'Morning Joe' Hosts Come Under Fire After Blaming Rappers for Racist Frat Video


'Morning Joe' Hosts Come Under Fire After Blaming Rappers for Racist Frat Video


Waka Flocka Flame has also responded to Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough's claim that the students just repeated rap lyrics they heard that often contain indecent language.
"Morning Joe" hosts have landed in hot water after blaming rappers for racist chant sung by members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma. Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough were discussing about Waka Flocka Flame who canceled his gig at the university after learning of the racist frat video on Wednesday morning, March 11 when they made the controversial comments.

"If you look at every single song, I guess you call these, that he's written, it's a bunch of garbage," Brzezinski said. "It's full of N-words, it's full of F-words. It's wrong. And he shouldn't be disgusted with them, he should be disgusted with himself."

Scarborough added, "The kids that are buying hip-hop or gangster rap, it's a white audience, and they hear this over and over again. 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."

Brzezsinski tried to clarify their statements during a later appearance on MSNBC. "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," she said. "In no way is anybody else to blame for what they did on that bus. They are responsible and they made that choice." People, however, already criticized them and took to Twitter to create the satirical hashtag #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery.

Waka Flocka Flame also responded to the hosting duo's claim when appearing on "Now with Alex Wagner". The rapper said, "This isn't about rap. This is about what happened on that bus. This isn't about my rap music. I feel like they're running away from what we're talking about."

Jon Stewart, meanwhile, took a time to blast Brzezinski and Scarborough on his "Daily Show". "Two things: first of all, the kids on that bus weren't repeating a rap song that they had heard," he said on Wednesday night. "They were gleefully performing one of their fraternity's old, let's call them anti-Negro spirituals, featuring a word that pre-dates rap. And probably folk. And thought."

The soon-to-be-departing Comedy Central host argued, "Black rappers did not introduce that word into the vernacular. And second of all, how come when conservatives talk about African-Americans, they say 'These people need to take responsibility for themselves, pull up those pants, get a job.' But when white people do something racist, they're all, 'You can't blame them. How can those poor children know wrong from right, after being driven to madness by the irresistible power of the hippity-hoppity?' "

Weighing in on the issue, Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show that if Kanye West had rapped the racist frat chant, it would've been a hit. "If this had been a song by Kim Kardashian's husband and they had sung this song at the Grammys...it'd be a hit," he said. "But I'm telling you this stuff gets awards and the people who sing it are portrayed as American royalty in terms of celebrity. You can't deny that."


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