Refusing to call Donald Trump by name, Spike Lee on Tuesday damned the USA president, repeatedly calling him a "mother-fucker" right at the beginning of the Cannes press conference for his new film BlacKkKlansman.
Lee's new film, BlacKkKlansman, is adapted from the memoir of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer who infiltrated a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s by using a white double.
Lee's comments about Heyer and the Charlottesville formed the start of what turned into a five-minute monologue, during which he discussed Donald Trump - "I'm not gonna say his fucking name" - and hatred, both in the United States and around the world.
The director called Trump's response a "defining moment" for America.
"We look to our leaders to give us direction, to make moral decisions, and I like to say this is not just something that pertains to the United States of America, this bulls-t is going all over the world ..."
Spike Lee is known to say it like he means it and at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday (May 14), it was no different. The movie is also dedicated to Heather Heyer, a woman who was killed during a march against white supremacy by a man who drove his auto into the crowd.
"We have to wake up". It's not black, white, or brown.
Lee included the footage of the auto plowing through the crowd in his film, but said that he first called up Heyer's mother to ask for her permission. "We all live on this planet".
The film has gone down well with critics at Cannes.
As he basked in a six-minute-long standing ovation, Lee flashed the "Love" and "Hate" knuckle-dusters worn by Radio Raheem in his 1989 hit "Do the Right Thing" at the cameras.
"Lee's latest is as much a compelling black empowerment story as it is an electrifying commentary on the problems of African-American representation across more than a century of cinema", Variety said.
"I knew that this had to be the coda for the film, but I had to do something first", he said. The film is produced by Get Out's Jordan Peele and Focus Features will release the film in August, the one-year anniversary of Charlottesville's white supremacy rally.