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Apparently The Fat Lady Hasn’t Sung Yet; Michael Rapaport Gets Personal in Spike Lee Rant

Apparently The Fat Lady Hasn't Sung Yet; Michael Rapaport Gets Personal in Spike Lee Rant

I thought this *contest* was long dead.

You’ll recall the very public gentrification debate that Spike Lee found himself at the center of, earlier this year, when he faced push-back from other Brooklynites in the film industry, like Anthony Mackie and Michael Rapaport.

I must have missed the moment when things got this personal. It’s been about 5 months since the first alarm went off, but, obviously, punches are still being thrown, as the debate seemingly moves beyond the original gentrification topic, and into filmmaking prowess, celebrity crowdfunding campaigns, with some name-calling (Rapaport calls Spike a “shit stain” for example) to pepper things up even further. 

I should mention that Rapaport did co-star in Spike’s “Bamboozled” 14 years ago – I believe it’s the only time that the two worked together. 

Or maybe it’s all just part of Spike’s pre-release marketing campaign for his upcoming “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.”

By the way, last I checked, gentrification is still alive and well.

The below aired earlier today on Huffington Post Live.

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A group of people choosing to move back and forth over decades and getting favorable bank and city government treatment to do so – is way different than a group of people being pushed/priced out of an area.

Those of us who chose to live in African diasporic neighborhoods don't even have that option anymore – not in NYC.

Dankwa Brooks

Wow! Shit got real ugly didn't it?

I too thought they BOTH had good points, but it's unfortunate that they both had to start slandering each other.

Spike is right though. What's going to happen to the displaced? Rapaport is also right about lots of people are being displaced not just black people, but HERE'S THE DIFFERENCE. If white people get displaced from Manhattan they gonna be ok. Meaning they'll find another place to move with ease. Where are the black people going to move? Places like HOWARD BEACH? I don't think so. F*ck what you heard about a "post racial America", discrimination exists on personal and corporate levels.

And I'm not even going to talk about the DISPLACED CULTURE. What happens to all the cool black shops, restaurants and entertainment spaces?

Personal viewpoints of gentrification can be untenable, but it's sad to see two artists fight publicly and not be able to have a lively discussion without it getting…live.


Mikey-mike is just reinacting a poor approximation of his charactor in "Bamboozled", so he needs to sit his Wigga Ass Down!…


On the real, Spike got the hell out of Brooklyn and moved to the whitest neighborhood in Manhattan and his children no doubt went to private school. So his opinion is going to appear disingenuous even if his facts are correct. The man has no filter and shoots his mouth off without thinking or concern to how his rants will be taken.


Haha! They're both so New York. I think they BOTH make good points. Michael's right in saying everything changes at some point and Spike is correct in recognizing that gentrification often displaces the working class and poor. So what's the answer? I'll say this… I worked in real estate years ago and it always annoyed me that when neighborhoods had "promise," no one in the hood bothered to own or invest when everything is DIRT CHEAP. Yet, as soon as a major company (usually white-owned) decides to come into these hoods, everybody suddenly cries foul. Why does it take "outsiders" to get folks to value their hoods? Always been perplexed about this. Pittsburgh is an example of this.


"I'm not an expert on this issue." Then why the f@ck are you commenting?

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