Tokyo Jetz has issued an apology for a viral video where she is seen joking about George Floyd’s fatal incident with a Minneapolis policeman.
In an Instagram Story posted to the account of @iamhairphysician, the female MC is seen flippantly putting her male friend in a chokehold before she is heard saying, “Ima George Floyd your ------------- ass.”
Last Monday, Floyd was pronounced dead after now-former policeman Derek Chauvin was seen on video pinning his knee on Floyd’s neck. The incident has sparked numerous protests around the world, shedding light on issues such as racial injustice and police brutality. Last Friday, Chauvin was arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.
After the clip with Tokyo circulated around the Internet, many social media users slammed the musician for making light of Floyd’s passing.
“Oh wow Tokyo Jetz was very out of line… we all making lil jokes and laughing at certain ---- but what she was said was very insensitive, saying that wild ---- out of her mouth,” one commenter wrote.
“At no point ever should a George Floyd or Eric Garner, or any situation like this be mocked or joked with. So for Tokyo Jetz to do that ---- right after it’s happened… Can’t ever ---- with you now,” another said, referencing the 2014 death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who was put in an apparent chokehold by an NYPD officer.
“Outta line period. No excuses!” a different social media user exclaimed.
Monday on Instagram, Tokyo posted an emotional video in which she apologizes for the controversial clip.
“I’m sorry, I messed up big time. Nothing excuses what I’ve said and done, but I do really want everyone to know I’m not proud of it and sincerely apologize,” she wrote in the caption.