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Film director and New York City native Spike Lee went off on an expletive-filled rant against gentrification in the nation's biggest metro area this week.

Lee grew up in the Ft. Greene, Brooklyn, where his parents still live.

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In response to a question at an African American History Month lecture Tuesday at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, the 56-year-old film great said:

"Why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers into the South Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Brown Heights, for the facilities to get better?"

Explaining this quote, he told Anderson Cooper, "My problem is, when you move into a neighborhood, have some respect for the history, for the culture."

To stay a great city, Lee said NYC needs more affordable housing.

He also offered these choice, NSFW quotes on the subject ...

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If you have been waiting for that moment in which Kickstarter jumped the shark... this might be it.

In the video below, Spike Lee lays out his reasons for turning to Kickstarter as well as a little bit about the movie he's hoping you, the fans, will bankroll.

Warning: This is Spike Lee so there is a bit of NSFW language. Turn down your speakers.

Now, I am a huge fan of Spike Lee's work. I personally would love to see another Spike Lee film.

However, this Kickstarter move is getting a definite side-eye from me. Is Spike Lee saying that he can't self-finance a film? That he can't find a few friends to pitch in a few bucks here and there to get a project bankrolled?

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Do not count Spike Lee as one of the millions of movie goers who will be seeing Django Unchained this holiday season.

Or any season, for that matter.

The famous director went off on the film - which stars Jamie Foxx as a freed slave who teams up with a bounty hunter to rescue his wife from an evil plantation owner - and Quentin Tarantino in a recent interview with Vibe.

"I'm not gonna see it," Lee told the magazine. "All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors."

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An elderly couple has reached a settlement with director Spike Lee after the pair had to abandon their home after he erroneously re-tweeted their address as that of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

The couple's attorney, Matt Morgan, announced the settlement Thursday.

Specifics of the settlement weren't disclosed, but Morgan says Lee proactively called the couple to apologize profusely for re-tweeting their address.

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Elaine and David McClain are in their 70s. Elaine's son from a previous marriage is named William George Zimmerman, who once lived in their home.

He is no relation to 28-year-old George Zimmerman, who has controversially not been charged with a crime after he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The neighborhood watch volunteer has said he acted in self-defense, but the issue has raised racial tensions and widespread outrage across the U.S.

After someone posted the address believed to be Zimmerman's, Lee's re-tweet sent it to 250,000 people, some of whom harassed the McClains.

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Spike Lee, pardon the pun, decided to do the right thing.

The director has apologized for erroneously re-tweeting the address of Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman ... only to post an elderly couple's instead.

The tweet did not originate with Spike, but his re-tweet of the wrong Zimmerman address to over 250,000 followers put a pair of seniors in harm's way.

David and Elaine McClain, 72 and 70 respectively, were forced to flee their home and move into a hotel temporarily because of death threats and scrutiny.

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Last night, Lee tweeted, "I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was a Mistake. Please Leave The McClains in Peace."

Lee also seemed to subtly ask people who are angry about Trayvon's death to leave Zimmerman's fate to the legal system, closing with, "Justice in Court."

The apology came hours after the McClains reportedly lawyered up, but Spike almost certainly felt bad, given that he put an innocent couple's lives at risk.

Whatever you think about the fact that he would choose to re-tweet what he thought was Zimmerman's address in the first place, he meant no harm to the McClains.

Zimmerman, who friends say is not a racist and is devastated by the shooting of Martin, remains under investigation but has not been charged in the case.

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After director Spike Lee erroneously re-Tweeted their address as belonging to Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman, a school-cafeteria lunch lady and her husband were essentially forced to flee their home amid unwanted attention.

Death threats, hate mail, swarming reporters and fearful inquiries from neighbors were all too much for the woman, 70, who has a heart condition, and her husband, 72, who temporarily moved to a hotel to avoid the spotlight and possible danger.

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According to reports, the confusion arose because the woman has a son, William George Zimmerman, who lived with her in 1995 and still lives in Central Florida.

He is no relation to George Zimmerman, 28, the un-charged shooter in the Trayvon Martin case, which is sparking national outrage and international interest.

Zimmerman traced the tweet - which did not initially come from Spike Lee, but gained massive interest after Lee re-Tweeted it - to a man in California.

Zimmerman said he has implored the man to stop and said he received this response, "Black power all day. No justice, no peace" and an obscenity.

Lee's tweet has been removed, but it continues to be re-tweeted.

Man. Spike hasn't flown off the handle and wished he could take it back this badly since his taunting of Reggie Miller sparked the Pacers guard's 25-point fourth quarter explosion in Game 5 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals.

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