“Voice” host Carson Daly was criticized for a tweet he issued about the unrest in Baltimore, which followed the funeral of Freddie Gray on Monday. The 25-year-old man died in police custody of injuries apparently sustained during his arrest.
Daly, 41, took to his Twitter account to comment about the conflict in Baltimore. “Really sucks to see these lawless looters ruining the great city of @Baltimore. This isn’t protest, this is a violent attack on your OWN city,” the host said. Though the message was removed from his accounts, hundreds of people took screenshots of the tweet and shared it.
— BRANDON WARDELL (@BRANDONWARDELL) April 27, 2015
For reference, “lawless” is a term that Baltimore Police Department spokesman Eric Kowalcyzk used during a press conference Monday. He also called them "outrageous criminals" who "attacked our officers."
As Twitter users began to slam Daly for his comment, he issued another statement. “Not worth all the hate,” he wrote in response to one critic. “This whole thing is sad to watch. All of it. I hope no more people get hurt that’s all.”
“Carson Daly” soon became a top-trending Twitter topic Monday, as offended users continued to discuss his statement. Some said he should not be involved in the conversation and others remarked that it was Daly’s “white privilege” speaking.
Carson Daly's white privilege is so strong, he thought he was trending because everyone agreed with him.
— catcher of the fry (@CatlinMichael) April 27, 2015
If we can raise awareness about police brutality AND finally get Carson Daly out of here...that would be a magical monday.
— FriendlyBlackHottie (@HollyGoNightly1) April 27, 2015
CARSON DALY DOES NOT SPEAK FOR ALL WHITE PEOPLE.
— INTUITION (@ItsIntuition) April 27, 2015
Carson Daly need not interject himself into this conversation, at all. Good day sir.
— The Kitchenista (@MissAngelaDavis) April 27, 2015
Others poked fun at the former “Total Request Live” host and said they didn’t know he was still relevant.
Good to see Carson Daly take time from being painfully irrelevant to weigh in on what's happening in Baltimore.
— Fed-Up On Vodquila (@thewayoftheid) April 27, 2015
This is the most anyone has tuned into Carson Daly since TRL.
— - (@KiddFuture) April 27, 2015
To watch live stream photo of the unrest in Baltimore, click here.
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