Posted in music on February 26, 2014

Spike Lee

"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]" - Spike Lee
Listen to Spike Lee say that and much more like it at Pratt last night, below...

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(via Gothamist/NY Mag)

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Comments (161)

Hi, I'm a motherfucking hipster. When I was a kid I saw Spike Lee's movies and said to myself, that hood doesn't look so bad, real inclusive and affordable, and one day I totally want to live there! And the rest, as they say, is ...

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 10:33 PM

he's a tool - but in this instance, he's correct

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 10:36 PM

this fucking idiot remade oldboy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 10:37 PM

Props to BV for finding the most hipster-looking Spike Lee pic, ah the irony

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 10:38 PM

spike can shut it. he lives in a 30 million dollar mansion.

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/spike-lee-kickstarter-campaign-574321

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 10:40 PM

It's weird, if a white director talked about his neighborhood, saying black people moved into houses on my block and changed the way I lived with their music and their ways, it would be very much considered racist.

Or how the black people in the once white neighborhood wouldn't let white people hold a ceremony for Pete Seeger.

Also Michael Jackson was an accused child molester. Some people might not want that in their park.

bb.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 10:47 PM

Spike Lee is the poor man's Woody Allen

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 10:55 PM

Hey I hate hipsters, but I'm not some motherfucking racist piece of shit that lives in some rarified 1% UES penthouse lecturing people about giving back and keepin' it real. Fuck Spike Lee.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 10:56 PM

I do think that black people are very much discriminated against in NY. And I do notice in black neighborhoods there are less garbage cans on ever corner, and city services are lacking but why don't they do something like stop it by voting out politicians that don't look out for their best interests in their neighborhood?

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 10:57 PM

I'm 10:56, and I misspoke (thank you 10:40). I said "penthouse", and I meant to say "motherfucking mansion (!!!!)"

as you were

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:00 PM

Voting out politicians that don't look out for their best interests in their neighborhood? It's done very well in Jewish and Chinese neighborhoods. Why not in black neighborhoods? All of the above are discriminated against in NY.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:00 PM

Spike Lee is not even from Brooklyn, or New York even. He can take that carp back to DC and go screw.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:03 PM

So who was Spike trying to reach with that Absolut Brooklyn shit they were trying to market? I'm guessing the original guys from the hood aren't big vodka drinkers. Probably not a lot of vodka tonics at the drum circle. This is a guy who left the neighborhood when he became successful, bought himself a mansion in one of the richest zip codes in the country, played a role in the branding and marketing of the so called new Brooklyn by participating in that idiotic Absolut promo, and now he is complaining about too many dogs in Fort Greene park?

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:06 PM

LIN$ANITY

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:07 PM

Spike is way off base. He took the soup! He is a multi millionaire and a fake. What a PR stunt. The areas he speaks of became slums after generations of European immigrants left in the 1940s after the war. They lived, worked and raised their families in these wonderful communities only to watch them fail when minorities moved in. The schools failed, business failed, these areas died by he hands of those who lived there. So I guess you want these areas of New York to stay slums? Wake up and be a man and call it what is. White people moving in is the best thing to happen to these areas in 40 years. Get out of the way and let people clean up the mess. I have a better idea, you buy all the once lovely houses that need to be renovated and fix them for all the people who need affordable places to live. What really prompted me to write this is your lack of reality.

Posted by Scott Johnson | February 26, 2014 11:08 PM

He makes me want to commit a hate crime

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:10 PM

^white people saved the day!

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:10 PM

Poor attempt at staying relevant by generating some cliche over-played controversy. Who cares? Why am I even writing this comment?

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:10 PM

Spike Lee was so on-point it's ridiculous. The post to the contrary on this site are making Spike's point for him.

Posted by Maurice Mitchell | February 26, 2014 11:10 PM

white people are the best...

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:13 PM

Spike's production company is on DeKalb in Fort Greene. Pay attention, kiddos ;-)

Posted by buster keaton | February 26, 2014 11:14 PM

FUCK SPIKE LEE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:15 PM

11:08

really way to go with a very simplistic,racist, generalized and childish way of looking at the issue. There's more to it than this, it's a way more complex social issue and you obviously don;t get any of it. To say you are a complete simpleton and not very bright and/or aware of the deeper issues at hand here is an understatement.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:16 PM

Spike needs to chill and have some hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:17 PM

"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"

Wait. so they want to live in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, but they move to Williamsburg and later on they find out they can't afford it? Who are these moronic "people" you speak of. They sound much worse than the hipsters who at least have a better sense of what they want and where to move to.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:18 PM

11:08... the generations you speak of did not 'watch their neighborhoods fail when the minorities moved in'. The minorities only moved in after those generations of families fled and moved away first and totally abandoned these neighborhoods with white flight to the Suburbs. It's not the minorities fault that the neighborhoods were abandoned paving the way for them to move in. Why don't you blame those generations of white people that walked away from their hoods in the first place, not the minorities that came after. Learn your history before you spout your ignorance.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:21 PM

People want to watch a comedy. People wanna watch an action flick. A drama, they watch a Spike Lee movie, and they realize it sucks and he's - what's the word? [Audience: the most overhyped talentless director ever!]

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:22 PM

"White people moving in is the best thing to happen to these areas in 40 years"

all depends on what kind of white people. As it is now it's the kind of white people that are destroying the soul of these neighborhoods and stripping NYC of any of it's former glory charm and vibrancy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:23 PM

"White people moving in is the best thing to happen to these areas in 40 years"

only if your rich.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:24 PM

"I'm so sick of hearing the poors whine. If the 'Natives' can't afford Brooklyn they should move or kill themselves. Problem solved."

idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:26 PM

I don't like Spike Lee but I agree with him .

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:27 PM

He should say that black leaders do a poor job of standing up for their people in NY.
No political clout. They get some politicians voted into office and then those politicians turn their back on them. That doesn't happen in Jewish and Chinese communities NY.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:28 PM

Fuck this black supremacist.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:29 PM

It's not just the fact that they are white people moving in to these previously non-white hoods, its that they are a brigade of non-local, privileged, attitude heavy, pretentious, effeminate, snarky, holier-than-thou dick heads, who annoy just about everyone around them. That's the problem, Not just that they are white.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:31 PM

Boring rich white people will kill the soul of NY. In 20 years they will be begging black people to come back.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:32 PM

Rhymes with bigger.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:32 PM

damn reading these comments from down here in Virginia it seems as if "hipsters" in Brooklyn are about racist as living shit

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:33 PM

Hey Newbie Transplants, Check it out!!!

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Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:34 PM

"damn reading these comments from down here in Virginia it seems as if "hipsters" in Brooklyn are about racist as living shit"

of course they are...Hipsters are all trust fund white kids from lily white communities across America who think it's cool to move to NYC and have never sen a minority before they moved here.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:36 PM

I enjoy my coffee white

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:37 PM

in 20 years? They've already killed off the soul and much of the vibrancy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:37 PM

Well said 11:31. If I had a dollar for ever time a rich white girl sucked her teeth in at a bodega because the line was too long I could afford to move to Spike's neighborhood.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:38 PM

It's not a white or a black issue actually it's an issue of boring people moving into an area and changing the surroundings to match their boringness. It just so happens that the most boring people on the face of the earth are rich white people. Therefore by default it is the white people moving in that is ruing the nabes and taking all the fun out of NYC these days.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:40 PM

Spike Lee is a fucking blipster. He's only successful because the white people allow him to be. How many blacks go ti IFC Center, Sunshine, or Angelika to see his films? It's not cool to yell at the screen in those theaters. I'm probably just being racist because yelling and having a temper tantrum and destroying public property is just part of african American culture.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:41 PM

***IMPORTANT***

He sold out to the white man decades ago. Now he just makes victim porn for liberal retards. He's like a 4ft tall anorexic Micheal Moore.

Posted by ***READ THIS NOW*** | February 26, 2014 11:44 PM

He sells sneakers to poor black kids and makes the poorer. While making rich white people richer. Then they move to Fort Green.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:48 PM

11:39: because being a rich transplant in the city and feasting on artisanal mayonnaise and overpriced designer versions of normal cheap street food doesn't make you a sucker? Every single native that owns a business in North Brooklyn is having a field day cleaning up on the embarrassing naivety of the recently arrived hipster. Keep coming, we'll keep raising our prices to match your trust funs and your lack of understanding or realistic economics.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:48 PM

Spike Lee should not call himself a black "man". He's about 4'10" and an ugly little fucking troll at that. Fucking step on him like the piece of fucking dog shit that he is. Racist fuck. Keep talking you fucking hateful little rodent. Not all white people are nice liberals.

Posted by Jam Sackson | February 26, 2014 11:52 PM

Hipster food is no healthier than regular native food. Case in point: Brooklyn Flea's Asia Dogs pr Drigg Street's Criff Dogs are no better for you than the dirty water dogs on the corner in Midtown. They are just much more ridiculously priced. A normal person would never pay four dollars for a hot dog, but a stupid hipster would if you present it in a stupid hipster way.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:54 PM

stupid hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:55 PM

Spike liked it better when you could cop on any corner in Brooklyn. Dems were the daze!

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:57 PM

whoever wishes to argue against spike lee, know that the racist comments on this board invalidate your point before you can even make it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:58 PM

11:54. right because you know what is or isn't a native business right? I have news for you you little fool,... All of those places on Bedford were there before you but remodeled themselves so that they could jack up the prices for you. SUCKER!

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:58 PM

11:54: so before you patronize a business do you ask to speak to the proprietor and then ask him/her where they came from? Or do you just assume based on the ridiculousness of the facade and the offerings?

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2014 11:59 PM

Of course you don;t patronize native businesses (whatever that means), why would you want to pay a normal price when you can pay four times as much for the same exact thing and feel privileged to do so?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 12:01 AM

because mealy, pasty-faced, juvenile, silly-hatted skinny bearded hipsters aren't ugly?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 12:04 AM

I'm white but sure as shit not rich; I live in a predominantly puerto rican/latino neighborhood off the L train and am getting by about as best as I can. I had to move twice last year because rent pushed me out. The only other white kids I see/talk to in my area are scraping by without (as far as I know) help from their parents, I'd guess the majority of us are between 27-30.

On the other hand, I've noticed the kids who don't have jobs and still have enough(mommy/daddy's) money to go out every night are 20-23. These are the fuckers giving white kids in non-white neighborhoods a bad rep and these are the kids I'd love to send the fuck back from whence they came.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 12:10 AM

white butthurt flowing like water on this thread. haha

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 12:18 AM

^ who laughs starting with a "b"? they teach pronunciation up at bwown?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 12:19 AM

"Old McDimebag Had a Sausage"

Dimebag Darrel was a sausage
E-I-E-I-O
And in Saint Vitus he sucked some sausage
E-I-E-I-O

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 12:28 AM

***GENTRIFY EUROPE***

Posted by Hdolph Aitler | February 27, 2014 12:28 AM

Funniest part of this is that the crowd this is all being said to was almost guaranteed 99% well to do suburban white kids who have moved into the city to attend Pratt. These events are rarely open to the public.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 12:40 AM

I'm so over people bitching about "hipsters."

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 12:57 AM

why dont people in need of affordable housing move to ohio? i hear the market is excellent

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:14 AM

12:40 - I was in the audience. Yes it was about 90 percent white Pratt students. The other 10% were asian/black/latino Pratt students.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:32 AM

Just the other day, I saw a hummus joint in east New York. Times they are a changing. Pass me a pita triangle.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:43 AM

personally, i'm glad the blacks are out. they're loud and their hair is weird. putting those oils in it. they smell.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:53 AM

i would lay flat on my back and let spike lee squat over my head and fart in my face

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 2:02 AM

Ya'll get Brooklyn, but we still got the bigger dicks.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 2:02 AM

I went to Brooklyn Tech in the '80s and I believe that Fort Greene is easily the one place that has gentrified/changed the most. It went from being a sh!th0le to a very decent looking neighborhood. Williamsburg perhaps has risen more in terms of prices, but it still looks like sh!t.

Enjoy the city newcomers. Enjoy the high prices and half the vibrancy. At least it is better than where you came from in the midwest.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 2:05 AM

@ 12:28

: 0
L O L!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 2:17 AM

lol@everyone here mad at me (white transplant gentrifying "hipster") because i can afford to do whatever the fuck i want. what can i say? money talks bullshit walks. we run this place now - just got home from a wednesday night out. where did you guys go out last night? lol@losers who wish they were me

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 3:44 AM

As a gay man who grew up in NYC, I am very glad that the blacks are being forced out. The black neighborhoods are the most violently homophobic. If they want to keep their hateful neanderthal ways, they can get the hell out!

Posted by Paul S. | February 27, 2014 4:42 AM

He is correct. Hipsters should be deportet to Sudan. All of them.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 5:07 AM

Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 5:12 AM

4:42 AMEN! Living in NYC I have only been verbally and physically harassed and called a f****t by blacks. Get the hell out and stay out!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 5:57 AM

The hipsters are not to blame. They are just having a good time on mommy and daddy's dime. The real problem is the fucking k i k e s and Arabs who own each and every building cashing in on them.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 6:51 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 7:29 AM

Somebody tell Spike to put down his crack pipe.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 7:49 AM

Black people are never allowed to invade a neighborhood en mass(not unless it's the projects)."

 Between World War I and the 1930s, thousands
of southern Blacks filtered into Brooklyn's
neighborhoods. They were among the hundreds
of thousands who moved to northern cities during
the "Great Migration," and by 1930, more than
60% of the African Americans in Brooklyn had
been born outside the borough. When the A train
was extended from Harlem to Brooklyn in 1936,
thousands of African Americans left Harlem in
search of better lives and less expensive housing.
Thousands of Puerto Rican immigrants also settled
in Brooklyn. The trip from Puerto Rico took
five days by steamship, but offered an alternative
to the poverty and limitations of the tiny island.
Puerto Ricans settled in Red Hook, downtown
Brooklyn, and Greenpoint, and many found jobs
in the needle trades and cigar factories.

 You should learn about the history of brooklyn, son.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 8:18 AM

article detailing spike lee's real estate purchases in that neighborhood: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/gentrification-spike-lee-article-1.1703113

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 8:52 AM

11:40 pretty much nailed it

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 9:13 AM

Nobody takes Spike seriously...they haven't for years. Dude is as believable as jesse ventura or al sharpton.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 9:26 AM

anyone here who bashes spike lee better get the hell outta nyc. now!

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 9:30 AM

12:10 nailed it too.

A lot of us aren't rich at all and just getting by, doing our thing, making our shitty art, whatever. But I would guess that most of the disconnect comes from the 20-25 year olds who obviously don't have their shit together and are living off of mommy and daddy's money. On one hand I can't really blame them. If I was in that position who knows what I'd do. But it's the smug self-serving attitudes that comes with that money, that is what will irritate most anyone. Two major traits that a lot of hipsters in North Brooklyn do not have are character and humility. If you've never struggled, or have never seen how the other side of the coin lives, well that just gives you a false sense of self-worth. Which is on clear display by the racist and tone-deaf comments by the self-entitled brats in this thread who have obviously lost touch with all sense of emotion and feeling.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 9:38 AM

^tl;dr


poors never stop whining

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 9:41 AM

I wish he would gentrify himself from MSG so the knicks could win a championship. and gentrify himself from movies. BTW, he gentrified fort greene when he sold his house there for big bucks a few years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 9:42 AM

Gentrification is good because it keeps the coloreds out of my neighborhood (except to temporarily rob me).

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 9:44 AM

lol 9:38 thinks he is in a Sociology class. None of that means jack shit in the real world son. Make $ or move.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 9:48 AM

Like the guy or not, he nailed it for this life long Brooklyn native with this bit:

“You have to come with respect. There’s a code. There’s people. 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?"

And 9:38, you hit the nail on the head.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 10:02 AM

When are we (whites) going to take over Newark. Could be a great city if it was filled with people who look like me and make as much if not more money than I do.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 10:03 AM

i feel like the narrative of people in north brooklyn not paying their own rent is overblown. Most people I know in the area live in either south williamsburg, bushwick or greenpoint where the rents are no higher than many other parts of brooklyn (park slope, etc) and are lower than manhattan. Obviously this excludes the area by the Bedford L stop where its mostly only manhattan type professionals who can afford to live there.

Granted its just my experience and not everyones but the vast majority of people i know (over 90%) who live in this area are paying their own rent. The parents paying the rent crowd is still in manhattan (except for college students who live in the area).

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 10:04 AM

What a joke...go back to the upper East Side. When was the last time this fool even lived in Brooklyn? I met him at a post house I used to work at...sipping his Fiji water. Get the fuck out of here. I live in East Williamsburg. Thanks for moving out. Didn't want your reverse racist ass here anyway. This guy and Jay Z need to stop running their fucking mouths about their old neighborhoods when they do nothing fucking productive to actually enhance the lives of the minorities that they're supposedly fighting for.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 10:05 AM

blacks haven't done shit for nyc since hiphop

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 10:09 AM

I love this perception that downtrodden hipsters have that everyone living in Williamsburg is living off of their parents' money or whatever. I live in one of the nicer buildings in Williamsburg and I have never met any neighbors like that. I am a trader at a large bank, my roommate is an auditor at a big 4 accounting firm, my neighbor is an advertising exec, etc. Sorry we have greater aspirations in life than to be baristas or "freelance" graphic designers. Keep eating hummus you losers.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 10:19 AM

Boring whites vs violent blacks ? It's a no brainer.

9:38 is butt hurt because he's a poor ass loser who makes lame ass *art*.

Crackhead Spike is royally butt hurt because somebody called the decibel police because they didn't want to hear his dad's shitty jazz music.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 10:23 AM

Tough shit you bloodclot.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 10:39 AM

@9:38 Exactly. I've lived with kids who I knew for a fact were having their checks written by mom/dad at the end of every month. I had to move out because our apartment was treated with no respect, nor was I. This is maybe the only coherent point Spike Lee made in that these kids come in with a sense of privilege and a lack of perspective and disrespect the people who have worked hard to live where they live.

It's the attitude of these inexperienced, irresponsible kids that gives hipsters or even just 20-somethings a bad name. I feel embarrassed to be grouped in with that crowd solely based on appearance or age.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 10:44 AM

9:38 here

10:04 Perhaps I shouldn't have made a blanket statement that all 20-25 year olds live off of their parents. But let's face it, rent is high in NYC, and at that age more often than not you don't have your shit together. What I'm saying is in the time I've lived here I've met many people in this age range (and some older) who do not pay half their bills or don't pay their rent (or maybe some of it). These people are in the Bushwick/South Williamsburg area. Hell I've been living with one such person for over a year. And that's a source of irritation for some people. I'm not saying that's wrong or right, just stating my personal experiences. But statistically, yes most hipsters in North Brooklyn do pay their own rent.

10:19 You may not that have that perception because you're usually around people other than hipsters, or you have a different definition than I do of what a hipster is. Other than that I don't know what else to tell you. You're from a different world.

10:23 That's awesome that you can say that about me, really it is. The truth is that I have no children and make plenty to do pretty much whatever I want. So in that sense no I'm not poor, I live a pretty good lifestyle. I'm pretty damn happy. I'm not sure if you can say the same thing for yourself, but that's for you to decide. And I have nothing against super rich people, that's awesome if you are. Especially if you have your head on straight while acquiring that wealth. But again, it's not so much about wealth than it is about the lack of character and judgement in regards to the people around you, that's a source of irritation with a lot of people. In short, be nice to people. Don't be an asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 11:01 AM

I think what people overlook is the fact that NYC has more (and higher quality) job opportunities than almost anywhere else on the East Coast. Most starting salaries price you out of desireable places in NYC proper and you just have to find a place in Brooklyn, Bronx, or Queens. I'm not walking around my neighborhood with my nose up, but nothing can stop the influx of young white people to these neighborhoods when there are jobs for them in the city.

Do I feel guilty? No. Because honestly, if my job relocated me to Detroit at the same pay rate with the same benefits, I'd figure it out. I'm not in Brooklyn to squash the black man, it is an unintended consequence.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 11:08 AM

11:08 brings up a pretty good point. There's no shame in finding a good job that you enjoy and that you're good at. Just don't be a dick in the process.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 11:16 AM

People are entitled to live wherever then want and can afford. Spike Lee needs to grow up and acknowledge that the same rules that apply to him apply to the rest of America as well. He has spent too long playing the victim card, it's warped his angry little brain.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 11:17 AM

Literally every one of you people commenting on this article disappoint me.
You disappoint me so goddamn much.
You all bitch and moan. Whites, blacks, cred, culture, history!!!
How about being f+++king decent to one another?
Most people have a group above them that makes things more expensive and more difficult for anyone below. Its the way of the world. No ones coming through tryin to be like "Awwww, I wanna change the ghetto! I want to make it whiter!!! aww yeah!" People need affordable housing. Brooklyn has it.
But those of you that arent just baiting each other with outright racism on both sides are seriously missing a point. As long as the ability to make more money exists people will want to make more money. How can you expect them not to? You think all the people in the poorer neighborhoods dont want to be rich? And what would they do if they were all of a sudden rich? Theyd buy nicer things. Theyd move to a better place. Theyd try more restaurants. Just like you. Just like me. Just like all of us. Because were all pretty much the same. Except you f****king racists on both sides of this situation. Youre nothing like me, and nothing like the good people that exist in all walks of life. You are the plague. You are the problem. And its you who should leave. White or Black, Rican or Arabic, Chinese or Jewish. If you have that much hate in your soul, and cant see us all for what we are, people, not skin, then just go. Go anywhere but where there are people.
I hear the bottom of the ocean is nice.

Until then, I dont hear one damn person, certainly not Spike Lee, coming up with any plans on how to make things better. Just bitch bitch bitch and fight, and blame each other, and blame race, and you all just disappoint me so much.

Posted by dudeguy jones | February 27, 2014 11:25 AM

@Dudeguy jones. Amen dude.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 11:33 AM

Hi, my name is Chelsea Eakson... BA

Posted by Reptar | February 27, 2014 11:34 AM

11:01, this is 10:19--honestly I have no idea what is even considered a "hipster" anymore. Last I heard Russell Westbrook was a hipster. That said, given my perception of what a hipster probably is, I'd say most people in Williamsburg these days aren't even hipsters at all.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 11:34 AM

11:25 = 11:33, clearly

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 11:38 AM

let them eat cake, or much beard, whatever

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 11:55 AM

Spike talking like a ghetto nigga and acting like a bully isn't going to win points with anybody, and it certainly doesn't make for a convincing argument. And his statement that Whitey should show more respect when they move into his hood is laughable. It was the spearchuckers and the spics who ruined these neighborhoods in the first place.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 11:58 AM

"11:25 = 11:33, clearly"

what does this even mean? do you mean to say that we are the same person? I sure hope not.
and I sure hope more people come out of the woodwork doing something besides playing the blame game.

Posted by dudeguy jones | February 27, 2014 11:59 AM

11:25 you sound hot, bro. you into fisting?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 12:07 PM

yeah, I hand out knuckle sandwiches to the witty. its my charity work.

Posted by dudeguy jones | February 27, 2014 12:17 PM

Spike needs to keep the focus on himself, he hasn't made a semi decent film in years. Come on man.

Posted by Uncle Ebeneezer | February 27, 2014 12:20 PM

Hipsters need to stay the fuck out of Newark. Don't drive up my rents bitches!

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 12:34 PM

WHERE THE FUCK IS MA MOTHER FUCKIN WELFARE CHECK !!! ?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 12:45 PM

If you keep hitting F5 on this post to read the latest novel-length comment to see if (s)he referenced your last post ... you MIGHT be a hipster

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 12:54 PM

the rent is too damn high

Posted by Jimmy McMillan | February 27, 2014 1:07 PM

If you think having something constructive to say and hoping others would have something constructive to respond with is hipster... you MIGHT be a douche.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:21 PM

1:21 you sound hot, bro. you into latex?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:23 PM

7 million people care about NYC.

323 million could give a toss what happens in your smelly shithole of a city.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:32 PM

To anyone seeing the asshole, racist, pro-gentrification comments.

If you look at Facebook, you see that tons of people following BV (and commenting) are not actually people living in Brooklyn. An unfortunate side effect of having the culture spotlight on us right now.

What you think is a local discussion is actually one local (I believe 9:38 is a local like me) arguing with a bunch of troll teenagers and texans.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:32 PM

1:21 doesn't realize that 12:54 had something constructive to say (too)

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:36 PM

oh hey! I hit f5!
you still all disappoint.

Posted by dudeguy jones | February 27, 2014 1:40 PM

No one lives in Brooklyn except people from Iowa.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:41 PM

smh at this spiky sausage, just smdh.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:48 PM

1:32 lives in his parents basement in Lincoln nebraska

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 1:54 PM

Raise your hand: how many of you hipsters, when asked, claim to be "from" Brooklyn? And how many of you moved here two years ago and are actually from Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Florida...

Yeah, I thought so...

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 2:00 PM

These native types are ridiculous. Aw boo hoo hoo, they can't compete. I got news for you little emotionally wounded children, we live in a capitalistic society. Period. Deal with it. Or better yet, make your way to the bottom of society, where you belong.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 2:09 PM

flan*

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 2:13 PM

And 1:54 lives in his parent's basement in Elmhurst. So what?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 2:21 PM

SOMEBODY DIED, ASSPIKES!

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 2:46 PM

No Radio Raheem No MuMuMuMuMuMalcolm

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 2:49 PM

Spike is just jealous because us hipsters are creating the most vibrant art ever while he is desparately pimping out his free Knick tickets to funding his pathetic vanity film projects. My trust fund allows me and my friends to live in Brooklyn where we can focus on creating transcendent art that will save the world.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 2:52 PM

Fuck you all. I moved to Brooklyn after Hampshire College. I am originally from Maryland, just outside of DC. So what? Does that mean I am not allowed to live here? My money is just as green and without me and my roommates, all the bars and cool shops would close down and Brooklyn would be back to shit-hole it was.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 3:22 PM

Who the fuck is Spike Lee? Is this the guy who bought 285 Kent? DIY 'till I die!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 3:37 PM

I was riding my fixie on the williamsburg bridge going downhill east to my group house. I crashed and sprained the wrist that I beat off with.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 4:03 PM

Fuck you all. I moved to Brooklyn after Hampshire College. I am originally a spoiled rich kid who liked to trip balls on Halloween. So what? Does that mean my parents wasted $50K per year?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 4:09 PM

All the blacks from New York and Philadelphia moved to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 4:40 PM

Newark is the new Brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 5:13 PM

White people scare me.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 6:52 PM

That's the Jell-o guy, right? Mom mom said he used to be funny in the 60s, now not so much. He just seems angry now.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 7:47 PM

"It's weird, if a white director talked about his neighborhood, saying black people moved into houses on my block and changed the way I lived with their music and their ways, it would be very much considered racist."

There's a simple solution to that riddle. Spike Lee is a racist. Gentrification isn't about color, it's about class. Sure, the two overlap sometimes, but they aren't the same thing. Everyone who knows anything knows that the initial migration of artists and young professionals to neighborhoods once-considered-unsafe (to EVERYONE, including their residents of various races) was about finding affordable studio spaces and housing at first. Then businesses spring up to service the new residents, then people move there because of the businesses and the art community and nightlife, and then finally the people who moved there to find affordable housing move to another neighborhood because... the current one isn't affordable anymore.

To see someone like Spike Lee spewing this hateful nonsense, which also happens to be factually incorrect on its face, is a tad depressing.

Posted by a fella | February 27, 2014 8:47 PM

I think he stopped making sense when he compared a few clueless beardos moving to Fort Greene to genocide. Basically everybody hates hipsters, and nobody admits to being one, so it's a fairly easy target. There's really nothing to see here. Spike Lee opened his mouth and said something controversial and now every website is talking about him and getting record hits.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 8:55 PM

The double standards in this country never cease to amaze me. But I really should be used to it by now. What Spike Lee said was outright racist. He insinuated that he didn't want whites in his these neighborhoods. How fast would a white person in his position be fired and blacklisted form polite society if they were to make the same comments about blacks? Yeah, you guys already know the answer. Funny how white people are "racist" when they move out of neighborhoods due to trash, crime, dead lawns, knockout attacks, "polar bear hunting"-as in finding whites to randomly attack- but when blacks complain about whites moving in (and improving neighborhoods, naturally), they are innocent victims of gentrification, trying to preserve their "vibrancy". Just keep it up. All the better for us anyway, because the more bs like this happens, the wider open white peoples eyes get.

Posted by Veronica | February 28, 2014 2:39 AM

Spike's boyhood house just got fucked up. I wouldn't be surprised if some pissed off crazed hipster knocked out his old man while walking down the street.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2014 5:44 PM

The Bhz in this thread is pushing record levels.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2014 4:05 AM

Do you think Spike Lee hates white people.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2014 11:20 AM

Well he hates having them in his films. And please use a question mark next time.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2014 11:31 AM

Spike may hate Whitey he sure loves to take their money.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2014 11:51 AM

Do you feel that question marks are relevant in 2014.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2014 2:07 PM

Yes, 2:07. Now, more so than ever. As it is, half of the girls I meet in this city speak every sentence with an upward inflection, where it sounds like a question (which is very effing annoying). So for that reason alone, we need the question mark.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2014 5:57 PM

Perfect example as stated in 5:57:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3j4n5Jm1Qg

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2014 6:00 PM

If you are using Family Guy to make your point man did you miss the class on irony at your community college.

And as for car guy, why not go back to the gay porno and wacking off instead of writing here?

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2014 6:38 PM

I'm not a motherfucking hipster. I don't get irony.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2014 11:53 PM

Spike lee is a black man that was hummus a minimum of three times per week.

And that is a profound situation. He deserves your respect. He deserves a fresh pita triangle.

Eat it up spike. Eat it all up now.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2014 2:01 AM

Isn't Spike the same douche who tweeted the address of George Zimmerman last year ? - only it wound up being the the address of an old retired couple. If I've said it once I've said it a thousand times: celebutards should STFU when it comes to political or social issues. It rarely comes off as anything other than arrogant, lame, and uniformed.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2014 12:51 PM

Culture vultures, white prevelege, systems of oppression and denial are all terms hipster don't like to talk about. People of color can be bias but not racist! That's something reserve for white people only. US is the only country in the Americas that held to slavery. Oppressed any social movement to improve human conditions and committed genocide on the oboriginal people of this continent. People of color can be rich but not wealthy, that's something reserve for the old money of this country. Spike lee is on point but still a petty borgiouse...

Posted by Dayjah | March 8, 2014 9:25 PM

^did you get knowledge of self in prison?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2014 9:47 PM

It's hard to take multi-millionaires serious when they're bitching about "gentrification". Spike STFU, go back to your mansion, and let people decide for themselves where they want to live.

Posted by me | May 5, 2014 1:45 PM

Attention fellow Caucasian Men,
The Jews back this little mouse.Otherwise he would be on the Big Ship back to Africa.
This type "boy" hangs with liberal, pussified Whites who are Negrophobes and they feel protected.
The Vikings of old,would not make war on countries who "failed to protect their Women."Well,we,collectively,DO NOT protect our women from gangs of raping gibbons do we?
I do and have many times using plate glass windows,fists and body slams.
White Men,look in the mirror and what do you see.

Posted by Dan Maloney | May 22, 2014 2:15 PM

^ doesn't understand all the recent fuss around Macklemore

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 2:17 PM

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