Spike Lee isn’t backing down from his bold stance against gentrification in New York City.
The filmmaker and New York native made headlines in February when he ranted about the dangers of gentrification in historically black neighborhoods. During a speaking engagement at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, Lee lashed out at an audience member who asked about “the other side” of the gentrification debate. “You can’t just come in when people have a culture that’s been laid down for generations and you come in and now shit gotta change because you’re here? Get the fuck outta here,” Lee told the crowd.
Lee doubled down on his comments during a HuffPost Live interview on Monday about the 25th anniversary of his film “Do The Right Thing,” when he responded to one of his fiercest critics in the gentrification debate, filmmaker Michael Rapaport.
HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill played Rapaport’s words for Spike, and Spike exploded:
“First of all, motherf**king Rapaport doesn’t know what he’s fucking talking about. Here’s the thing … what Michael Rapaport left out because he’s stupid, he did not talk about the people who can no longer afford to live in Williamsburg, who can no longer afford to live in Fort Greene, who can no longer accord to live in Clinton Hill.”
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