Speaking onGood Morning Americaon Wednesday, Spike Lee explained that he has no intention of leading a boycott against the Oscars. The legendary director, who is upset over the lack of diversity within the nominations, is simply not attending.
"I have never used the word 'boycott,'" Lee told George Stephanopoulos. "I'm not going. My wife's not going. Everyone else can do what they want to do."
On Monday, Lee shared that he didn't plan on attending the ceremony after the Academy failed to nominate a single person of color for an acting award for the second consecutive year. However, Lee, who said he has tickets to a New York Knicks game the night of the ceremony, doesn't disparage those who still plan to attend the show or Chris Rock for hosting the awards.
"This whole Academy thing is a misdirection play," Lee said, explaining the fault lies within the studio system. "We are not in the room... when they have these green-light meetings, quarterly, where they look at the scripts, they look at who's in it, and they decide what we're making, and what we're not making."
Watch Lee's full interview below.