In Spike Lee’s Bed Stuy — a neighborhood full of blacks, Italians, Hispanics and Koreans — the personal most definitely is political, though Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito) seems to be the only resident who is willing to say so, the only one who is willing to agitate. A regular customer at Sal’s (Danny Aiello) pizza parlor, he’s insulted by the lack of black faces on the wall of honor, despite the fact that the eatery is in an overwhelmingly black area, and tries to start a boycott. His appearance — a shock of frizzy hair and wide-eyed look — matches his name, an urban expression for someone who’s acting crazy. Yet by film’s end, as a riot breaks out and the police choke someone to death, it can be argued that everyone’s buggin’ out.
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