Jimmy Kimmel updates ‘Do the Right Thing’ for a newer, whiter Brooklyn

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Jimmy Kimmel Live! was in Brooklyn for a special week of shows, and Jimmy made numerous jokes throughout the week about the way Brooklyn has changed in the last decade, particularly the way it’s been gentrified and taken over by hipsters. Last night, he made the contrast very clear in a reimagining of Spike Lee’s 1989 film, Do the Right Thing, which portrayed tense race relations in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood.

Kimmel’s sequel, called Do the White Thing, takes all the tropes and characters from the film, but maps them onto the “problems” faced by residents of a wealthier, less diverse Brooklyn. “Water conservation’s everyone’s business, my brother,” says Billy Crudup as Mookie. “Yo! You just scuffed up my brand new white Converse!” shouts a bystander to a cyclist, before adding, “I want to thank you for that, cause it gives them that lived-in quality!” And Zooey Deschanel is triggered after Kimmel’s Sal calls her “princess.” The video features a host of cameos, including original cast member Rosie Perez, and Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav. Watch to see what happens when a riot demands to know the source of Sal’s pizza ingredients.

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