Lil Wayne has had a turbulent life. He’s been rich and famous since he was a literal child, and he’s been battling his own demons for years. He’s not necessarily the person to ask if you’re looking for a nuanced political opinion. But it was still sad to see a noticeably out-of-it Wayne dismissing the entire idea of the Black Lives Matter movement and acting like he’d never even heard of it.
Last night, Nightline aired an interview with Wayne that he’d done to promote his new prison memoir Gone ‘Til November. Elaborating on a recent Fox Sports 1 appearance in which Wayne appeared to say that there was no such thing as racism, Wayne had this to say about Black Lives Matter: “That just sounds weird, I don’t know, that you put a name on it. It’s not a name, it’s not ‘whatever, whatever,’ it’s somebody got shot by a policeman for a fucked up reason… I am a young black rich motherfucker. If that don’t let you know that America understand black motherfuckers matter these days, I don’t know what it is… I don’t know what you mean, man, don’t come at me with that dumb ass shit, ma’am. My life matter. Especially to my bitches.” And then he looked up and winked at the camera.
Here’s the bit where he talked about Black Lives Matter:
Lil Wayne says he doesn't feel connected to Black Lives Matter movement. Watch tonight on Nightline at 12:35am ET. pic.twitter.com/28eBGfpSja
— Nightline (@Nightline) November 2, 2016
Wayne also ended the interview early, storming out and saying, “I ain’t no fucking politician.” About that much, at least, he is entirely correct. You can watch the full segment here.
UPDATE: Lil Wayne has apologized for his statements on Nightline. He told TMZ that questions about his daughter agitated him and clouded his thinking for further questions:
When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a bitch and a hoe, I got agitated. From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses…Apologies to anyone who was offended.