LA Lakers star Lebron James apologized for posting rap lyrics on his Instagram story that many are claiming to be Anti-Semitic.
James posted a pic of himself with the caption “We been getting that Jewish money, Everything is Kosher”, a line he took from Rapper 21 Savage’s song “ASMR”. Lebron deleted the post after receiving backlash from the internet. James told ESPN, “Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone. That’s not why I chose to share that lyric. I always post lyrics. That’s what I do. I ride in my car, I listen to great music and that was the byproduct of it,” he explained. “So, I actually thought it was a compliment and obviously it wasn’t through the lens of a lot of people. My apologies. It definitely was not the intent, obviously, to hurt anybody.”
After Lebron’s public apology, 21 Savage followed suit. 21 tweeted, “The Jewish people I know are very wise with there money so that’s why I said we been gettin Jewish money I never thought anyone would take offense I’m sorry if I offended everybody never my intention I love all people.” One person responded to 21 Savage’s tweet by saying, “As a Jew I took the lyric as nothing but a compliment”. Another person responded, “Rappers are apologizing for lyrics. Streets is DONE”.
I posted this story on my Instagram page @Lauren_Sizzle. However, I didn't leave my personal take on the topic since that would create an extremely long caption that would possibly be left unread. My thoughts to those questions are:
Should Lebron James and 21 Savage have apologized? I think it was important that they apologized for what they posted. #1. Had they not apologized, their intentions would seem malicious. #2. They should apologize for the sake of their individual brands. Are they wrong for their lack of knowledge? That can be a challenging question. When you don't know something, you just don't know. Many people often find out the hard way resulting in some serious backlash, as is the case in this situation. This is why it was a good idea to apologize simply because they didn't know. Personally, I didn't know either and I looked at the lyrics as a compliment. So, did some Jewish individuals. No one takes the time to understand each other's cultures. People learn the stereotypes that relate to different races and cultures and they take that at face value. This is what happens! Sad, but true!
Rap Icon/Mogul Jay-Z (hands down my favorite rapper) discusses the financial success of the Jewish community in his "The Story of O.J." song on his most recent album titled "444". He writes, "You wanna know what's more important than throwin' away money at a strip club? Credit. You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This how they did it." Not one single mention of Anti-Semitism as far as I know. Not one outcry. I took this to be positive information geared towards educating the minority community on financial success. Apparently, no one complained... and they should NOT!
Now, "Today Show" ex-Host Megyn Kelly said that she thought dressing up as "Blackface" on Halloween was okay, as long as you were dressing up as a character. If you know the history behind "Blackface", you know that Blackface is a derogatory character created to bring shame and embarrassment to African-Americans, while portraying them in one of the most negative ways possible. Non-Black actors painted themselves black in order to portray a Black character, but the roles were always demeaning. Megyn claimed that she did not know the history behind "Blackface", but she has been known to say some racist and controversial things. People weren't buying her "I didn't know" excuse and neither was NBC who ultimately let her go. Apology unaccepted in this case! Is there a need to learn other culture as to avoid these types of mistakes, I definitely think so!
Will 21 Savage's apology change the rap game? I hope not, but it's definitely a possibility! Now, rappers will have to watch what they say and do, so that they don't offend anyone. They're going to have to be politically correct in today's society, which is a necessity since we want to respect all races, cultures, genders, and sexual preferences. Social media trolls are definitely on guard! Beware!
What are your thoughts? Leave a comment!