"No person needs to be attacked for their opinion on what they see to be appropriate for their children."
A viral video in which a Christian mother of four tearfully recites the lyrics to Vince Staples' "Norf Norf" is currently making the rounds. While many viewers have found humor in the mother's scandalized response, one man is not so amused: Vince Staples.
“I don’t really have much to say about the video — I don’t think it’s funny at all,” Staples told The Independent. “It’s not right to attack someone over their stance, their opinions, and their religion. I think that’s very immature. It’s just not right that’s she’s being attacked. It’s not okay.”
The woman heard the song on the radio while dropping her kids off at school, then went home to share her experience online. “I’m raising four little girls and that just breaks my heart,” she said. “I tell you right now, music has a strong influence on our children. I normally never listen to that radio station, it’s almost like I was meant to hear to let you guys know about it.”
“We already have a lot of issues between black and white relations in this country based on misunderstandings,” Staples said. “In my eyes, she doesn’t look like a racist. She doesn’t look like a mean person. But it’s not very responsible for people to try to take that and jump, looking for some sort of commentary on these issues [in the community]."
Apparently unhappy with the The Independent article, Staples clarified his position in a series of tweets Wednesday night. "What I was saying was that the woman in that video is clearly confused on the context of the song which causes her to be frightened," he wrote. "No person needs to be attacked for their opinion on what they see to be appropriate for their children. They have a right to it. This misunderstanding of our community leads to miscommunication which we should convert into a progressive dialogue."
"Thats all I have to say about that," he concluded. "Stop asking me."