In an interview with Skip Bayless, Lil Wayne addressed his retirement issues (he’s not going anywhere) and in another clip, said he’s never experienced racism?
The conversation began when Wayne was asked what his opinion was on the hot-button topic of the day—Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the National Anthem. Wayne, appearing a bit uncomfortable, offered a head-scratching response.
“I have no opinion on it because I’m not into it enough to even give an opinion,” he said.
He added that he had to have the entire issue explained to him, saying he didn’t even understand at first why Kaepernick was taking a knee during the anthem. He said he still doesn’t completely understand whats going on.
“That whole wave went by me too fast,” he said.
Even if Wayne somehow missed the discussion that’s been dominating headlines for the past couple of weeks (it’s possible, as he’s been dealing with his own issues), things took another strange turn when the New Orleans rapper said that he hadn’t ever dealt with racism in his life.
“God knows I have been nothing but blessed,” he continued. “My whole path these 33 years have been nothing but a blessing. I have never, and never is a strong word, never dealt with racism and I’m glad I didn’t have to. I don’t know if it’s because of my blessings but it is my reality. So, I’d have to say, that not only had I thought it was over, I believe it’s over, but obviously, it isn’t.”
Wayne certainly wouldn’t be the first black celebrity to make the silly claim that he’s never dealt with racism in a country that’s been built on the historic oppression and suppression of people of color. What’s really weird about Wayne’s interview is that just three weeks ago, he had an entire crowd chanting “Black Lives Matter” at his annual Weezyana Fest in New Orleans.
“We are black America. Black lives matter. Clothes don’t matter. Cars don’t matter. Nothing else matters because black lives matter,” he told the crowd at the festival in August.
So for him to now go on television and say that he’s basically disconnected from any experiences of racism is beyond odd. Bayless, who has been friends with Wayne for a while now, reminded the rapper of an experience they had after one of Wayne’s concerts in Westchester. Wayne told Bayless after the show that the only black face he saw in the audience was that of his make up artist, who was in the front row.
“A lot of white kids like rap, right? Explain that,” Bayless said. “What message does that send to you? What’s the greater picture of it?”
“Well, I don’t want to be bashed, cuz I don’t want to sound like I’m on the wrong — if there’s a side,” Wayne answered. “But to me, I thought that was clearly a message that there’s no such thing as racism.”
Alrighty then. Maybe this is just a sign that all celebrities aren’t necessarily equipped to speak about racism and social justice issues. At any rate, check out the clip above.