The homeowner told NY1 he thinks the vandals were targeting the home next door, where Lee's father still resides. The homeowner said his door's windows were also smashed during incident.
Tuesday night, Lee delivered an impassioned, scathing critique of gentrification, which he claims has changed Brooklyn for the worse. From the rant:
Then comes the motherfuckin' Christopher Columbus Syndrome. You can't discover this! We been here. You just can't come and bogart. There were brothers playing motherfuckin' African drums in Mount Morris Park for 40 years and now they can't do it anymore because the new inhabitants said the drums are loud. My father's a great jazz musician. He bought a house in nineteen-motherfuckin'-sixty-eight, and the motherfuckin' people moved in last year and called the cops on my father. He's not — he doesn't even play electric bass! It's acoustic! We bought the motherfuckin' house in nineteen-sixty-motherfuckin'-eight and now you call the cops? In 2013? Get the fuck outta here!
Nah. You can't do that. You can't just come in the neighborhood and start bogarting and say, like you're motherfuckin' Columbus and kill off the Native Americans. Or what they do in Brazil, what they did to the indigenous people. You have to come with respect. There's a code. There's people.
The vandals also spray-painted a house belonging to Lee's brother, who didn't appreciate the anti-gentrification comments. From NY 1:
Lee's brother, Arnold Lee, says the filmmaker needs to think more before he speaks.
"Spike needs to stop with whatever situation he was talking about over here. Because he doesn't live here - and he's not involved in it. Don't make it personal. That way somebody knows where you live. My friend got her house damaged and somebody spray painted our house," Lee said.