Says Lee: "I dislike Condoleezza Rice more than [President] Bush. The thing about it is that she's gotten a free ride from black people."
"People say, 'She's so successful' and 'Look at her position as a black woman.' She is a black woman who grew up in Birmingham, Ala., and said that she never experienced a day of racism in her life," Lee tells the April issue of Stuff magazine.
"Condi, stop smoking that crack!"
"I know you love your Ferragamo shoes, but come on. While people were drowning in New Orleans, she was going up and down Madison Ave. buying Ferragamo shoes. Then she went to see 'Spamalot.'"
You heard the man, Madame Secretary. Put down the crack pipe.
Why Rokerback 'Mountain'?
Silver-tongued Al Roker is a sought-after emcee on the charity circuit. But the "Today" show weatherman silenced the room with an odd remark on Wednesday during a benefit for the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, honoring chef Thomas Keller.
"He was very nice, spoke briefly, and then told the crowd he would let them get back to their 'Brokeback moment,'" says one bemused guest among an audience that included Peter Boyle, Maurice DuBois, Tim and Nina Zagat, and restaurateurs Marcus Samuelsson, Drew Nieporent and Daniel Boulud.
"No one had any idea what he meant. It was very weird."
Hil's fund-raiser tries free enterprise
Things aren't so good when you need to send out free tickets to a fund-raiser.
Senator Hillary Clinton's camp is quietly offering comps for a reelection event next Friday, to be held at Diane von Furstenberg's studio, meant to dig into the pockets of the gay community.
The former First Lady was damaged last month after a leaked internal memo from a gay rights group criticized her record on same-sex reform. The Empire State Pride Agenda's executive director, Alan Van Capelle, said he thought rewarding such a lackluster performance with a fund-raiser would "actually hurt" the gay community.
"I got two telephone calls from people who are high profile in the community, and they were asked to come for free," says one veteran activist. Paying guests of the fund-raiser are expected to part with at least $500.
New York Minute
Anna Nicole Smith disappointed fans of the judicial process by failing to attend a teaser of her new movie, "Illegal Aliens," Wednesday in Tribeca. Her handlers cited "security concerns" as the former Mrs. J. Howard Marshall is before the Supreme Court, trying to get her hooks into the billion-dollar-plus estate of her deceased husband. ... The New York Giants' Amani Toomer stopped by the Las Vegas Porsche dealership on Wednesday to write out a check for an $80,000 Cayenne Turbo. ... Would you rather buy a condo from John Legend or Seal? The competing crooners were promoting rival Manhattan developments on Thursday night, with Legend giving a private concert for guests of 20 Pine The Collection in the Financial District, and Seal serenading at the future site of the Avery at 65th and Riverside Drive. Reps for the latter address were mischievously putting it about that Legend himself had been asking about an apartment in their building, rather than the downtown tower that had booked his performance.
Don't Shoot the Messenger
# Which political daughter gave a recent interview to a sports Web site that had to be chopped to ribbons because of her repeated hostile references to her famous father, who, she said, never came to her events when she was growing up?