Eric Andre comes out against XXXTentacion and Kodak Black's ugly past.
Eric Andre, an actor and comedian known for his work on the TV series' Man Seeking Woman and The Eric Andre Show, is the latest non-music celebrity to come out against the normalization of violent, abusive behavior in today's hip-hop culture, especially among young, up-and-coming rappers. In a series of tweets, he specifically points to XXXTentacion and Kodak Black, two men both with long rap sheets to their respective names, and the hypocrisy within the rap community when it comes to movements such as "#FreeKodak."
i was just looking at World Star Hip Hop on my IG and they’re always promoting XXX and Kodak Black. and i got upset.— Eric Andre (@ericandre) August 19, 2017
i was like, why can i complain about racism freely, but criticize a rapper's sexism and everyone gets butt hurt.— Eric Andre (@ericandre) August 19, 2017
i was also mad at myself for promoting XXXTentacion’s music the other day. my friend was like, “that dude beats up pregnant women” :(— Eric Andre (@ericandre) August 19, 2017
Andre starts off by saying how he notices that media outlets such as World Star Hip Hop are heavily promoting both rappers' work, despite having some legal missteps that some will find hard to forgive. He added that, when it comes to racism, complaints can fly freely and get acknowledged in a serious manner, but "criticize a rapper's sexism and everyone gets butt hurt." Later on, he also said that he was "mad at [himself]" for sharing XXX's music not long ago, not knowing of his egregious behavior in the past.
It is now well-known that both XXXTentacion and Kodak Black have reportedly done some brutal things to women they've come into contact with. According to a nice summary of events from DJ Booth, X supposedly used violent assault tactics against a pregnant ex-girlfriend to the point where she was blinded, while Kodak Black was accused of raping a female concertgoer late last year. Both men have not yet seen any ramifications that are nearly as serious as the alleged crimes committed, a point that Andre wanted to get across on Twitter as well.
racism, sexism, homophobia - it's all bigotry. it is all part of the same systemic evil that keeps people subservient and disenfranchised.— Eric Andre (@ericandre) August 19, 2017
1 out of 3 women are beat, raped, or murdered in their lifetime. that’s 1 billion women. Shits got to stop. No more apathy or indifference.— Eric Andre (@ericandre) August 19, 2017
For his part, XXXTentacion responded to Andre's Twitter musings, calling him out for believing content on the Internet that hasn't necessarily been proven to be true, according to the rapper. You can view that reaction below.