Michael Rapaport Blasts Spike Lee: He Made Money On Brooklyn Getting Better

Actor and native New Yorker Michael Rapaport joined HuffPost Live on Thursday to talk about his new documentary "When The Garden Was Eden," which chronicles the glory days of the New York Knicks and their arena Madison Square Garden and opened the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

Host Josh Zepps asked Rapaport about Spike Lee's recent rant against the gentrification of Brooklyn, in which Lee said, speaking to the gentrifiers: "You can’t just come in when people have a culture that’s been laid down for generations and you come in and now shit gotta change because you’re here? Get the fuck outta here."

Rapaport, who appeared in Lee's 2000 film "Bamboozled," had some choice words for the director.

"I mean, Spike lives on the Upper East Side. If the people that donated money to Spike Lee's last film saw the apartment that he lives in, they'd bug out. So I don't know what he's talking about," the actor told HuffPost Live.

Rapaport, who attended Erasmus Hall High School in Flatbush, went on to say that the gentrified Brooklyn neighborhoods are better off for the changes, and that people like Spike Lee have benefitted from the improvement. "Brooklyn got better. And he's making money off the fact that it got better," Rapaport said.

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