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.
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:
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.