Sunday, November 13, 2005

How I Ticked Off Spike Lee...

Some of you have asked about what I said about ticking off Spike Lee in my TriMeme post yesterday. Turns out it was one of the true statements (I do own a voodoo doll and I play 2, not 5 instruments).

Once upon a time, I was the assistant fashion stylist at BET and my boss, assistant & I created their wardrobe dept. We maintained the wardrobe room with thousands of dollars worth of mostly loaned merchandise for the 10 hosts we had to dress for the network. It was a glamorous, but stressful, underpaying job.

Spike Lee was in town to shoot a commercial at the studio bldg. our wardrobe room was in. We were asked to loan him a clothing rack from our room. No prob. As I wheeled it to his dressing room, I passed the makeup room and saw his stylists on the phone and wasting time. I rolled it in to him and introduced myself. As I was walking back out, he unzipped his garment bag and held up his clothes. "Hey, aren't you going to steam these for me?" he asked. "No," I said. He got pretty indignant with me and said, "Well, you are the stylist, aren't you?" I said, "Yes, but I'm not yours. I'll be happy to get them for you" and walked right on out. He looked pretty surprised, but I figured his stylists were getting paid very very well--more than I was. Let them earn their money, lol.

And that, ladies and any gentlemen readers, is how I ticked off Spike Lee.

6 comments:

Deb R said...

I swear Elle, I think you have had a fascinating life so far and you're still young! I hope you're keeping track of all this so you can write an autobiography some day.

Karoda said...

Yes, Elle, I agree with debr...that was pretty funny imagining what Spike Lee must have looked like getting indignant with you.

mary m. said...

Elle,

I'm proud of you...you ARE such a multi-dimensional character. One day Spike Lee will be bragging that he met YOU!

Gerrie said...

Love that story. I agree - you have had one interesting life so far and I really hope you find your bliss!!

Sonji Hunt said...

I'm glad that you told Spike to get his own stylist to steam the loaned clothing. You have had quite an interesting life so far. I'll wait for the memoir please.

Vikki said...

Elle,

That story is too cute. I loved how you kept it real. lol