Lil Wayne has been receiving a lot of distain from the Black community after his remarks regarding his opinion of the Black Lives Matter movement. During an interview with Nightline, Wayne had this to say about BLM:
“What is it? What do you mean? That just sounds weird, I don’t know, that you put a name on. Its not a name it’s not, “whatever, whatever.” It’s somebody got shot by a policeman for a fucked up reason.”
“I am a young Black rich muthafucka. If that don’t let you know that America understands Black Lives fuckin matter tese days, I don’t know what it is.”
“My life matter, especially to my bitches.”
In the wake of the video going viral and causing an uproar on social media, Weezy has now apologized for his remarks and explained what prompted his outburst in the first place, in a statement released to TMZ.
Wayne claims he was provoked, since Davis was questioning him about his daughter:
“When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a bitch and a hoe, I got agitated,” Wayne reportedly said. “From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses.”
Those questions he’s referring to were ones Davis peppered him with regarding his songs’ lyrics. The reporter asked Wayne, “So, your daughter, would you have any problem with her being called a bitch or a hoe?” Wayne replied, “Yeah, if they calling her a bitch or a hoe, I have a huge problem with that.”
Lil Wayne also shared a message on Twitter in response to the heat he’s been receiving. He tweeted, “Is intelligence always misunderstood?” What that tweet means is up for interpretation, however neither the tweet or the explanation will do much to erase his original words in the minds of many Black people. No one has ever really looked to Wayne or most other entertainers for their political or social views, which leaves the question of why Nightline and many other mainstream media outlets chose that line of questioning in the first place.
Is intelligence always misunderstood?
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) November 2, 2016