US rapper Lil Wayne has sparked outrage after dismissing the Black Lives Matter movement. When asked for his thoughts on the campaign against police brutality, the Young Money star replied that it has nothing to do with him because he is a "rich m**********r".
The 34-year-old made the comments during an interview on ABC's Nightline, which aired on 1 November. When the host asked the 6ft 7ins rapper to weigh in on the controversial Black Lives Matter movement, which aims to end gun violence in America, Lil Wayne looked confused and asked: "What is it? What do you mean?"
After the presenter explained the purpose of the widespread campaign, Lil Wayne replied: "That just sounds weird. I don't know, that you put a name on it. It's not a name, it's not 'whatever, whatever'. It's somebody got shot by a policeman for a f****d up reason. I am a young, black, rich m**********r."
He continued: "If that don't let you know that America understand black m***********s matter these days, I don't know what it is. That man white, he filming me. I'm a n***a. I don't know what you mean, man. Don't come at me with that dumb a*s s**t, ma'am. My life matter. Especially to my b*****s."
Lil Wayne, real name Dwayne Carter Jr, was then asked if he felt connected to Black Lives Matter, prompting him to become angrier, replying: "I don't feel connected to a damn thing that ain't got nothing to do with me. If you do, you crazy as s**t. Feeling connected to something that ain't got nothing to do with you? If it ain't got nothing to do with me, I ain't connected to it."
It is not the first time Lil Wayne has angered fans with his views on race issues. In September, the Lollipop rapper claimed racism did not exist. Speaking to Undisputed host Skip Bayless, Lil Wayne stated: "I don't want to be bashed, because I don't want to sound like I'm on the wrong – if there is a side, but I thought that was clearly a message that there was no such thing as racism. That's what I thought that was. That was a perfect example."
Lil Wayne's ex-wife Toya Wright recently jumped to the rapper's defence over his controversial statements. In an interview with Power 105.1's Breakfast Club in October, Wright explained: "What a lot of people don't know about Wayne is, Wayne lives in his own world.
"So sometimes, he might say something and people would be like, 'What the hell?' He's not in tune with the social world at all. He don't know about nothing that's going on... I'm like, 'What planet do you live on?' Our daughter [Reginae], we laugh about it all the time because – I guess after being in the industry for so long, he isolates himself. He's been through so much with family and people just using him. He has such a big heart but he isolates himself from everything socially. He's not trying to insult anybody. Me knowing Wayne, he didn't mean no harm."