'What's Wrong With That Lady': Spike Lee Speaks On Owner Of 'Bullet Hole' Bar Summerhill
Spike Lee is also not pleased with the owner of Summerhill.
Speaking with Gothamist ahead of his film Crooklyn being chosen for New York’s inaugural “One Film, One New York” competition, Lee discussed a number of topics with the publication and also offered his thoughts on the controversy surrounding Summerhill and its owner, Becca Brennan.
“What’s wrong with that lady? [laughs] It’s what I’ve talked about before — people are moving into these neighborhoods with no respect for the culture, and that’s a brazen example of it,” Lee said. “Why would you think that bullet holes would be part of the decor? Why would you try to change the name of Harlem to SoHa or NoHa? Why would you do that? It’s bullshit.”
Three weeks ago came news that Brennan had attended a meeting to listen and respond to Crown Heights residents who were outraged with her promoting the Brooklyn bar’s “bullet-hole” walls, saying Brennan was exploiting the neighborhood’s violent past for profit.
She tried to backpedal on promoting the wall as such during the meeting, saying:
I loved it. I think it looks nice. People would come in and say, ‘Are you keeping that wall?’ And I said yes. And some people would say, ‘Are those bullet holes?’ And I never once to a person said, ‘Yes, those are bullet holes.’ They are obviously holes from anchors in the wall. That’s where the soda fridge was when the bodega was there, ok?
So, I’m sorry I have a sense of humor, and…I was alluding to the fact that people asked if those were bullet holes and I was more trying to focus on the fact that I was keeping the integrity of this one hundred-year-old building, and trying not to cover up the history of my neighborhood and that corner. That’s what happened, right? So there was no ill intention, there was no malice. And there was offense taken and I immediately apologized that that offense was taken. And you wouldn’t leave me alone after that and it wasn’t enough. You moved the goalposts.
During the meeting, Brennan only made tensions worse when Charles Joyner, a Crown Heights resident, asked the bar owner if she had any remorse.
“I’m very sorry that you were offended,” Brennan responded.
Geoffrey Davis, the local district leader who put together the meeting, said that he will actively work to close Summerhill if the bar does not land in his favor.