Celebrities have the unique privilege of having a platform and therefore, the attention of the world. Sometimes they use that power to entertain and make money, but they can also use it for various causes. Now that there is the Black Lives Matter movement, many black celebrities have been asked to speak out about it. Some black artists have even given performances and speeches about it like Pharrell, Beyoncé, and more. But not all black celebrities have been supportive, here are seven who spoke out against the movement.
1. Lil Wayne
The rapper shocked fans with his recent comments on race and the movement. It all started when he appeared on Skip and Shannon: Undisputed. There he was asked about his thoughts Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest. Lil Wayne then spoke about how his concert audiences are usually white and therefore he doesn’t think racism still exists.
I thought that was clearly a message that there was no such thing as racism. I thought that was a perfect example. When I look out and I’m coming out the bottom of the stage to do my show on tour and I’m in my stance or whatever and I open my eyes, I see everybody. I don’t have a ‘this’ type of crowd or ‘that’ type of crowd. My crowd has always been everybody.
The controversy didn’t stop there. Soon after he went on Nightline and said he didn’t feel any attachment to Black Lives Matter at all. “I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothing to do with me,” he said. “My life matter, especially to my b*tches.” He also used his own success as an example, “I’m a young, black, rich motherf*cker. If that don’t let you know that America understand.”
After a lot of backlash, the rapper apologized for his comments. “When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a b*tch and a h*e, I got agitated,” he explained to TMZ. “From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses. Apologies to anyone who was offended.”
2. Spike Lee
Black Lives Matter is a movement focused on police brutality, but many critics try to derail the conversation by bringing up black-on-black crime. Sadly, the black film director did the same while he was doing press for his recent movie, Chi-Raq. “We cannot be out there,” he said on CNN, “and then when it comes to young brothers killing themselves, then mum’s the word. No one’s saying nothing? It’s got to be both ends.” He continued, saying that he’s “all for Black Lives Matter, we as a people can’t be blind.”
3. Fetty Wap
The rapper took to Twitter to talk about his thoughts on the movement. “My kids are Mixed … #AllLivesMatter,” he tweeted. This led to outrage from his fans because the Black Lives Matter movement is named such because that’s who has been highly targeted by police brutality.
He later followed up with an apology. “I apologized a to a thousand ppl because I didn’t fully understand the hashtag I really sorry to those who I offended …” he continued. “On my life I would never disrespect nobody family I ain’t better than no one I just was speakin for my kids not knowing the full meaning I can take criticism, but I’m man enough to apologize.”
4. Stacey Dash
The actress has been very outspoken about her political opinions and her thoughts on race. So it’s not surprising that she is one of the few celebrities who took a hard stance against the movement. “The truth is this: The Black Lives Matter crowd invites racism and violence …” she wrote for Patheos. “Especially against the very people who risk their lives everyday to protect us. I’m glad that Hasselbeck had the guts to call them out.”
5. Charles Barkley
The retired basketball player and analyst has spoken out against the movement for calling out cops and focusing on the fact that cops guilty of police brutality aren’t usually held accountable by the law. He thinks there are problems from the black community as well, according to USA Today.
As I’ve said before, and some people criticized me. I told them to kiss my a** because I can. We in the black community, we need the cops. Cops are important. They’re very significant. We as black people gotta do a better job of policing ourselves. The cops have made some mistakes — I think everybody has to admit that. But we just can’t as black people, every time something goes wrong, say it’s the cops’ fault. We have done some damage to our own neighborhood, and we’ve got to do better in that aspect.
6. Columbus Short
The actor gave a very weird comment in regard to the Black Lives Matter movement when he said that black people are victims of police brutality, but still supported the very slogan that criticizes the movement.
ALL LIVES MATTER! Especially the alligator closest to the boat which is black lives. Unfollow me I do. Not. Care. It’s time to transcend
— Columbus Short (@ColumbusShort1) July 8, 2016
The former co-host of The View is also a fan of the All Lives Matter campaign. “I understand what the ‘Black Lives Matter’ hashtag means,” she said on the show. “It came in conjunction with everything that was going on with the police in Ferguson. You have to be sensitive in that statement, but he is right, all lives matter … I think you have to open yourself up. It should be all lives matter.”
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