Kendrick Lamar‘s powerful performance at the 2015 BET Awards apparently went over the heads of Fox News and network host Geraldo Rivera, who claimed the rapper’s lyrics about police brutality are more harmful than actual racism.
Talk about irony.
Rivera, with panelists Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Kimberly Guilfoyle, spoke about the rapper’s performance during Monday’s episode of The Five. Rather than analyzing the song “Alright,” which champions positivity in the midst of violence and the rapper’s depression, panelists focused on the track’s pre-chorus:
“Nigga, and we hate po-po/ Wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho Nigga, I’m at the preacher’s door/ My knees gettin’ weak, and my gun might blow But we gon’ be alright”
While Kendrick touches on police brutality, Rivera connected the lyrics to the shooting in Charleston and claimed the rapper is encouraging African-Americans to hate police. According to Salon,
“It is so wrong,” he said, “so counterproductive — it gives exactly the wrong message. It doesn’t recognize that a city like Baltimore, which is just 7 percent the size of New York, has just as many murders as New York.”
Guilfoyle continued, saying Kendrick standing on a battered police car with the American flag in the background also paints a bad picture.
“Look at that police car!” Eric Bolling said, “It incites violence!” Kimberly Guilfoyle replied.
Rivera summed it up, blaming Lamar and his genre of music for the current racial divide in America.
“This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years,” he added. “This is exactly the wrong message.”
In an attempt to shame one of the post politically charged award shows of the season, pundits missed the real sentiment. Meanwhile, others praised Kendrick for his empowering performance.
What do you think? Is Geraldo fair to blame Kendrick Lamar for the current racial climate in America today? Take a look at the performance hereand let us know in the comments below.