Lil Wayne on Black Lives Matter: 'I don't feel connected'
Lil Wayne said he doesn’t feel “connected” to the Black Lives Matter movement in a new interview with Nightline, which aired late Tuesday night. The show posted a clip on Twitter hours before it premiered, previewing Wayne’s interview with reporter Lindsey Davis.
“What is it? What does it mean?” he said when when asked what he thought of 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 police for a f—ed up reason.”
He continued, “I’m a young, black, rich motherf—er. If that don’t let you know that America understand black sh– matter these days, I don’t know what it is … My sh– matter.”
When Davis pressed him to ask if he felt connected to the movement, though, he said, “I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothin’ to do with me.”
In the full segment that aired on ABC, the rapper walked out of the interview early after removing his mic. “I ain’t no f—in’ politician,” he said.
His Nightline comments echo remarks he made on Fox Sport’s 1’s Undisputed in October, when he said there was “no such thing as racism.” When asked to clarify that comment in the Associated Press, he told a story of being saved by a white police officer when he was 12 years old and accidentally shot himself in the chest. “Yeah, he was a cop, and my life was saved by a white man. I don’t know what racism is.”
See a preview of the Nightline episode.