Spike Lee isn’t biting his tongue when it comes to recent criticism he’s received about his gentrification comments. In February, Lee made headlines when he expressed his opinion about gentrification in historically black neighborhoods during a speaking engagement at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. “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.
After making those comments, other people came to the defense of gentrification. Actor and director Michael Rapaport was the most recent person who took issues with Lees comments. As with others, he cited the fact that Lee doesn’t even live in Brooklyn any more, which seems to be the go-to rebuttal. During a recent HuffPost Live interview, Lee fired back at Rapaport:
On Michael Rapaport:
Lee: “First of all, motherfucking 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.”
Lee: “So should Jay Z stop rapping about Brooklyn? When was the last time Jay Z lived in the Washington Projects? So from now on Jay Z can’t have any mention of Brooklyn? That is so ignorant that because I live on the Upper East Side — that’s fucking bullshit.”
Lee: “Look, he’s not even a good filmmaker, first of all. He’s not even a good filmmaker. He’s not even a good filmmaker, so I don’t know what he’s talking about. I could live on the moon, Brooklyn is still going to be inside of me.”
Take a look at the interview below: