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Brooklyn-born movie director Spike Lee is still ornery after all these years.(ny daily news)
"I got less patience now," the 49-year-old Lee tells GQ, adding that he can't tolerate "incompetence and laziness — people who don't care, don't have any pride, just do things sloppy and half-a—."
So his upcoming HBO documentary on Hurricane Katrina, "When the Levees Broke," probably won't go easy on the Bush administration. Lee says he tracked down footage of New Orleans resident Ben Marble urging the visiting vice president, "Go f— yourself, Mr. Cheney."
Lee also parses the N-word. "I have not been in the presence of any young African-Americans who are comfortable with even their friends using that word. And certainly none of my white friends — I have a lot — are ever gonna say, 'Whassup, my n—?'" he tells the mag. "Here in New York, a guy named Nick Minucci just went to the hoosegow for taking a bat to a black man's head while calling him a n—. Fat Nick's defense was that he grew up hearing the word n— used as a term of endearment on rap records." Lee laughs hysterically. "Like, between swings of the baseball bat to the man's head, he was sayin', 'Whassup, my n—?' Whap!"