Spike Lee on the Hot Seat: Re-editing 9/11 Documentary After Including Conspiracy Theories About World Trade Center

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Spike Lee is on the hot seat.

After spouting conspiracy theories about how the World Trade Center buildings fell on 9/11, Spike is re-editing the fourth episode of his documentary called “NYC Epicenters: 9/11-2021½.”

Through HBO Spike says: “I’m Back In The Editing Room And Looking At The Eighth And Final Chapter Of ‘NYC EPICENTERS 9/11-2021½.’ I Respectfully Ask You To Hold Your Judgement Until You See The FINAL CUT.”

Lee told the New York Times in an article: “The amount of heat that it takes to make steel melt, that temperature’s not reached. 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. 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.”

It turns out the fourth episode of the docu-series featured interviewed with other conspiracy theorists and a group called Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Presumably Warner Media, HBO’s parent, caught wind of this and asked for changes– to facts and not just crazy theories that are unsubstantiated.

If that’s the case, good for them. HBO documentaries since the exit of Sheila Nevins have included far out series like “Allen v. Farrow” and “Leaving Neverland” which have broken conventional documentary rules to include speculation and one sided allegations. Even their recent “Tina Turner” doc was kind of a mess. All we need is a 9/11 anniversary film that questions whether the US didn’t take down the WTC buildings, or some other nonsense.



Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive,” a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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