We’ve seen the harsh realities that come with social media being everywhere. No matter where you go, or what you do, there’s a pretty big chance that if you’re doing something wrong–it can get out.
Teens these days are living behind their phone screens–even with their friends, at parties, in school–Snapchatting and recording every moment to share it with the World Wide Web. So, when you have somewhat of a reputation to uphold, it’s best to make sure you just stray away from doing stupid and controversial things. Recently, the Virginia Tech. Lacrosse Team is under fire for a 13-second leaked video where they say the N-word multiple times.
The video, which was uploaded to YouTube, features the girls on a bus after a game, in which they’re singing Lil’ Dicky’s song “Freaky Friday.” The song essentially is about Lil’ Dicky waking up in Chris Brown’s body and now, he has the ability to use said word becasue–he’s black now.
People were outraged and angry on the first view of the video–because using the N-word is a racial slur. However, it’s pretty stupid to believe that one of the most “viral” and popular songs in the industry right now isn’t going to be sung by those of different ethnicities or races. If an artist produces a song and uses a racial slur, they have to know eventually, someone from a different race is going to sing the said song/lyric. If you’re concerned with people using this language when it’s offensive–don’t put it in your songs. I’m certain that artists aren’t looking to only reach a fraction of the world’s population, but, the entire world population. Correct me if I’m wrong, it’s just my personal belief.
The real issue doesn’t, I believe, have to do with people singing the lyrics–but, the fact that someone decided it was a good idea to record and leak the video online for reasons to create spin/outrage around it. There are hundreds of rap songs that use this word. People online had some mixed reviews about the situation, as well.
Some believe that the girls were wrong and should face consequences.
Cancel their season, wipe their record, and expel em. Y’all call it “the n-word” because it’s dangerous hate speech right? Show and prove. https://t.co/Qb29bJTiXW
— ? d a v i d ? (@hermanos) March 28, 2018
This is the @virginia_tech women’s lacrosse team @HokiesLax for those of you who don’t know! They’re trying to get this video down so I’m just gonna keep spreading it. We’re not shocked or surprised… just tired. pic.twitter.com/3BEuNjTunt
— Alec Phillips (@alecphillips25) March 27, 2018
In the wake of this racist Virginia Tech lacrosse video, I find it important to remind my fellow white people that you do not get to use this word even if it is "just a lyric" pic.twitter.com/3EBjSX0fgE
— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) March 28, 2018
Others felt it’s a lyric and a song, not something meant to be said in a malicious or hateful manner.
Singing lyrics to a white guy's consensual comedy rap song IS NO BIG FUCKING DEAL. Stop fucking putting offensive words in songs if they cannot be sung. Profanity is also context and the word used was not meant hatefully. https://t.co/NFSEjlllgz
— Davison (@DavisonVideo) March 28, 2018
They're singing a song inwhich the word is used IN THE SONG. If they do not want white people singing the song AGAIN INWHICH THE WORD IS USED. PUT A WARNING LABEL THAT READS " WHITE PEOPLE WILL BE PROSECUTED FOR SINGING ALONG WITH THE LYRICS WHERE THE N WORD IS USED!" Ridiculous.
— OOHMMY MarilynMonroe (@oohmmy) March 28, 2018
Hey @Deadspin was the Virginia Tech women’s team chanting racial slurs or were they singing along to one of the most popular rap songs in America? This is pathetic, and fake news. pic.twitter.com/FrWAUhn7wm
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 28, 2018
We are talking about music put out by artist. Artist that want us “white” to support their business. If I’m vibing with that song your telling me I can’t sing it cause there is the N word in it? This can’t be real life. I must be missing something?
— Denise Marie (@DeniseMarie726) March 28, 2018
I'm prolly the only black person under this post def needs context although they prolly shouldn't upload it. Most black ppl know white ppl sing along to lyrics already. This ain't the same as them burning a cross chanting it (ima paralegal)
— Thirst Whisperer (@knowledgekno717) March 28, 2018
Don't use it in the song if you don't want people singing it
— Chris (@cWhitey_NY) March 28, 2018
Some also believe the “original meaning” of the racial slur is gone, as pop culture has made is so “normal” for individuals to say/use.
The ‘N’ word has become so mainstream in pop culture it doesn’t even matter who says it. It’s no longer a derogatory word
— Bryan #bullsnation (@bmorse910) March 28, 2018
It’s a popular culture term. Fake news. Carry on.
— Von Minor (@VonMinor) March 28, 2018
I’ve seen like 20 white women doing this at a lil uzi concert not a huge deal
— Edwin Rubio (@Mr_Lonely713) March 27, 2018