Spike Lee says he believes 9/11 conspiracy theory: ‘I got questions’
Spike Lee is living up to his outspoken reputation by admitting that he believes some notorious 9/11 conspiracy theories while on the promotion trail for his new HBO documentary, "New York Epicenters: 9/11-2021½."
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Spike Lee is living up to his outspoken reputation again. The controversial filmmaker is dropping bombshell statements about 9/11 conspiracy theories while on the promotion trail for his new HBO documentary series, “New York Epicenters: 9/11-2021½.”
The “Do the Right Thing” director has admitted that he doesn’t buy into “official explanations” of the terrorist attacks that devastated the world on September 11, 2001, while speaking with the New York Times on Monday.
In addition to the usual talking heads — Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Chuck Schumer, front-line workers — the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s new four-part docu-series also features full-blown conspiracy theorists who perpetuate the notorious notion that jet fuel can’t melt metal beams.
Lee said he’s just fine with that: “I mean, I got questions — and I hope that maybe the legacy of this documentary is that Congress holds a hearing, a congressional hearing about 9/11.”
The incendiary remarks started when Times reporter Reggie Ugwu called Lee out for featuring several members of the conspiracy group Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth in his series, as its members have infamously suggested that government officials were somehow involved in the World Trade Center collapse.
“The amount of heat that it takes to make steel melt, that temperature’s not reached,” Lee said. “And then the juxtaposition of the way Building 7 fell to the ground — when you put it next to other building collapses that were demolitions, it’s like you’re looking at the same thing.”
He continued, “But people going to make up their own mind. My approach is put the information in the movie and let people decide for themselves. I respect the intelligence of the audience.”