Spike Lee Showed Up To The BET Awards Looking Like Willy Wonka And Twitter Had A Field Day

Last night’s 2016 BET awards were pretty legendary. The event, which was held at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, included a stunning performance by Beyoncé, a mind-blowing Prince tribute by Jennifer Hudson, and some hilarious hosting by Black-ish stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson. Perhaps most notably, Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams gave an acceptance speech about the state of race in America that left most of the audience in tears. After thanking his family and friends and fans, Williams paid tribute to black women (as they are arguably the most marginalized members of society and the least appreciated), discussed the rampant violence against people of color, and addressed the appropriation of black culture in the entertainment industry. 

But, of course, Twitter was only interested in talking about the fact that Spike Lee showed up dressed like Willy Wonka. 


The famed filmmaker donned a purple top hat, jacket, and tie that would have made Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl proud. 

There was the obvious question of who rocked the Wonka suit better.

…There’s really no contest. Spike Lee, all the way. 

Frankly, the look suited him. 

Was he hinting at a new career move?

And, we must admit, the title of the book / movie would sound a lot better with Lee’s name in it. 

And all the songs sound better, too. 

…Fingers crossed for a remake!

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