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

Thu, February 27, 2014 3:25pm EDT by 8 Comments
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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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