Posted on July 14, 2004

Spike’s Pointed Remark

Daily News (NY), Jul. 13

Don’t go looking for Spike Lee at any NASCAR events this summer.

The ornery movie director and Knicks fanatic nurses a paranoid fantasy about the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing circuit.

“I just imagine hearing some country-and-Western song over a loudspeaker at NASCAR: ‘Hang them n — up high! Hang them n — up high!’ I’m not going to no NASCAR,” Lee vows in the August issue of Playboy.

Lee, husband of “Gotham Diaries” novelist Tonya Lewis Lee, shares some equally provocative observations about Lakers star and rape defendant Kobe Bryant and embattled R&B star R. Kelly.

“I was telling my wife that the Knicks may be getting Kobe, and her feeling was, Why would the Knicks want Kobe Bryant, an alleged rapist?” Lee recounts. But “in the sports realm today, the bottom line is to win. If a great athlete has some character flaw or problems, that’s overlooked as long as he is able to perform.”

Lee — whose latest movie, “She Hate Me,” is due out July 30 — is less forgiving of Kelly, who was accused of having videotaped illicit sex with a 14-year-old girl.

“I can’t make that separation,” Lee says. “I saw that DVD with him and those girls. I have a 9-year-old daughter. I look at him in a different light now. I can’t listen to his music, and I wouldn’t buy a record of his.”

Ditto 50 Cent.

“What was the title of 50 Cent’s debut album? ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’,’” Lee says. “When young African-Americans live by the code ‘Get rich or die tryin’,’ it’s a very sad state.”

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