* BaseBreaker: His take on [[Film/OldBoy2013 remaking Oldboy]] can be considered this, feeling it's weak in comparison to the [[{{Film/Oldboy}} original]].
** Giving his own interpretation of the ending to DoTheRightThing, mainly due to others feeling that Lee is doing a nasty TakeThat to his audience (basically the interpretation is him saying "White people won't get the ending") while some feel it ruins the mystic of the ending interpretation, hitting DeathOfTheAuthor levels.
* MemeticMutation: "A Spike Lee Joint"
* MinorityShowGhetto: His focus on black people might cause his work to fall into this. His highest grossest film, ''Film/InsideMan'', does star black actor DenzelWashington, but features a more diverse cast than his highly praised, but less successful films like ''Malcolm X'' and ''Do the Right Thing''.