Spike Lee and Michael Rapaport Clash Over Gentrification

Spike Lee and Michael Rapaport Clash Over Gentrification

If Michael Rapaport was trying to enrage filmmaker Spike Lee, he definitely achieved his goal.

When asked about Spike Lee’s comments regarding Brooklyn’s gentrification last month, Rapaport made it clear he didn’t quite agree. “Neighborhoods change. Life changes. Spike Lee, you know, went from being a Knicks fan in the blue seats… people evolve, things evolve, they get better.” He went on to say that Spike Lee doesn’t even reside in Brooklyn. “He lives in the Upper East 60s, that ain’t Brooklyn. That’s an exclusive neighborhood.”

Spike Lee, never one to let what he perceives as an insult slide by, shared his thoughts on the situation in an interview with Huff Post Live yesterday. “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 afford to live in Clinton Hill.” Lee didn’t stop there. After calling Rapaport stupid, he went on to say, “He’s not even a good filmmaker, so I don’t know what he’s talking about.”

Shots fired! Rapaport better not step foot on the Upper East Side. He may get got.

[h/t Complex]