*Geez, do we have the makings of another beef between two brothers?
Mackie questioned Lee’s concern over the issue in a recent interview as he noted that Lee currently doesn’t live in his beloved borough. The “Pain & Gain” star further noted that Lee’s move to Manhattan’s Upper East Side is a form of “reverse gentrification” and ”as your tax brackets changes, I guess your zip code changes.”
Mackie’s comments come days after Lee appeared as a guest lecturer for an African American History Month event at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. After an audience member mentioned gentrification as a positive shift in demographics, the director, an outspoken critic of what he feels is the whitewashing of Brooklyn, responded with a super-charged, rant.
Despite Lee’s views, Mackie was less than impressed as he implied that he is more connected to Brooklyn than the man who gave him a starring role in his 2004 films, “She Hate Me” and “Sucker Free City.”
“I live in Brooklyn. My address is in Brooklyn. I have two restaurants in Brooklyn. I don’t have a problem with gentrification,” Mackie stated. “The people [who] want to live in Brooklyn, move to Brooklyn.”
To see Anthony Mackie’s interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, click on the video below: