Vince Staples has spoken out about the “Norf Norf Rant” video that went viral this week and shows a mother slamming Staples’ hit track “Norf Norf” through tears. She made the video after hearing the song on the radio with her daughter, and cries while reciting the lyrics.
Though headlines made fun of the clip, Vince said in a interview with The Independent, “I don’t think it’s funny at all. It’s not right to attack someone over their stance, their opinions, and their religion. I think that’s very immature.”
He continued, “We already have a lot of issues between black and white relations in this country based on misunderstandings. In my eyes, she doesn’t look like a racist. She doesn’t look like a mean person. It’s not very responsible for people to try to take that and jump, looking for some sort of commentary on these issues. It’s just not right that’s she’s being attacked. It’s not okay.”
After the interview came out, he also tweeted to clarify his comments. “What I was saying was that the woman in that video is clearly confused on the context of the song which causes her to be frightened. She also, in my opinion, seems to be emotionally unstable,” he said in a series of tweets. “With both those things being said, she has a right to her opinion. This misunderstanding of our community leads to miscommunication which we should convert into a progressive dialogue. Thats all I have to say about that. Stop asking me.”
See the original video above and all of Staples’ comments below.