Skip to comments.Spike Lee Is Trying to Get Do the Right Thing Its Own Street Name in Brooklyn
Posted on 06/06/2014 5:32:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Although he no longer lives in the borough, anti-gentrification spokesperson Spike Lee insists, "Brooklyn is still going to be inside of me." And he inside of it: Lee's Do the Right Thing may be immortalized in true NYC-style with a street sign. Brooklyn Community Board 3 has voted to approve renaming the Bed-Stuy block of Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street, where the movie was filmed, Do the Right Thing Way, in time for its 25th anniversary.
The City Council has the final say, and it could be tough. "It's a bit complicated, because the City Council's standards for co-naming focus on people and organizations, not works of art," the neighborhood's representative told DNA Info. But Lee showed up at the community board meeting for the vote and seems to already have a sign ready to go, just in case.
I don’t like him.
As a Brooklyn native Spike, you can stick that sign right up your patootie.
Don’t understand this dude at all.
While many would welcome redevelopment, and a better class of people moving into hell holes such as Bedford-Stuyvesant, he instead wants to keep decent people out of these areas.
He wants the ghetto to stay a ghetto.
Yet he himself doesn’t live in the ghetto anymore. He moved out, as many do when they can afford to do so. Why did he move out of the ghetto, if the ghetto is so wonderful????
With a full blown communist as Mayor, the City Council will probably change it to “Do the Right Thing Comrade Way”, but otherwise be OK with it.
Cross street “Give a Sh$t Ave.”. ;-)
I’m a Conservative — I actually DO the right thing.
Unlike Spike, who is a buffoon and hypocrite.
Liberals view the poor in western societies the same way they view Amazonian tribes who have little outside contact. These cultures develop their own rituals and language variations and fashion sense.
To liberals, they're like a little sociological diorama the wealthy can peek in on now and then. It comforts them to know there's pockets of people without iPods and Audis, and all the trappings of western decadence.
For themselves, they want all the western decadence they can handle, but don't want it to spoil these little pockets of primitive culture that they can admire for their simplicity.
In short, liberals are weird idiots and their anti-gentrification stance is voyeuristic.
I don’t think I would agree with Spike Lee on any major issue, but that movie is a work of genius. I cannot think of any other movie that covered the issue of race so well. I remember going to see it with a group of friends of several different ethnicities, and we all left the theater equally pissed off and sure that the [white] [black] [Asian] [Hispanic] side was “right” and the others were all wrong. He represented all sides well, every race had heroes and every race had villains. And even the ending, with the two quotes from MLK and Malcolm X left everyone with an unsettling ambiguity. If movies are art that are meant to make us think, this movie is at the top of the list.
I was impressed by the unique editing and visual style as well. You could tell it was made by somebody who grew up in the watching Sesame Street and The Electric Company and they influenced his work.
He's still a hump though.
How can you not like him?
Such a humanitarian, he is, worrying about street names in da hood! He be DOOING sum’in!
A massive (6-4 300+) black teen carries a blaring boom box into an Italian pizza place after previously being warned to turn it off when entering. He refuses to turn it down as he and his buddy argue with the pizza shop owner to put pictures of famous black people on the wall. Tension escalates until the owner uses a baseball bat to smash the radio. The black teen then attempts to strangle to death the white owner.
The white owner’s two sons try to save the fathers life but are attacked by other black teens who were allowed in after closing time for a last slice of pizza. The pile of bodies spills out into the street as the father continues to be strangled. Police arrive on scene and try to pry the massive teens hands from the fathers throat but are not successful until a choke hold is applied using a night stick. Even though he is in a choke hold, the teen continues to resist until he begins to pass out. Another officer yells “that’s enough!” to his partner but the partner holds on a few seconds longer and then lets the teen’s body drop to the ground. He is now dead.
The crowd freaks out and the police retreat. Spike Lee’s character, who had been employed by the white pizza shop owner and was constantly goofing off and taking his time with deliveries, walks over and grabs a trash can and throws it thru the businesses window cause the crowd to rush in and steal all the money from the register and ransack the shop. The shop is lit on fire and the crowd attacks the firemen who respond.
The next day, Lee’s character approaches the white owner who is sweeping up the remnants of his burned down shop and asks his pay.
Will it have abandoned buildings on that street to honor Spike’s request?
I also like the movie.
I watched it twice and I thought it was terrible. Nothing redeeming or even noteworthy in the movie. Nothing heroic, uplifting, thought provoking. Ham handed and crude.
De gustibus non est disputandum
I watched it once and never wanted to see it again. Imho, that’s the definition of a bad movie.