So after all that underage douchebaggery that went on between “Drizzy” and “Weezy” at the BET Awards, the Canadian newjack decided to extend a public apology. This comes after BET sent their own public apology (not for the entire award show, which they should have), but for Lil Wayne and Drake’s performances of “Best I Ever Had” and “Every Girl”. There are a few questions that I can’t help but ask.
AllHipHop.com got an exclusive statement from BET that reads as follows:
BET Networks deeply regrets the performance by Young Money at the BET AWARDS ’09 (featuring Lil Wayne, Drake, Gudda Gudda and Mack Maine). Elements of the performance were unplanned and should not have happened.
Here’s the thing…for those that didn’t catch the performance, basically Drake sat on a stool in true Jimmy from Degrassi fashion because he slipped on a banana peel and tore his ACL or something. That didn’t stop this horde of lady children from climbing all over him while the rest dropped it lukewarm on the stage for Wayne et al. These girls looked about 16, so in the 2009 hormone induced theory they could be 10 or 11. People were outraged – probably because this all went down during the supposed Michael Jackson tribute (R.I.P. MJ) that BET was obliged to put together and instead had Jamie Foxx and Ne-Yo doing a one-gloved variety show. So initially the annoyance was due to that. Then reality slapped society. Oh Em Gee those girls are young as f*$ck! Yeah we kinda knew that. I’m sure Drake and Wayne did too when the girls applied their Dr. Pepper flavored Lip Smackers as their moms dropped them off. Why did they think that this was okay? I’ll tell you why…
Exhibit R. See we’d all like to believe no one is above the law. I mean, most corrupt racist judicial systems in the US will punish you for chewing gum while vacationing in Singapore. So how did this man slip under the radar? No matter what, he did, and it’s lowered the bar. R Kelly wasn’t the inventor of tasteless stage performances (we have Uncle Luke to thank for that) he just mastered the art of pulling kids back stage. The fact that Kells is still running free and peeing all over the place shows that age really ain’t nothing but a number. We can go crazy citing other examples – i.e. the Hollywood fascination with waiting for young actresses to turn 18, Woody Allen, etc etc – but for all Hip-Hop intents and purposes I think this is R. Kelly’s fault. Because the rebuttal for having some 12 year olds in poom poom shorts on stage three days after Michael Jackson died while ignorant America calls him a pedophile is “Well come on, at least we weren’t sleeping with them. We’re not R. Kelly.”
I’m not going to get back on my soapbox about Drake again and Lil Wayne barely exists to me at this point, but just remember this is the “MC” you’re feeling at the moment.