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Spike Lee Hates That Brooklyn Has Been Bombarded By A Horde Of Hipsters! Read His Ridic Rant HERE!

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Attention hipsters who have flocked to Brooklyn like fruit flies to week-old pineapple:

Spike Lee is NOT a fan.

During a speaking engagement at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute last Tuesday, the proud New Yorker and legendary director was asked about how he feels gentrification has affected his old neighborhood.

Well, he was very nearly asked it, anyway. Before the question could even be uttered in its entirety, Spike had broken into a seven minute rant on gentrification, Brooklyn, race relations, and, yes, hipsters.

At one point the Crooklyn director blamed hipsters for driving up housing prices in certain neighborhoods, implying that it was essentially impossible for more legitimate residents to even live in these suddenly expensive places anymore.

Spike admitted:

"People wanna live in Clinton Hill. The Lower East Side, they move to Williamsburg, they can’t even afford f**kin’, motherf**kin’ Williamsburg now because of motherf**kin’ hipsters. What do they call Bushwick now? What’s the word?"

Sounds like a warning to hipsters in his 'hood!!

Hide your kids PBR, hide your wife non-prescription Buddy Holly glasses! He's looking for you, and he's gonna find you, LOLz!!

Spike did make several salient points about the serious issue of gentrification — you should read his entire statement (below)!

Here’s the thing: I grew up here in Fort Greene. I grew up here in New York. It’s changed. And 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 motherfuckin’ day when I was living in 165 Washington Park. P.S. 20 was not good. P.S. 11. Rothschild 294. The police weren’t around. When you see white mothers pushing their babies in strollers, three o’clock in the morning on 125th Street, that must tell you something.
[Audience member: And I don’t dispute that … ]
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. And even more. Let me kill you some more.
[Audience member: Can I talk about something?]
Not yet.
Then comes the motherfuckin’ Christopher Columbus Syndrome. You can’t discover this! We been here. You just can’t come and bogart. There were brothers playing motherfuckin’ African drums in Mount Morris Park for 40 years and now they can’t do it anymore because the new inhabitants said the drums are loud. My father’s a great jazz musician. He bought a house in nineteen-motherfuckin’-sixty-eight, and the motherfuckin’ people moved in last year and called the cops on my father. He’s not — he doesn’t even play electric bass! It’s acoustic! We bought the motherfuckin’ house in nineteen-sixty-motherfuckin’-eight and now you call the cops? In 2013? Get the fuck outta here!
Nah. You can’t do that. You can’t just come in the neighborhood and start bogarting and say, like you’re motherfuckin’ Columbus and kill off the Native Americans. Or what they do in Brazil, what they did to the indigenous people. You have to come with respect. There’s a code. There’s people.
You can’t just — here’s another thing: When Michael Jackson died they wanted to have a party for him in motherfuckin’ Fort Greene Park and all of a sudden the white people in Fort Greene said, “Wait a minute! We can’t have black people having a party for Michael Jackson to celebrate his life. Who’s coming to the neighborhood? They’re gonna leave lots of garbage.” Garbage? Have you seen Fort Greene Park in the morning? It’s like the motherfuckin’ Westminster Dog Show. There’s 20,000 dogs running around. Whoa. So we had to move it to Prospect Park!
I mean, they just move in the neighborhood. You just can’t come in the neighborhood. I’m for democracy and letting everybody live but you gotta have some respect. 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. Can’t do that!
And then! [to audience member] Whoa whoa whoa. And then! So you’re talking about the people’s property change? But what about the people who are renting? They can’t afford it anymore! You can’t afford it. People want live in Fort Greene. People wanna live in Clinton Hill. The Lower East Side, they move to Williamsburg, they can’t even afford fuckin’, motherfuckin’ Williamsburg now because of motherfuckin’ hipsters. What do they call Bushwick now? What’s the word? [Audience: East Williamsburg]
That’s another thing: Motherfuckin’… These real estate motherfuckers are changing names! Stuyvestant Heights? 110th to 125th, there’s another name for Harlem. What is it? What? What is it? No, no, not Morningside Heights. There’s a new one. [Audience: SpaHa] What the fuck is that? How you changin’ names?
And we had the crystal ball, motherfuckin’ Do the Right Thing with John Savage’s character, when he rolled his bike over Buggin’ Out’s sneaker. I wrote that script in 1988. He was the first one. How you walking around Brooklyn with a Larry Bird jersey on? You can’t do that. Not in Bed Stuy.
So, look, you might say, “Well, there’s more police protection. The public schools are better.” Why are the public schools better? First of all, everybody can’t afford — even if you have money it’s still hard to get your kids into private school. Everybody wants to go to Saint Ann’s — you can’t get into Saint Ann’s. You can’t get into Friends. What’s the other one? In Brooklyn Heights. Packer. If you can’t get your child into there … It’s crazy. There’s a business now where people — you pay — people don’t even have kids yet and they’re taking this course about how to get your kid into private school. I’m not lying! If you can’t get your kid into private school and you’re white here, what’s the next best thing? All right, now we’re gonna go to public schools.
So, why did it take this great influx of white people to get the schools better? Why’s there more police protection in Bed Stuy and Harlem now? Why’s the garbage getting picked up more regularly? We been here!
All right, go ahead. Let’s see you come back to that.

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20 comments to “Spike Lee Hates That Brooklyn Has Been Bombarded By A Horde Of Hipsters! Read His Ridic Rant HERE!”

  1. 1

    No it's not a "ridic" rant. How dare these people move into places, erase entire cultures, and change the names of towns and neighborhoods just because they don't want to appear to living in what used to be impoverished neighborhoods. Where were the fucking police, and good hospitals, and merchants, clean parks when it was ghett? now that it's all white there is a plethora of community services available that wasn't offered to minorities before. How fuckign racist is that?

  2. Juice says – reply to this


    Of course this news is like two weeks old. Has Perez been hibernating?

  3. bTeri says – reply to this


    Notice Spike Lee didnt complain when he sold his house in Brooklyn and made an INSANE PROFIT because the neighborhood improved so much. Didnt complain about the extra profit did he?

  4. TB says – reply to this


    It happens both ways…Other cultures move in to neighborhoods and don't take care of things, don't raise their children to respect the property of others and end up lowering the property value by trashing the area.

  5. Christina says – reply to this


    I'm finally someone said it! I love in oakland and it's the same thing! They say it's "up and coming" wtf. White people
    Always think they have discovered shit. Fuck off.

  6. Sun says – reply to this


    Re: bTeri – please you must be brain dead if you think Spike Lee needs that money.

  7. Jorge says – reply to this


    Umm, newsflash. People come into prodominantly white neighborhoods and trash them, turn them into ghettos, and lower property taxes all the time. DOUBLE STANDARD. And if I'm not mistaken, Brooklyn was originally a white neighborhood when it was first incorporated. Fuck him, he is just as racist as the people he complains about.

  8. @v@ says – reply to this


    It's a good rant, and I feel his pain but it's about change, and change since the sixties has happened EVERYWHERE, to all colors, and it pokes everyone who's lived somewhere for a long time the same way. Prices have gone up everywhere. It's more expensive for all colors, and that dollar isn't any easier to get to go along with it. Higher taxes means more garbage pickup. This isn't about whites, it's about change. There's just as many things people could do in the old predominantly white neighborhoods (that aren't just white anymore either, btw) that you can't do now and that people phone on you about.
    I hear him, I see it, and I understand it…but it ain't just them, you know.

  9. @v@ says – reply to this


    Everyone's trying to find their own little slice of heaven to move to. Good luck in 2014 if you find it. Usually if you do it's by accident, and eventually change comes and messes with it all if you're there long enough.

  10. 10

    It happens both ways… What about Little Italy? It used to be huge and now Chinatown has taken over and its trashed.

  11. John says – reply to this


    Who cares what this monkey has to say…

  12. MTV says – reply to this


    Because now the neighborhoods have TAX PAYING residents. Back in spike lee days they were all on welfare section 8.

  13. Chrismer says – reply to this


    Re: MTV – How ignnorant can spike Lee be? It all boils down to a simple calculaRe: MTV – tion. More money…snow gets plowed…positive police protection. Believe me he knows this to be fact!!!! But keep in mind this is a man who makes a killing $$$$ on keeping the man down with no hope of a better life or future.

  14. canada says – reply to this


    Re: pollopicu – it's called social / economical change! You don't think people have moved in to good neighbourhoods and trashed them and brought property values, standards, etc extremely down? The whole race thing is so irrelevant. people like spike lee are the reason racism is still alive today.

  15. TWang says – reply to this


    Hes a business man, im surprised how disappointing this argument is.. Its always the "race" card with this guy, at least if you're going there back it up (they were offered 1 mill!)

  16. 16

    A rant by the man who high tailed it out of that neighborhood the minute he made a buck
    Racist and hypocritical
    That's what Shelton is
    Unfortunately the media gives him a platform
    Remember he gave out the wrong address for George Zimmerman and put innocent people in harms way
    Pompous Ass

  17. 17

    So he's mad at the people buying the property instead of the people who are selling it, sounds about right. Was he mad when the Jews and Italians were pushed out of those same neighborhoods? Is he mad that the same thing is happening in the Polish neighborhoods? Nothing in this country is ever a big deal until it happens to black people, then the whole country must be in uproar and riot. I love how a lot of black people claim white people are so racist yet they don't want whites in their neighborhoods.

  18. SG says – reply to this


    Leave it up to a black person to complain that white people are moving into the neighborhood and cleaning it up! Because if its left up to them, theyd live in garbage just like they all do now. And the blacks didnt discover brooklyn. They kicked out all of the italians and jews and irish that were living there. They didnt wanna live in the same town as those blacks because they were nothin but degenerates causing problems. So he needs to shut the fuck up and realize that shit changes, nothin can stay the same like it was back in 196motherfuckin8. As soon as he made a fuckin buck he ran outta that ghetto so fast. I cant stand that fuckin guy.

  19. krtmom says – reply to this


    He's a fucking racist idiot!!!

  20. JtmC says – reply to this


    High wages pay high taxes. High taxes pay for public schools, police and street cleaning. If you pay high taxes you demand these services. Some of us "hipsters" are black. Spike Lee just became an old man, with old viewpoints.