A$AP Rocky Criticizes Black Lives Matter Movement
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:15:29
A$AP Rocky has angered a number of people by asking 'How come black lives only matter when a police officer takes it?' The rapper also criticized the Black Lives Matter movement as a "bandwagon."
Speaking with Charlamagne Tha God on The Breakfast Club radio show the contentious rapper said "I hate when the bandwagon stuff starts. How come black lives only matter when a police officer takes it? It should matter when a black life takes it. It should always matter. All lives matter." He added: "I want to inspire. I want promote peace, because at a time like this, I don't have all the answers."
Following the deaths of unarmed civilians Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, who were shot by police officers earlier this month, the rapper remained silent on the Black Live Matter movement - a silence which has been broadly criticized by the hip-hop community.
In the 40-minute interview, Rocky also discussed his opinion in regard to the charges of sexual assault brought against Bill Cosby. Stating that he believed that the comedian is innocent, he said: "He did so many positive things leading up to one thing, which he was convicted of being innocent for, by the way. People don't even speak about that. All you remember is the 56 women and all that kind of s***."
Challenging the rapper's opinion, Charlamagne Tha God pointed out that out that 56 women is a lot of women to make accusations, Rocky responded: "Yeah, but he's a powerful man. Look, I'm not his lawyer, but I do know he's innocent. In the eyes of the law, they said he's innocent. So, nobody talks about that. All we know is that he was accused, he allegedly raped however many woman he raped which, it's so much issues in the world, you know what I'm saying?"
—The ARTISTdirect Staff