YG’s music video shoot at a protest in Los Angeles draws criticism from social media.
Over the weekend, more than 20,000 people marched down Hollywood Boulevard to protest racial injustice and police brutality — as exemplified by the May killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man — and also support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Near Highland Street, the rapper was seen filming a music video for his song “FTP,” a recently released track that criticizes authorities who use excessive force.
As seen on the musician’s Instagram page:
However, a couple of Twitter users questioned the MC’s intentions, and believed he was taking advantage of the demonstrations for his own benefit.
“YG getting 20,000 ppl to Hollywood and Vine to ‘protest’ only to shoot a music video...where he uses them as a backdrop...in the middle of a pandemic... is the weakest ---- I’ve ever heard,” wrote one commenter.
“It’s completely inappropriate and opportunistic to shoot a music video at a protest meant to mobilize people in LA & uplift those murdered by police & demand justice. It’s not the place. Not the time. And not the move,” another said.
After receiving backlash, YG went on social media and defended his actions.
“For anyone out there talking, I don’t question your advocacy and don’t think you should question mine,” he began his message.
In his note, YG says people perceive him as “a kid from [Compton, California] and they expect violence” and “don’t see the black proud man” that he is.
“They hear ‘FTP’ and they think I’m gonna come and burn my city,” he added.
However, by proving that thousands can come together and peacefully support Black Lives Matter, the rapper believes his music video acts to dismantle archaic racist stereotypes about the black community.
“So we showed up and did it right. We proved them wrong. The real story here is me and Black Lives Matter brought out 50,000 people today to peacefully protest and unite for change,” he explained. “I wanted to document that so when they hear this song and think we are reckless and violent they see a peaceful protest of all different people coming together for a common cause. That is history. That is breaking down these stereotypes on our people and our neighborhoods.”
“All of us protesting are on the same side here. Instead of questioning each other’s activism we should be directing that energy at the cops and the government and helping to create the change we want to see,” he continued. “Stay focused and stop that social media judgement without knowing facts and hurting a cause we all a part of. We got a real enemy and it ain’t each other.”