“I’m at a complete loss of words here. Wayne I’ve known you over a decade,” T.I., real name Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., wrote on Instagram Saturday alongside a video of himself watching a clip of Wayne’s interview with ABC’s “Nightline” where he questioned the validity of Black Lives Matter.
“Our relationship outside of music is what makes me sensitive to your disposition. I KNOW you wired a bit different than most other responsible adults, but still [expletive] U TRIPPING!!!! I don’t know what you goin thru,or what you are attempting to avoid but this [expletive] is absolutely unacceptable!!!!” T.I. continued after explaining how their kids are close.
“You’re disrespecting yourself,bringing shame on your family name & tarnishing your legacy. You have children (including mines prior to now) that have looked up to you. You have sons & a daughter that depend upon your leadership. Bro if you don’t stand for something out here, all the money, jewelry, cars, mansions bandannas & hit records don’t mean [expletive].”
“Our people are being oppressed!!! We are being hunted,captured & slaughtered out here daily!!! You have to get outta that bubble that you’ve been living in & get out here & educate yourself on what’s going on around US!!!” T.I. wrote before offering to help Wayne realize the importance of Black Lives Matter and why Wayne’s comments hurt the cause.
“Stop embarrassing yourself & everyone out here who’s been supporting you. There is no middle ground. Oppression knows no neutral party,either you’re part of the oppressed,or you with the oppressor. There is no such thing as oppression not affecting you.”
Wayne originally called Black Lives Matter “weird” and said he did not feel connected to it. “I am a young, black, rich [expletive]. If that don’t let you know that America understand black [expletive] matter these days, I don’t know what it is. Don’t come at me with that dumb [expletive], ma’am. My life matter, especially to my [expletive],” Wayne said Tuesday.
“I don’t feel connected to a [expletive] thing that ain’t got nothin’ to do with me. If you do, you crazy as [expletive],” the 34-year-old added before he took out a red cloth and cut the interview short. “I’m connected to this flag right [expletive] here, because I’m connected. I’m a gang banger now,” he continued.
Soon afterwards, Wayne offered an apology explaining that he was negative towards Black Lives Matter due to earlier questions from reporter Linsey Davis about his daughter.
“When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a [expletive] and a hoe, I got agitated,” Wayne said. “From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses.”
“Apologies to anyone who was offended,” he said.