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Yesterday, a video went viral of a Christian mother of four tearfully ranting against the lyrical content of “Norf Norf” by Vince Staples. In the clip, the woman calls the Summertime ’06 track an example of the “crap” being played on her local radio station, adding, “We wonder why this society is so messed up — listen to the music.” She then struggles through her tears to read the lyrics.
The Internet responded with jeers and chuckles, with someone even going so far as to remix her recitation of the lyrics over the song’s beat. But while Staples himself agrees that the woman largely missed the point of the song, he also thinks online bullies need to back off. “I don’t think it’s funny at all,” Staples told The Independent when asked about the video. “It’s not right to attack someone over their stance, their opinions, and their religion. I think that’s very immature. It’s just not right that’s she’s being attacked. It’s not okay.” Staples went on to say, “In my eyes, she doesn’t look like a racist. She doesn’t look like a mean person.”
After feeling he was misquoted in The Independent, Staples further clarified his stance on Twitter earlier this morning. He said that he believes “the woman in that video is clearly confused on the context of the song which causes her to be frightened,” adding that she “seems to be emotionally unstable.” Still, that doesn’t take away her right to her own opinion. “No person needs to be attacked for their opinion on what they see to be appropriate for their children. They have a right to it,” he wrote. As a final thought, he expressed a desire to turn cultural misconceptions like this woman’s into constructive conversation. “This misunderstanding of our community leads to miscommunication which we should convert into a progressive dialogue.”
Read his tweets below.