Spike Lee is a colossal cunt. Just looking at this little twit conjures up visions of my fist crushing his fucking face. His whole career has been defined by his hang-ups, obsessions and resentments of white people. I did like one of his moves, Hoodwinked although that one didn’t get great reviews. Lee hit a little too close to home with that little take on how black entertainment -AKA black “culture” -was little more than a modern minstrel show. But seriously did we really need Spike Lee to tell us this with yet another of his insufferable films? Most black entertainers sell their souls for fame by making abject fools of themselves and then after they stock up a little loot then they become “serious artists”. Think Eddy Murphy and all those hokey remakes of 60’s moves that he tried to pass off as entertainment. Eddie should have stuck with Buckwheat impersonations.
But hey let’s get back to Spike Lee. Lee was asked to speak at some bullshit Black History month event at the Pratt Institute, a sorry excuse for post secondary education where dimwit rich kids can go to pursue “art” degrees for $60,000 a year. You know the whole, “I’m a film maker” bullshit. Some white asshole asked Spike about his thoughts on gentrification and he went ballistic about killing white people and all this sort of horseshit. I think Al Sharpton refers to them as “White Interlopers” but that was before he lost all the weight on got a show on MSNBC.
|Oppression never looked so good!|
Lee grew up in New York and longs for the old days in Brooklyn when all the schools sucked, rats grew bigger than dogs and the de facto currency of the neighborhood was crack. Here’s a snippet of what he had to say. “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… 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.”
Being a stone cold racist at his very heart Lee’s misses the entire point in this tired template of black versus white. The guy can’t seem to get over the fact that a good chunk of his childhood was spent getting his ass kicked by Italian kids from Bensonhurst. He’s stuck in 1974. In any event the fact that some of these former shitholes are now at least tolerable to live in has little to do with skin color and everything to do with money. These aren’t 3rd generation Irish guys that work for the New York Sewer Department moving into these neighborhoods. No sir. You need to be thinking artisanal cheese shops not 5 pound blocks of Velveeta from Costco. This is a whole different sort of “white people” Spike. Like it or not these are now “your people” you rich asshole.
Lee morns the loss of some mythical culture that existed in his cherished Brooklyn. And it is true that when beautiful people move in the fabric of the neighborhood changes rapidly. These people have money and they want Starbucks, Connecticut Muffin, Whole Foods and those sorts of things and they get what they want. I’m not sure what Spike is pining about but yuppies aren’t big fans of midnight basketball or grown men drumming on 5 gallon plastic buckets when they should be – you know- at work.
And maybe Spike forgets that “his people” were once the interlopers and the Irish, Italians and other white ethnics weren’t all that crazy about southern slave culture upsetting their culture flow. So if I’m reading this correctly it’s OK if the ones getting pushed out are white but it’s bad if it’s colored people getting nudged out? Is that the take away Spike you asshole? Is it any wonder why everyone hates these phony show biz types?
But even more perplexing to me is that this asshole gets to rail on about gentrification as if he’s the one getting kicked to the curb. Naturally none of these effete Pratt Institute types had the balls to ask what I would have asked. Where do you live Mr. Lee? Oh that’s right you bought a $32 million townhouse in Manhattan that was once owned by the William Vanderbilt. I wonder what effect that had on the gentrification of the neighborhood? Of course no one called this little asshole licker out on his bullshit. White assholes.
Spike Lee ought to just shut the fuck up about things he knows nothing about. The guy hasn’t had to dig for change in the cushion since 1977. Ask him what a gallon of gas costs or a loaf of bread. He’d be as clueless as George Bush or any other elite when it comes to this stuff but he gets a pass. Because he’s black and was once middle class, he was never poor, he gets to walk around with the authentic badge of resentment and victimhood. Fuck him and the Bentley he rode in on. And that goes for all these other wannabes both black and white. At what point does someone like Snoop Dogg lose his street cred and just become another spoiled, self entitled, rich asshole living in Beverly Hills. JayZ has spent most of his life ensconced in a gated community never wanting for anything. He’s not a gangster and he never was. He’s just some rich asshole that wouldn’t survive 5 minutes in the shoes of 90% of the people in this nation. If these guys ever knew anything about struggling it’s nothing but a distant memory now. You can’t be a spokesman for the oppressed when you are now part of the oppressing class. Do these self deluded assholes not get this? Do they not smell the stench of hypocrisy when they lecture a room full or rich assholes on the evils of being a rich asshole. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.