AceShowbiz - To celebrate the chart success of his album "17", rapper XXXTENTACION released a music video for a track off the effort, "Look at Me!". The clip featured bizarre and disturbing images, such as a dildo unicorn and footage of Philando Castile's death.
The Florida spitter recreated a riot as he hung himself on a tree. The most disturbing scene appeared onscreen when X hung a white child while a black child watched the process. After lynching the little boy, the rapper gave a lengthy lecture about racism, insisting that he tried to demonstrate the lasting effects of racism on young generation.
X stood against violence as he said, "Are you willing to risk your own child's future due to your own bigotry? The choice is yours, but your child will not stand for the hate. The generation will be loved, nurtured, heard and understood."
Despite the message X tried to deliver through the LaShawnna Stanley-directed video, fans were angered by the lynching scene. "If you think about it, it teaches young black children think its better to hang whites for no reason. Equality: become what you once feared," a Twitter user wrote.
If you think about it, it teaches young black children think its better to hang whites for no reason. Equality; become what you once feared— Jesse (@Millenniowl) September 13, 2017
Another snarked, "Nah the video is a joke, today its a video, tomorrow it could be reality, he has problems, hope he rots in jail." Another user chimed in, "Dont make excuses for this sickness, simulated violence towards children is not cool or progressive. Not even to make a point. Its dangerous."
Nah the video is a joke, today its a video, tommorow it could be reality, he has problems, hope he rots in jail— Mateo (@mateomufc2001) September 13, 2017
Dont make excuses for this sickness, simulated violence towards children is not cool or progressive. Not even to make a point. Its dangerous— Fornow (@Fornowago) September 13, 2017
In a recent interview, the video's director LaShawnna explained that it was difficult to find parents who were willing to let their child pretend to be hanged. "We had to delay the video because the mom that originally agreed and said okay but when she got there she didn't feel comfortable," she said. "We delayed for a week."
"I called a lot of parents. It was a direct booking. No one was okay with their white child getting lynched," the director added. "With all the racial tension in the world right out they were nervous." She also revealed that X "was very lovely to the kids" to make sure they were comfortable on the set.