Spike Lee Explains His ‘Mother-Effing’ Gentrification Rant on Live TV

Thu, February 27, 2014 3:25pm EDT by 8 Comments
Spike Lee Gentrification
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Filmmaker Spike Lee leads an expletive-filled rant on a college campus, taking aim at gentrification in New York City. Did he go too far?

The Pratt Institute invited Spike Lee to their campus on Tuesday night to speak about Black History Month. Little did they know, they’d be getting a big gentrification debate filled with lots of little dirty words! Read ahead to see Spike’s tirade — and how he explained himself to Anderson Cooper!

Spike Lee Goes On Expletive-Filled Gentrification Tirade

Spike Lee visited the Pratt Institute to give a lecture, in honor of Black History Month, shocking audience-goers with more F-bombs than A-listers in Hollywood.

The New York-raised filmmaker, whose parents still live in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, bashed on inner-city gentrification, blaming the influx of white inhabitants for the improvement of formerly run-down areas, which he has a problem with because, “When you move into a neighborhood, [you should] have some respect for the history, for the culture.”

When an audience member asked Spike to comment on the other side of the debate, he replied, “Let me just kill you right now.”

See what else Spike had to say in his racism-fueled lecture:

“Why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the South Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better? The garbage wasn’t picked up every mother******* day when I was living in 165 Washington Park.”

“You can’t just come in the neighborhood and start bogarting and say, like you’re mother******* Columbus and kill off the Native Americans.”

“Have you seen Fort Greene Park in the morning? It’s like the mother******* Westminster Dog Show.”

Spike Lee Explains Himself On ‘Anderson Cooper 360′

Spike took to Anderson Cooper 360 to explain himself this morning, and he’s not taking anything back. “People get displaced,” Spike said live on CNN. “The black population of New York City has declined. The Hispanic, Puerto Rican and Dominican population of New York City has declined.”

Spike, who previously listed his Upper East Side apartment for the affordable price of $32 million, added, “It’s about having affordable housing so people, whoever they are, can live in New York City.”

Do you agree with Spike, HollywoodLifers, or did he go too far? Let us know in the comments!

– Elizabeth Wagmeister

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lisa

Posted at 1:47 PM on March 1, 2014  

And they wonder why people STILL DON’T LIKE BLACK PEOPLE! Him and Kanye need to shut the F*CK UP!

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mac

Posted at 4:32 PM on April 28, 2014  

we dont like you guys either. feelings are mutual trust me! we didnt ask to come here, we were kings and queens back in africa unitl you white people came… just saying……. learn your history!!!

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Linda Smith (@LindaSm87182426)

Posted at 6:27 PM on February 28, 2014  

He’s full of hate and an intolerant jerk, plain and simple

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ceemonster3

Posted at 11:42 PM on February 27, 2014  

Spike moved out of Brooklyn because Brooklyn just wasn’t FABULOUS enough for his WIFE, the corporate attorney (now, er, an “author”). it just didn’t have enough upscale AMENITIES and prep-quality SCHOOLS to meet her STANDARDS. brooklyn was BENEATH spike’s wife–nothing but the luxe sections of MANHATTAN was up to her REQUIREMENTS. and spike left for the UPPER EAST SIDE, without a backward glance.

look it up. the facts are out there.

he is SO dishonest, and SUCH a hypocrite!

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Ice

Posted at 9:18 PM on February 27, 2014  

He runs his mouth a lot but he’s not smart enough to enter the debate about gentrification!

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Kiki

Posted at 4:02 PM on February 27, 2014  

And the Dutch and Polish who were living in Brooklyn before the black community say
‘Back at you Mr Lee’

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jo

Posted at 3:50 PM on February 27, 2014  

Now that his movies suck, Spike tries to stay in the public eye with rants like this.
He attacked Tarrantino – and even Samuel L Jackson told him to STFU
Lee is just a caricature of one of his ‘Do The Right Thing’ characters (his last decent movie)

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jennifermvarney (@jennifermvarney)

Posted at 3:39 PM on February 27, 2014  

Just as Lois implied I’m shocked that a person able to earn $7362 in 1 month on the internet . go now ₩₩₩۔FISCALPEN.Ⅽ○♏

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