Will Leitch interviewed Spike Lee in New York Magazine's Vulture. Spike Lee took a BIG, jaw-dropping pass on discussing the biggest real estate controversy the Borough has ever seen. Why? Read on, from Spike Lee Talks Obama, the End of Mookie's Brooklyn, and the Hollywood Color Line:
Q. What do you think of the stadium?
A. I do not know the specifics about how people got moved out and all that stuff. I'm not going to get into the politics of the Barclays Center; the thing is, it's up, it's a reality, and that's just that. It's here; you have to deal with it. Negative and positive; I can deal with it. Jay-Z is going to christen it in September with his concert: you've got Barbra Streisand coming. The Nets will be playing there in the next NBA season, and Brooklyn has their first major-league team since the Dodgers fled after the 1957 season, the year I was born.
"I'm not going to get into the politics of the Barclays Center; the thing is, it's up, it's a reality, and that's just that."
Yeah, that is a good point. Really, history shouldn't be discussed at all because whatever happened is now" a reality and that's just that."
Spike Lee has spent a career discussing the politics of both current and historic events. But somehow the politics of the BARCLAYS Center is off limits? Even with the current, very current, scandal in which the bank is embroiled?
C'mon, this can't be the same Spike Lee who once said, "I think it is very important that films make people look at what they've forgotten."
(By the way, we are pretty certain that Mr. Lee knows the "specifics about how people got moved out and all that stuff." And if doesn't its a strange choice he made not to know all that "stuff.")