Not everyone is anti-gentrification when it comes to Spike Lee’s beloved Brooklyn. Spike Lee made headlines in February when he compared the gentrification in Brooklyn to Christopher Columbus. But not everyone sees it that way.
The first Brooklyn resident to speak out against Lee’s rant, was actor Anthony Mackie. “I live in Brooklyn. My address is in Brooklyn. I have two restaurants in Brooklyn. I don’t have a problem with gentrification. The people [who] want to live in Brooklyn, move to Brooklyn.” Mackie added: “Some people might say when Spike moved to Manhattan, that was a type of reverse gentrification. As your tax brackets changes, I guess your zip code changes.”
Now another actor is speaking out against Lee.
Michael Rapaport, who starred in Lee’s “Bamboozled”, thinks Brooklyn got better after gentrification.
In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Rapaport had this to say:
“I mean, Spike lives on the Upper East Side. If the people that donated money to Spike Lee’s last film saw the apartment that he lives in, they’d bug out. So I don’t know what he’s talking about,” the actor said.
“Brooklyn got better. And he’s making money off the fact that it got better,” he added.
It’s interesting that people want to bring up the fact that Lee lives in a Manhattan apartment, but forget the fact that he still has a home in Brooklyn and was raised there.
I’m going to need Remy from “Higher Learning”, to learn a little bit more about gentrification before trying to criticism where someone currently lives.