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.
— #KerrBeach2k16 (@KingSeun3) June 27, 2016
There was the obvious question of who rocked the Wonka suit better.
— Billy D. (@4nalyst) June 27, 2016
…There’s really no contest. Spike Lee, all the way.
Frankly, the look suited him.
— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) June 27, 2016
Was he hinting at a new career move?
? woodmeat: SPIKE LEE LOOK LIKE HE BOUT TO DROP THE HOTTEST CANDY BAR OF 2016 https://t.co/IFYQc5FecK
— IG TheTalentedMrWes (@ikariusrising) June 27, 2016
Spike Lee bout to say “Look under your chairs for the Golden Ticket”.
— OXTAIL GAWD (@ThatDudeMCFLY) June 27, 2016
And, we must admit, the title of the book / movie would sound a lot better with Lee’s name in it.
Spike Lee & the Chocolate Factory ??? pic.twitter.com/npYSvkmOZT
— Futuristic™ (@OnlyFuturistic) June 27, 2016
And all the songs sound better, too.
Oompa.. Loompa.. Oompady Dee.. If you were wise you’d be like Spike Lee ?? pic.twitter.com/ILwmaet4oT
— King of the Jungle (@SimbaENT) June 27, 2016
…Fingers crossed for a remake!