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Spike Lee's Childhood Home Vandalized After Rant

The stoop of the former Washington Park home of Spike Lee was vandalized three days after he delivered a rant against gentrification. The house next door was graffitied and had a window smashed.NBC 4 New York

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Three days after Spike Lee lashed out in a passionate rant against the gentrification of the Brooklyn, someone vandalized the director's former childhood home and the house next door.

One or more vandals spray painted the stoop of Lee's former childhood home on Washington Park in Fort Greene on Friday. The damage was worse at the home next door where a window was smashed and "Do the Right Thing" written in spray paint on the first floor of the house.

"I was very angry about that," said Dianne Mackenzie of the damage to her home. "It's mindless and it's senseless and its pretty stupid."

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The stoop of the former Washington Park home of Spike Lee was vandalized three days after he delivered a rant against gentrification. The house next door was graffitied and had a window smashed.NBC 4 New York

Mackenzie wouldn't say whether she thought the crime, which police are investigating, was tied to Lee's remarks.

"They can speculate all you want, but I don't know why," Mackenzie said. "It's not something that happens in this neighborhood. It's not usual."

The tagger only managed to write "Do the Right" on Lee's former home, leaving out the rest of the title of the 1989 modern classic that solidified his reputation as a filmmaker.

Lee sparked controversy on Tuesday when he said that longtime residents of Fort Greene and other New York City neighborhoods were being pushed out by people with "Christopher Columbus Syndrome."

"You can't discover this! We been here. You just can't come and bogart," the director told an audience Tuesday at the Pratt Institute in Fort Greene.

— NBC New York

Director Spike Lee's childhood home was vandalized after he went on a rant about gentrification in Brooklyn.JONATHAN ALCORN / Reuters

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