Fox News has a history of voicing outlandish (and often racist) opinions, so Geraldo Rivera’s criticism of Kendrick Lamar’s BET performance should come as no surprise. But when word got back to Kendrick Lamar the rappers response was brilliant.
“How can you take a song that’s about hope and turn it into hatred?” he asked. “The overall message is ‘We gonna be alright.’ It’s not a message of I want to kill people.”
Mr. Rivera is mostly known for his once meaningful talk show that took on sensitive subjects such as racism and politics. Once he even had his nose broken as a scuffle broke out between African-American activists and white supremacists. This time Geraldo and his comrades at Fox News decided to throw shade on Kendricks performance of Alright at the 2015 BET Awards.
“This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years. This is exactly the wrong message,” Rivera said, specifically pointing to the “Alright” line: “And we hate po-po/ Wanna kill us dead in the street, fo sho.”
Instead of dropping diss lines or threatening Rivera, the cooler headed Lamar addressed Fox’s slander with an explanation of the meaning and message behind his song.
“For the most part it’s avoiding the truth,” he said. “This is reality, this is my world, this is what I talk about in my music. You can’t delude that. Me being on a cop car, that’s a performance piece after these senseless acts. Hip-hop is not the problem. Our reality is the problem of the situation. This is our music. This is us expressing ourselves. Rather than going out here and doing the murders myself, I want to express myself in a positive light the same way other artists are doing.
It’s a popular saying in black culture that ‘the streets are watching‘, this is a good reminder that ‘big brother Is watching’ too, and you have to be as sharp as Kendrick was when people try to slander you.