A woman walks dogs in Fort Greene Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. A viral rant by film director Spike Lee has touched off a conversation about the growing tension between longtime residents of New York's suddenly hot neighborhoods and well-heeled arrivals. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


File-This July 31, 2013, file photo shows filmmaker Spike Lee being interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Lee has engaged in a brief and lively profanity-laced debate about gentrification of largely black New York City neighborhoods. He made his comments during a Black History Month speech at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. He says gentrification had little regard for people who “have a culture that’s been laid down for generations.” (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)


Vandals target Spike Lee's former home after rant

  • Associated Press
  • March 1, 2014 - 4:15 PM

NEW YORK — Vandals targeted the former Brooklyn home of filmmaker Spike Lee and the house next door after a video of one of the director's humor-laced rants against gentrification went viral.

Someone spray-painted "Do the Right Thing" on the brownstone in the Fort Greene section next to Lee's family home Friday.

That's the title of one of Lee's best-known movies.

The Lee family house had part of the title written on the side of the stoop.

The vandalism happened three days after Lee criticized gentrification of the black, working-class neighborhood during a Black History Month speech.

Lee's half brother Arnold, who lives in the house that was hit by vandals, told the Daily News of New York ( ) that Lee "needs to stop mentioning the house in his comments."

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