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During a segment on FS1’s Undisputed program in September, Lil Wayne said that he doesn’t believe that racism exists anymore. As proof, he pointed to one of his recent concerts in New York, in which the crowd was predominantly white. “I thought that was clearly a message that there was no such thing as racism,” he explained.
Now, in a new interview on ABC’s Nightline, the Louisiana MC has doubled down on his comments, this time questioning the relevance of the Black Lives Matter movement, as Pitchfork points out. When discussing whether US society should be made aware that Black Lives Matter, Wayne said, “I am a young black rich motherfucker,” he said. “If that don’t let you know that America understand black motherfuckers matter these days, I don’t know what it is.”
Like his comments on racism, the rapper’s Nightline answers continued to take on an insular tone, as though the world outside of his own didn’t exist. Responding to a question about his ties, if any, to BLM, he replied, “I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothin’ to do with me. If you do, you crazy as shit. Not the camera, you. Feeling connected to something that ain’t got nothin’ to do with you? If it ain’t got nothin’ to do with me, I ain’t connected to it.”
While Wayne may not be in the trenches fighting on behalf of BLM — the way black artists like Vic Mensa, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Miguel, and Jamila Woods are — he’d be remiss not to think that racial issues don’t affect him. In fact, it wasn’t long ago that his own blackness was infamously turned into a cheap Halloween joke by white country bro Jason Aldean.
Update: In a follow-up segment with TMZ, Wayne apologized for his BLM comments, saying he hadn’t put much “thought” into his Nightline interview because of the reporter’s line of questioning. “When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a ‘bitch’ and a ‘hoe’, I got agitated,” he said. “From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses. Apologies to anyone who was offended.”