Rapper ASAP Rocky was slammed by hundreds of netizens Friday after a year-old interview resurfaced. When he sat down with TimeOut Magazine last year, ASAP Rocky talked about how he didn’t want to get involved in politics.
I think ASAP Rocky's statements are disgusting bc you don't have to be a political activist to speak on your ppl being killed.
— Menstruation Nation (@harihkat) July 15, 2016
When he was asked if he ever felt he was “being forced” to address the issue, he gave the following response:
“They're not forcing me to do s---. I'm just gonna stay black and die. Why, because I'm black? So every time something happens because I'm black I gotta stand up? What the f--- am I, Al Sharpton now? I'm ASAP Rocky. I did not sign up to be no political activist. I wanna talk about my mother------ lean, my best friend dying, the girls that come in and out of my life, the jiggy fashion that I wear, my new inspirations in drugs! I don't wanna talk about no f------- Ferguson and s--- because I don't live over there! I live in f------ Soho and Beverly Hills. I can't relate. I'm in the studio; I'm in these fashion studios; I'm in these b------ drawers. I'm not doing anything outside of that. That's my life.”
While some fans attacked ASAP Rocky, saying they were shocked he made a statement like that, other Twitter users defended him. Some maintained ASAP Rocky changed his views from last year and recently appeared in a promotional video for the Black Lives Matter movement.
so that ASAP Rocky quote is old and he has since changed his views? Growth is growth.
— thefox. (@LexTheFox) July 15, 2016
People quick to come at ASAP Rocky but he was just in a video with supporting BlackLivesMatter. That whole quote was old. Yall pay attention
— J.J. (@_dosjay) July 15, 2016
The article with ASAP Rocky is old, but he recently stood with BLM. Stop the Twitter bullying. pic.twitter.com/aSFKoFFQB9
— Hardys Closet® (@HardysCloset) July 15, 2016