NEW YORK (AP) — Instead of going to the Academy Awards, Spike Lee has other plans: "I'm going to the Knick game," he said Wednesday on "Good Morning America."
Lee gave his first interview after announcing Monday that he would not go to this year's Oscar ceremony because of pervasive diversity problems in the movie industry. Lee clarified that he never used the word "boycott," but he's simply not going despite being this year's honorary lifetime achievement honoree.
Lee reiterated that he believes the larger issue is Hollywood's hiring practices, saying the focus on the Oscars "is a misdirection play."
Instead, he argued for a version of the NFL's Rooney Rule, which stipulated that a minority coach must be interviewed for any head coaching vacancy.