too deep for some black people, but his work is exceptional. His documentaries are well reseached and produced. Can’t say that about anything Perry has done.

  • ki-ki

    1) Unemployment is at 9.5%. 2) In the black community, its over 20%.

    3) We have a black man in the White House.

    4) Something is wrong…I agree with Spike this one time. We should call out Obama.

    • BlaqProgressive

      The stats dont lie but lets be real about it. Many jobs in our country have been outsourced way before Obama came into office and these jobs are NEVER coming back.

      Walk around your home and check the labels on all your clothes, appliances, dishes ect. I bet mostly everything you own is NOT made in the USA. That is what politics in America has done to jobs before Obama came along. A factory near my home town closed it doors for good after being in business for over 90 years last year- it made dishes. The factory had to close down because it could not compete with the cheap dishes/kitchenware made overseas and sold in stores like Walmart.

      What needs to be done is offer some sort of tax breaks for companies to move their production to America.

      And yes all these celebs who own clothing lines needs to move their production to America also- I understand the labor is cheaper outside of America. They need to step up to the plate and bring jobs/factories to the ‘hood’

    • ki-ki


      You are one of those negras who feel black people should shut up about Obama if its not positive. Sorry, but I blasted Bush and Clinton on many things AND I will blast Obama. Anytime you keep people like Larry Summers and Tim Geither (who are leftovers from Bush) in your WH, you deserve to be taken to task!

    • ki-ki


      I don’t care what you hate or what you say. And if you can read, no where did I say I expect Obama to do anything special for the black community, but I can’t ignore irony of what is going on. Whether you want to admit it or not, many black people voted for Obama simply because he is half black. Seeing how unemployment has risen in the black community since he took office, I hope many of us make sure Obama really work for our vote in 2012 because if he gets a challenge from another Democrat, I will support that person. Like I said, Obama is continuing many of the same Bush’s policies and he is employing many of the same Bush’s people. If he is not willing to change the status quo from the last administration, I will either keep my vote or vote for someone else! Good day!

    • PinkMe

      Kiki, ther’s no irony in the black unemployment rate being so high, it’s always been higher than other races. My opinion, it’s black people’s own fault! There’s too many black people walking around here like someone owes them something. I voted for Obama because in my opinion he was a better choice than John McCain, nothing to do with his skin. The Realist, I agree that things are put in place to keep black people down, “War on Drugs” blah, blah, blah, BUT that’s still no excuse! If we all know this, why don’t more people uplift themselves and their peers and stop talking about what the white man is doing because in case no one has noticed…he’s doing him!

    • Moka

      So, the unemployment of black men is his fault, too. Folks like you who want to blame everyone but the culprit kill me. Can he go out and fill out an application for all of them? How do you know that all of the unemployed are actively looking for a job? I drive through neighborhoods many a days during my break in early afternoon and see gangs of black men hanging out, chillin. You can’t help people who don’t wanna be helped.I voted for Obama and think he’s doing a good job and I don’t agree with everything he does; but seriously some of y’all need to think before you speak.


    He didn’t have to invite them at all,but he did. Obama didn’t cause the oil spill SPIKEY!

  • http://bossip Tiki Barber

    I dont give a F$%K !I dont care like George Bush dont care about black people Thats how little I care about this raggedy azz story. I`m out yo

    to a much more important blog of Ocho Cinco ruining his becky and dem show.

  • deelucious

    It’s easy to bash the president when you’re not him and you’re not doing the job that he’s doing. It’s easy to criticise when you’re on the outside looking in. No one is perfect and I’m sure they’re doing their best, at least a far better job than anyone I could think of right now.

    The thing with Spike Lee is because he’s somewhat respected in the Black community he believes that his opinions reflect those of the Black community and that has given him confidence to speak out on certain issues and it causes him sometimes look too deeply into things and draw a race related conclusion. So now with this confidence (perhaps over-confidence?) he is stating his opinions in the belief that many other Black people will agree with him.

    Well that’s just what I think. Of course I don’t know him personally or anything

  • http://undressingher.com undressingHER

    I have to agree with Spike on this one.

  • Jenene

    The fact that spill was preceded by the deaths of 11 people has been completely lost in this. BP is responsible for those deaths. We need to hold them accountable. It would have been cheaper to put in the stop-gap than to allow a tragedy to occur that they had no remedy for.

    Spike is absolutely right that Obama should have been more proactive with the families. That is just plain old common sense and protocol. It seems like this administration is always paying catch-up to doing the right thing. I love Obama, but blaming previous administations is only going to hold up for so long. It is time to start showing and proving.

    • http://bossip Tiki Barber

      @ JENENE

      Actually stop believing the hype Obama has done more sh*it than some presidents have done in two terms !

      This dude is sitting on achievements that are blazing !

      1) Health care reform

      2) Stimulus package save this economy from entering the depression.

      3) Got the credit card companies to stop ripping consumers.

      4) Wall street under control .

      This is the short list . I can go longer if you want me too.

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