Former friends Spike Lee and Michael Rapaport are now warring over gentrification in Brooklyn borough of New York City and the quality of films they pro due.
Rapaport fired the latest verbal missile at Lee during a visit Tuesday to HuffPost Live.
Rapaport, who is producing and directing his new film My Man is a Loser, denounced the filmmaker a “s— stain” who is playing the race card when he discusses gentrification in New York. Then, he went on to disparage Lee’s filmmaking career.
“When’s the last Spike Lee film you saw?” Rapaport asked host Marc Lamont Hill. “Nobody goes to see them s—-.”
Despite coming to talk about his new film, Rapaport instead appropriated the balance of his interview time addressing Lee, who during a May interview on HuffPost Live called Rapaport “stupid” and said he “doesn’t know what he’s f—— talking about.”
Lee also discounted Rapaport’s talents as a director, to which Rapaport fired back Tuesday, “I’m going to see him sooner or later,” Rapaport said, which some took as a a threat. “I wanna see you say ‘you’re stupid and your movie sucks’ right to my face.”
Lee, whose industry beefs are legendary and go way back to the time he slammed Morgan Freeman fiercely for his subservient role in Driving Miss Daisy, responded to Rapaport saying a month earlier that Spike Lee had no business talking about Brooklyn’s gentrification since Lee lives on the Upper East Side in the neighboring borough of Manhattan.