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Jimmy Kimmel Parodies Brooklyn Gentrification in 'Do the White Thing'

By Camille Bautista | October 26, 2015 8:52am
 Jimmy Kimmel pokes fun of a changing Brooklyn with
Jimmy Kimmel pokes fun of a changing Brooklyn with "Do the White Thing," a sequel to Spike Lee's classic, "Do the Right Thing."
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Long gone are the “do or die” days of Bed-Stuy, according to a Jimmy Kimmel sketch parodying Spike Lee’s classic “Do the Right Thing.”

Kimmel pokes fun at a changing Brooklyn in his sequel, “Do the Right Thing 2: Do the White Thing,” where “I (heart) KALE” is scrawled on the sidewalk and bearded neighbors bond with their cellphones on brownstone stoops.

Fans of the 1989 original will recognize iconic scenes and characters, albeit with the neighborhood’s more current sights and sounds.

Instead of Buggin’ Out getting his Air Jordans scuffed, today’s Bed-Stuy resident thanks a local cyclist for dirtying his brand-new white Converse and giving it that “lived-in quality.”

Radio Raheem is replaced by a cardigan-wearing Vinyl Raheem and Mookie corrects pizzeria owner Sal on his pronunciation of “quinoa.”

Familiar faces also make an appearance. Rosie Perez reprises her role as Tina and Billy Crudup, Zooey Deschanel and “Girls” actors Alex Karpovsky and Andrew Rannels join the cast.

Tensions at Sal’s Famous Pizzeria are sparked over the lack of thrift shop finds on portrait subjects along the walls, and just when you think Mookie’s about to make a statement by throwing a garbage can into the storefront, he calls on a protesting group to sort the trash.

“This would never happen in the Bronx,” Kimmel’s character says as he shakes he head.

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