Lil Wayne Gets Ripped to Shreds Over Black Lives Matter Comments

Rapper catches major heat for distancing himself from movement

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Recording artist Lil Wayne performs onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Lil Wayne doesn’t care about Black Lives Matter. Twitter, on the other hand, cares very much about his dismissal of the movement.

The rapper suffered evisceration by social media on Wednesday, after declaring in a “Nightline” interview that he doesn’t feel connected to the movement, which gained momentum after a rash of police shootings.

“What is it? What do you mean?” Lil Wayne said, when asked for his thoughts on Black Lives Matter. “It just sounds weird. I don’t know that you should put a name on it. It’s not a name, it’s not whatever, whatever. It’s, somebody got shot by the police.”

The rapper then pointed to his own success as proof of social change in the nation.

“If that don’t let you know that America understands black [expletive] matter these days, I don’t know what it is. Don’t come at me with that dumb sh-t, man,” the rapper declared.

Asked if he separates himself from the Black Lives Matter movement, Lil Wayne replied, “I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothing to do with me. If you do, you’re crazy.”

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The Twitterati wasted little time in ripping into Lil Wayne over the comments.

Lil Wayne is making money now. He forgot he was a young black kid from the streets of New Orleans that was racially profiled,” one detractor offered.

Lil Wayne doesn’t agree with black lives matter. You’d think a millionaire with face tats & a codeine problem would be more socially aware,” another critic scoffed.

“Extremely disappointed in Lil Wayne…” another simply offered.

Yet another observer theorized that Lil Wayne is just one part of a larger problem in hip-hop, writing, “Labels used hiphop to commodify Black poverty then monetized it selling it to white suburbia. Lil Wayne is just another cog in that machine.”

“Take away the grills and the purple drank and Lil Wayne is basically just a white dude. He even likes skateboarding,” another critic scoffed.

“LIL WAYNE IS CANCELLED!” went one particularly impassioned tweet.

“Can’t believe the man who recorded God Bless Amerika & How To Love could be this clueless. I’m done with Lil Wayne,” went another lament.

Read on for more choice reactions.