Add T.I. to the likes of Dave Chappelle and Barack Obama as someone who is calling out the current landscape. In a recent interview on The Tamron Hall Show, the rapper became the latest public figure to speak out about the growing and toxic cancel culture.
T.I. believes that cancel culture relates to fake outrage and called out a double standard.
“All this cancel culture, I think it’s fake,” T.I. said. “Like JAY-Z said, ‘first they hate you, then they love you, then they hate you again.” He later added, “You’ll keep wearing Gucci but you’ll cancel Kanye.” As far as Tip is concerned, cancel culture has become a “convenient” tool that people are using.
You can watch the full interview — which also discusses the death of Nipsey Hussle and his sister — below.
The comments come at a time when Dave Chappelle has basically released an entire stand-up comedy special, Sticks & Stones, about PC culture and when former President Barack Obama called out cancel culture and “political wokeness” at an Obama Foundation event.
“This idea of purity and that you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke — you should get over that quickly,” Obama said.
“I do get a sense sometimes now among certain young people, and this is accelerated by social media — there is this sense sometimes of the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people, and that’s enough. If I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right or used the wrong verb, then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself. Did you see how woke I was, I called you out … That’s not activism.”
Is the tide finally shifting away from cancel culture? We’ll just have to wait and see.