Last week, Fox news personality Laura Ingraham made some divisive comments about the late rapper and community activist Nipsey Hussle. On an episode of her show, The Ingraham Angle, she announced that “thousands lined the streets to say goodbye to rapper Nipsey Hussle,” with a smirk. “Now, this rapper recently released a song called FDT— F Donald Trump.” Ingraham then played a clip of the song, which was actually rapped by YG in 2016.
Here's Laura Ingraham mocking a murder victim, just hours after he was laid to rest, because he opposed Trump 3 years ago. (Also, the man rapping in that video is YG, a person who is not Nipsey Hussle.) For shame.pic.twitter.com/02iBYdr5wo
— Angela Morabito (@AngelaLMorabito) April 13, 2019
Several members of the music community have called Ingraham’s segment disrespectful, like rapper and producer DJ Quik, who recently told a TMZ reporter that the backlash she has received was well deserved:
“Don’t you think she deserves all that backlash. First of all, privilege doesn’t negate the fact that you’re an ignorant woman. Ignorance is all colors. That’s an ignorant white woman. First of all, she blamed him for a song that he didn’t even write. He was a guest on the song. She’s privileged and ignorant. She’s lived in a Barbie house all her life. Don’t fire her like they did with the girl from NBC [Megyn Kelly], just let her eat crow for a couple of weeks. The good thing about media and people is that they have a short memory. They forget.”
The Game also posted the video clip on his Instagram and called for Fox to fire Ingraham. “This is not a game & my brothers untimely demise has noticeably shifted the world & brought people from all ethnicity’s together in mourning,” the caption read. “There is a power in that, that will be used & action will be taken from now going forward. We will not be accepting any apology from her… we want her fired, PERIOD !!!!!”
Snoop Dogg responded to the post with agreement. “I’m in,” he wrote. T.I., meanwhile, expressed a similar sentiment after posting a video clip of Ingraham’s comments. “This is Disgusting! You both are vile despicable, poor excuses for people,” he said. “WE ALL GET OUR TURN TO LIVE THROUGH OUR OWN PERSONAL TRAGEDY… and watch how many people dance in the streets, laugh and crack distasteful inappropriate jokes when it’s YOUR TURN!!!! Karma is constant & the laws of reciprocity ARE IN ORDER!!!”
Even Justin Bieber responded to Ingraham’s comments, calling them “absolutely disgusting.” The singer then called for Ingraham’s firing from Fox News. “Did you not think about the family who just lost a love one and now have to see you mock him on national television It’s absurd and you should be fired period.”
Nipsey Hussle is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music.