Spike Lee is re-editing the final episode of his “NYC Epicenters: 9/11-2021½” docuseries after being asked why he included the views of conspiracy theorists in the segment.
The episode has not yet aired, but media members who saw the original cut, including a The New York Times writer who interviewed the Oscar-winning director, had concerns about the dubious claims put forth by so-called “truthers”.
While Lee told The New York Times he shares some of the same doubts as the conspiracy group Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth -such as the idea that jet fuel alone was not enough to cause the collapse of the World Trade Center towers – he has decided to re-edit the episode.
“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 Judgment Until You See The FINAL CUT,” Lee said in a statement sent to Variety by HBO bosses on Wednesday (25Aug21).
The eight-part docuseries, which premiered on U.S. cable network HBO on Sunday, features more than 200 interviews conducted by the “Do the Right Thing” filmmaker, with eyewitnesses to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, including first responders, politicians and journalists.
The re-edited two-hour final episode will air on September 11, the 20th anniversary of 9/11.