Legendary Wu-Tang Clan figurehead the RZA tried to address criticism towards comments he made about Black Lives Matter, police brutality and Black youths’ attire. The results didn’t do much to help him.
The artist and performer was attacked for a Bloomberg interview in which he put Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter in the same breath and suggested that Black men should watch how they dress. He responded to this criticism on Friday, January 8, via his Twitter account. He attempted to apologize but ultimately doubled down on his controversial arguments without really putting anything new in context:
How can a original black man be a coon &sell out? You best look deep into my words &make an assessment. Do you still think pork is healthy?— RZA! (@RZA) January 8, 2016
I don’t expect agreement with everything I say. I speak honestly from my own perspective &evaluation from my space time experience.— RZA! (@RZA) January 8, 2016
I could never condone police brutality or any form of injustice and oppression. Knowledge of self means studying self to improve self. Peace— RZA! (@RZA) January 8, 2016
I’m not condemning the kids for their garments. We live we should learn and evolve. When are we men at 21 or 41?— RZA! (@RZA) January 8, 2016
Yea yea mon. Enough Rza badgering for the day. Add a button up shirt to your wardrobe.— RZA! (@RZA) January 8, 2016
“Of course Black lives matter.. All lives matter”— RZA! (@RZA) January 8, 2016