“My expectations have already decreased so much for mankind in the past couple weeks that this hardly surprised me,” the rapper wrote on Instagram.
By Jasmine Washington, Ebony
T.I. is leading the charge of rappers speaking out against Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham. The controversial right-wing host came under fire for making jokes while covering Nipsey Hussle’s memorial service, which took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday.
During Friday’s episode of The Ingraham Angle, the host said, “Now this dear artist recently released a song called ‘FDT’—F Donald Trump’”—before airing scenes from the song’s video in which the late rapper was not present. Hussle appeared on the 2016 track with fellow emcee YG, the subject featured in the clip.
Ingraham and journalist Raymond Arroyo laughed as they analyzed the lyrics of the song. “Now, that’s a very creative refrain,” said Ingraham. “Very catchy,” opined Arroyo. She then responded with quips about the unemployment rate in the African-American community since Donald Trump’s presidency.
On Sunday, T.I. reposted a segment from Ingraham’s show on Instagram and captioned it with, “My expectations have already decreased so much for mankind in the past couple weeks that this hardly surprised me, especially from FOX News.”
He added, “But rest assured that sooner than later you’ll BOTH see. We all get our turn to live through our own personal tragedy and watch how many people dance in the streets, laugh and crack distasteful inappropriate jokes when its YOUR TURN.”
Ingraham, no stranger to backlash, sparked controversy earlier this year after she suggested LeBron James “Shut up and dribble.”
In February, she said, “This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA,” after James publicly criticized Trump. “Millions elected Trump to be their coach. Keep the political commentary to yourself or as someone just said, ‘shut up and dribble.’”
Along with Charlamagne Tha God naming Ingraham the “Donkey of The Day” on Monday, calls for Ingraham’s termination were spread by social media users and celebrities such as The Game and Tank.
Check out their responses below:
Here's Laura Ingraham mocking a murder victim, just hours after he was laid to rest, because he opposed Trump 3 years ago. (Also, the man rapping in that video is YG, a person who is not Nipsey Hussle.) For shame.pic.twitter.com/02iBYdr5wo
— Angela Morabito (@AngelaLMorabito) April 13, 2019
How about you publicly apologize to the family of @NipseyHussle for disrespecting his name by lying about his music by showing another rapper’s song and video! You and your staff need to be fired!
— 828 Music Group (@GodfatherNsoul) April 14, 2019
Gotta call out your own when they misbehave.
Laura Ingraham should be ashamed. This man (Nipsey) did a lot of good and was widely respected.
She should apologize and genuinely consider why she shows this much disregard for a man's life. https://t.co/Vkk12qPSyZ
— Benjamin Wilson (@GentleBen187) April 14, 2019
This article originally appeared in Ebony.