In a new interview with ABC’s newsmagazine Nightline, Grammy award-winning rapper Lil Wayne distanced himself from the ever-growing Black Lives Matter movement by saying he doesn’t “feel connected.”
“That just sounds weird, I don’t know that you put a name on — it’s not a name; it’s not ‘whatever, whatever,’” Wayne told Nightline‘s Linsey Davis when she asked his thoughts on the movement. “It’s somebody got shot by a policeman for a f–ked up reason.”
After Davis clarified the plight of Black Lives Matter, Wayne incredulously responded: “I am a young, black, rich motherf—-r. If that don’t let you know that America understand black motherf—–g lives matter these days, I don’t know what it is. Don’t come at me with that dumb s—, ma’am. My life matters, especially to my b—–s,” he said.
“Do you separate yourself from it?” Davis asked.
“I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothin’ to do with me. If you do, you crazy as s–t. You,” he said, pointing at Davis. “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.”
He pulled a red flag from underneath, then riffed: “I’m connected to this motherf—–g flag. I’m a gang banger, man. I’m connected.”
He then abruptly ended the interview.
What’s disheartening about his aloof series of statements is that just three weeks ago, we joyfully celebrated and dissected Wayne’s “Mad” verse on Solange’s unapologetic ode to Blackness, A Seat At The Table.
We already have a hard enough time convincing a majority of the White population that Black lives do indeed matter; now we’re expected to persuade one of our own? We don’t have time.
See the full interview above.
SOURCE: ABC News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter