It’s been a very bad day for MSNB’s “Morning Joe” folks, who had to walk back comments they made Wednesday morning that blamed rap music for the racist frat song in Oklahoma.
Co-host Mika Brzezinski began by noting that rapper Waka Flocka Flame pulled out of a scheduled performance at the University of Oklahoma after video surfaced of white Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat members singing “there will never be a (n-word) SAE.”
“If you look at every single song, I guess you call these, that (Waka Flocka's) written, it's a bunch of garbage,” she said. “It's full of n-words, it's full of f-words. It's wrong. And he shouldn't be disgusted with them (frat members), he should be disgusted with himself.”
Conservative commentator Bill Kristol, a guest on the show, chimed in, saying “popular culture becomes a cesspool, a lot of corporations profit off of it, and then people are surprised that some drunk 19-year-old kids repeat what they've been hearing.”
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Show co-host Joe Scarborough agreed with Kristol.
“The kids that are buying hip hop or gangster rap, it's a white audience, and they hear this over and over again,” Scarborough said. “So do they hear this at home? Well, chances are good, no, they heard a lot of this from guys like this who are now acting shocked.”
“Morning Joe” co-anchor Willie Geist could obviously see that the train had jumped the tracks. “There is a distinction between white kids on a bus talking about hanging someone and Waka Flocka singing a song,” he said.
But it was too late.
Twitter quickly responded with the satirical hashtag #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery.
“As we all know, hell hath no fury like Black Twitter scorned,” commented XXL magazine. “Following this epic foot-in-mouth moment, Black Twitter promptly started the #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery to expose Brzezinski’s idiocy.”
Here are a few examples.
Later on Wednesday Waka Flocka Flame himself appeared on another MSNBC show, “Now with Alex Wagner,” and challenged the remarks.
Wagner flat out asked him what he thinks of people saying that his song lyrics are racist and divisive.
“This isn’t about rap. This is about what happened on that bus,” said Flame, who has performed at SAE functions before. “This isn’t about my rap music. I feel like they’re running away from what we’re talking about.”
The “Morning Joe” fallout became so heated that Brzezinski had to do damage control Wednesday afternoon on yet another MSNBC show, “The Cycle.”
She called the video of the frat members singing “disgusting and disturbing.”
“The students in the video are responsible for their behavior. And as we said on our show this morning, they did it, and it’s beyond appalling,” Brzezinski said.
She insisted that she was not drawing a “moral equivalency” between what the frat members had done and rap music.