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Spike Lee made news recently ranting about the gentrification of Brooklyn. So much so that when actor Anthony Mackie was promoting his latest film, he was asked about his former director’s views.
“Spike Lee don’t live in Brooklyn,” Mackie said.
Mackie responded to questions about gentrification from Chris Witherspoon on “the Dish.”
“I live in Brooklyn, My address is in Brooklyn, I have two restaurants in Brooklyn. I don’t have a problem with the gentrification,” Mackie said. “I wouldn’t call it gentrification. The people who want to live in Brooklyn, live in Brooklyn.”
Last week Lee drew attention while taking questions at Brooklyn’s Pratt institute.
“Let me just kill you right now,” Lee told the questioner who suggested gentrification was a good thing. “Because there was some (explicative) article in the New York Times saying ‘the good of gentrification’…I don’t believe that. You can’t discover this! We been here. You just can’t come and bogart,”
Mackie talked about the change happenings all over the five boroughs of New York City, describing it as part of the overall economic changes of the city.
“It’s the same income level in Brooklyn, it’s just a different shade of people,” he said.
Mackie said when Spike Lee moved to Manhattan, it was a type of “reverse gentrification.”
“When your tax bracket changes, I guess your zip code changes,” he said.
Mackie worked with Lee twice in his career, on the 2004 independent film She Hate Me, and a television movie named Sucker Free City.
Lee has listed his home, according to news reports, for more than $30 million.
Mackie’s new film is a psychological thriller called Repentance, which stars Oscar-winning actor Forrest Whitaker and Sanaa Lathan.
Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com