Ari Lennox, Lil’ Boosie, & 50 Blast Oprah & Gayle King For Targeting Black Men
Singer Ari Lennox (Courtney Shanade Salter), 28, has definitely taken a side in the ongoing backlash media mogul Oprah Winfrey and CBS journalist Gayle King have faced in recent weeks. On Wednesday (Feb. 5th), the singer shared her thoughts following Gayle King’s CBS interview with WNBA legend, Lisa Leslie.
During their sit down, Gayle touched on the very sensitive 2003 rape allegations against former NBA star, Kobe Bryant. Ari begins her rant,
“Kale and Okra I’m over y’all. I’m over y’all. I don’t give a f*ck how rich you are, how much you f*cking accomplishment, you’re tearing down the legacies of so many phenomenal, beautiful black men and I don’t f*cking have time for it.”
???? kale & okra
— keedie ? (@keediemae_) February 6, 2020
“I’m sick, I’m disgusted. You don’t care about black people.”
Ari ends her rant against the billionaire executive by touching on a past viral moment when she called out a Morehouse student who asked for a photo with a cracked iPhone. Ari continues,
”Okra, I knew you wasn’t sh*t when the kids was trying to take a picture with you and you said ‘oh I see your little cracked phone.’”
Check out some reactions from social media:
This is so disrespectful to Kobe and his family.
I’m so sick of black people going against the grain for a buck and a seat at the “table”. #gayleking no matter how much you do their dirty work you will still & forever be a n**** in they eyes. Don’t forget it. https://t.co/rvsK7thPU3
— Milani Team (@milaniteam) February 5, 2020
#gayleking is trifling as her girlfriend oprah, always demonising black men after they are dead, kobe bryant hasn't even been buried yet and you wanna tarnish his legacy, the man has daughters ffs pic.twitter.com/blqY8OUIY5
— fan account (@ikonicBK) February 5, 2020
#GayleKing need to get relevant somehow, eh? The massah is off limits (Harvey), so go after a man who is dead. Case was dropped. Maybe he commuted a crime, maybe the girl lied and realized she’d get found out. We don’t know. But no conviction. pic.twitter.com/duQhoZA5yL
— Ballad (@BalladGuitar) February 6, 2020
— Cloutcatchernews (@cmonits2019) February 6, 2020
In Addition, Ari isn’t the alone in her stance against Oprah and Gayle. A list of rappers also stood with Ari on calling the media duo out on Instagram for targeting fellow black celebs.
Lil’ Boosie, Snoop Dogg, and 50 Cent all took to their Instagram sharing how they feel about the line of questioning Gayle steered her interview with Leslie.
As reported, On Monday (Feb. 3rd), actress Mo’Nique blasted Oprah Winfrey in a lengthy open letter, accusing her of treating people who are accused of similar crimes like sexual assault differently based on their race.
I felt compelled to write you this open letter after observing the disparity in the way that you seem to treat people, who were accused of the same allegations. You did an interview on the CBS Morning Show and were asked about Harvey Weinstein by Norah O’Donnell, and you said as it pertained to him that you “always try to look at the Rainbow in the clouds, whatever is the “silver lining”. You also said “if we make this all about Harvey Weinstein then we have lost the moment.”
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Dear @oprah, I felt compelled to write you this open letter after observing the disparity in the way that you seem to treat people, who were accused of the same allegations. You did an interview on the CBS Morning Show and were asked about Harvey Weinstein by Norah O’Donnell, and you said as it pertained to him that you “always try to look at the Rainbow in the clouds, whatever is the “silver lining”. You also said “if we make this all about Harvey Weinstein then we have lost the moment”. When you either are, or were going to be a part of documentary on Michael Jackson, and Russell Simmons, how is that not making it all about them? Interestingly, Brother M.J. was acquitted, and deceased, so how is he not off limits? Russell and Harvey are accused of the same thing so in fairness how do you not “support” the accusers of both as you said you did with R.S. or you look for the silver lining for both like you said you did for H.W.? The only difference between the two is there skin color and doesn’t H.W. have way more accusers? My personal experience with you is you’ve watched me as a black women be accused of being difficult for not promoting “Precious” internationally for Lions Gate, at Lions Gate, Tyler Perry and your request, despite the fact my deal was with Lee Daniels Entertainment. And, how are you for black women when you hear Tyler on audio saying I was right and he was going to speak up but you or him still haven’t said a word? When I was sixteen and I meet you at your local show in Baltimore, I told you I wanted to be just like you when I grew up. You responded, “ you have to work really really hard”. My sixteen year old self didn’t know that you in your silence in the face of wrongdoing, would make my life “harder”. Lastly, please consider standing by the people who are right and not just the “right people”. Love you to life, Mo’Nique
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