Lil Wayne is convinced that racism doesn’t exist anymore because white people listen to his music and attend his concerts.
The Louisiana rapper came forward in an interview on the “Undisputed” Tuesday to dispel rumors of him possibly planning to retire from the rap game. But while fans of the artist may be glad that he’s not quitting hip-hop, his comments about race and racism are making some people scratch their heads.
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) September 13, 2016
After discussing his career and his rocky relationship with Cash Money record label co-founder Birdman, the conversation shifted to race and the political statements of athletes like Lebron James and Colin Kaepernick. Wayne was asked by host Skip Bayless what it felt like seeing sometimes predominantly white audiences at his concerts, particularly a recent concert in Westchester, New York.
“I don’t want to be bashed, because I don’t want to seem like I’m on the wrong side,” Wayne responded. “But I thought that was clearly a message that there was no such thing as racism.”
The 33-year-old explained that he doesn’t have one type of crowd but, rather, his fan base has always included “everybody.” Later, according to Pitchfork, the rapper said that he thinks millennials are distancing themselves from racism because it is “not cool to them.”
Wayne implied that he was aware that he might get criticized for his statement, and the people on Twitter definitely didn’t disappoint by calling him out for his comments:
— Amin Elhassan (@AminESPN) September 13, 2016
It's wild to hear people like lil Wayne & Cam Newton saying racism doesn't exist when they've been discriminated against from the jump.
— No One (@TGTheTruth) September 13, 2016
So with LiL Wayne logic, white slave masters who had slaves cooking their food weren't racist because they was in house taking care of them
— Tia (@tiaonthebrain) September 13, 2016
White kids loving rap music means there's no such thing as racism. Wow. pic.twitter.com/VFs48nA6pc
— Saint Pest (@KidFury) September 13, 2016
Lil Wayne saying there's no such thing as racism means he put himself back on that retirement list… in my mind
— $plashy (@SplashyStacks) September 13, 2016
@TiatheGem "Im lil wayne…ive been worshipped all my life" when he doesnt realize they worship his ability and fame… not his skin color.
— The Retrograde (@thecoolsection) September 13, 2016
It’s nice that Wayne’s music is embraced by white people, but given the reaction to Colin Kaepernick’s protest alone, it’s safe to say that racism is still most definitely a thing.