How Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It reboot takes aim at gentrified Brooklyn

How Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It reboot takes aim at gentrified Brooklyn

Lee’s 10-part Netflix remix of his 1986 comedy takes place in a neighborhood that’s become overpriced for and underpopulated by a community squeezed out

Late in the series She’s Gotta Have It, the 10-episode Netflix reboot of Spike Lee’s 1986 film, an unnamed vandal begins painting bright green letter Gs on to the million-dollar brownstones in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Fort Greene. The G, it is supposed, stands for “gentrification”, which is what makes the brownstones cost that much in the first place, and invites cartoonishly uptight white women, such as the character Bianca, who wakes up to find two such emblems spray-painted on her building, into the neighborhood.

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