Colbert nails our ‘Graffiti girl’

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You gotta hand it to Stephen Colbert — he found a way to turn The Brooklyn Paper’s famed “Graffiti girl” into a notorious villain.

Tuesday night’s “Colbert Report” featured a segment on Natalie Shea, the 10th Street 6-year-old who got a warning letter from the city this fall after drawing on her front stoop with common sidewalk chalk.

Common? Not to Colbert.

“Natalie is a calcium sulfate junkie,” the “anchorman” said.

The segment recounted a story well known to readers of The Brooklyn Paper, namely how Natalie fought the law after a neighbor ratted her out to 311.

But it never let the girl off the hook.

“Like all junkies, she’s ruining the neighborho­od,” Colbert said.

The hilarious segment ended up blaming Natalie for everything from the decline in property values, the sub-prime mortgage crisis and, apparently, Spike Lee’s decision to throw a garbage can through the window of Sal’s Pizza at the end of his classic film, “Do the Right Thing.”

And, of course, The Brooklyn Paper made a cameo appearance.

Updated 4:01 pm, November 10, 2010
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PJ Jimenez from Williamsburg says:
Good for the girl, not for the paper. The cameo might lead to the Brooklyn Paper thinking about getting big and reporting on Manhattan stories.
March 6, 2008, 12:39 pm

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