“Gucci Gang” rapper Lil Pump offered an apology for doing the slanted-eye gesture and using a racial slur in a preview of his new song “Butterfly Doors.”
Lil Pump, whose real name is Gazzy Garcia, apologized through an Instagram video post on December 25, according to Hop Clear
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“I came here to tell you guys that I seen the whole thing going on the internet and all that,” the 18-year-old artist said in the video. “I came here to tell you that for my part, I’m sorry and I apologize for posting that. It was not my intention to hurt nobody or do none of that, dead ass, cause I got Asian homies. You know, I fuck with everybody, ain’t got nothing against nobody.”
The rapper came under fire after posting a preview of his upcoming song “Butterfly Doors” on Instagram where he did a racist slanted-eye gesture while rapping: “Smoking on dope, they call me Yao Ming cause my eyes real low. Ching Chong.”
In response, New York rapper China Mac called out
Lil Pump for his racist remarks and demanded that the video is taken down.
“Crazy Rich Asians” star Awkwafina also put the rapper on blast on Twitter, writing in her now-deleted tweet
: “Always nice to hear a new song with a Ching Chong adlib. Guess it’s better than ‘eyes chink’ like some other verses I’ve heard. But can we at least think of some more creative racist epithets? @lilpump.”
She then followed up with another tweet
to celebrate female rappers who “use their music and platform to challenge the narrative, innovate the genre and empower themselves and others.”
Featured Image via Instagram / lilpump