The famous Black rapper stated in an interview that he isn’t connected to the Black rights movement, as it has nothing to do with him.
In an interview with ABC’s Nightline, popular Black Rapper Lil Wayne responded to a question concerning the Black rights movement: Black Lives Matter, by saying that he wasn’t connected to the movement, due to the fact that it had nothing to do with him. What prompted the famous recording artist to utter those words? Find out below from the carefully collected information from various sources.
The Huffington Post
Lil Wayne is at it again. The popular Black rapper has weighed in on race in America, and his comments have left many black people shaking their heads in dismay.
— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) November 2, 2016
In a new interview with Linsey Davis on ABC’s “Nightline” that aired Tuesday night, Wayne sat down to talk about his music, his success, and his feelings about race in America. In a preview clip shared by Nightline ahead of the episode, the rapper said that he doesn’t feel “connected” to the Black Lives Matter movement. Indeed, in the clip below, it seems as though he’s never even heard of it:
“What is it? What do you mean? That just sounds weird,” Wayne replied when asked about the anti-police brutality movement.
“I don’t know, that you put a name on it…It’s not a name, it’s not, ‘whatever whatever.’ It’s somebody got shot by a policeman for a fucked up reason.”
He added: “I am a young, black rich motherfucker. If that don’t let you know that America understand black motherfuckers matter these days, I don’t know what it is. That man white, he filmin’ me. Read more
a few months ago, lil wayne was screaming “black lives matter” at his concert but now all of a sudden he doesn’t know what it is? pic.twitter.com/E5qC80fM2W
— ㅤ (@kayyebby) November 2, 2016
New York Daily News
The “Lollipop” artist grew visibly more irritated as the interview wore on, at one point throwing his hands up in the air and briefly breaking eye contact with Davis.
“I don’t know what you mean, man,” he said. “Don’t come at me with that … ma’am. My life matter.”
He eventually ditched the interview, proclaiming he’s not a “politician” as he walked off set, according to The Guardian.
— Complex (@ComplexMag) November 2, 2016
Wayne followed up his appearance on the ABC show with a tweet Wednesday asking, “Is intelligence always misunderstood?”
He also spoke later to TMZ and blamed his tirade on the interviewer’s questions.
“When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a b—h and a h-e, I got agitated,” he said. “From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses.”
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) November 2, 2016
“Apologies to anyone who was offended.”
The explosive interview aired less than two months after Wayne explained during an appearance on Fox Sports 1’s “Undisputed” that he didn’t believe racism existed after he performed in front of a predominantly white audience in Westchester.
“I thought that was clearly a message that there was no such thing as racism,” Wayne told hosts, Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe. “That’s what I thought that was. That was a perfect example.”
In the same conversation, the Black rapper chose not to delve into San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s politically charged protest of the national anthem, saying he respected the NFL star but didn’t know enough about the situation to assess it. See more
interviewer: so do black lives matter ? does it AFFECT you?
lil Wayne: pic.twitter.com/x0LmGsXqEs
— ruqayah (@supitsrikki) November 2, 2016
It’s quite disappointing to see a popular Black rapper like Lil Wayne to be so ignorant on matters as delicate as this. Well, it’s not as if he’s the only person who feels this way. There are many Black people, especially those of the older generation, who have no idea about what the Black Lives Matter movement is all about. Their inability to see how systemic racism affects their day to day life doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.