Akon is catching heat after suggesting rich and famous people have it much harder than the poor.
The hip-hop star shared a few words for the late Michael K. Williams, who died earlier this week. The actor’s official cause of death hasn’t been revealed, but police suspect it to be from a fatal od.
As reported on XXL, Akon spoke to TMZ about the passing of The Wire actor. Akon gave his condolences but also said that rich people “struggle more” than the poor. Akon said, “The famous and the rich go through more issues than the poor. You know when they say ‘More money, more problems,’ that’s a real thing.” Take a look:
“The famous and the rich goes through more issues than the poor.” Says Akon while talking about the loss of Michael K. Williams and the facade of success. pic.twitter.com/1gqm817gKF
— VideoMixtape.com (@VideoMixtape_) September 8, 2021
Twitter users blasted the artist for being out-of-touch and tone-deaf, while others volunteered to take some of Akon’s money to help alleviate any problems he might be facing.
You can check out some of the reactions below.
Rest In Peace to Michael K. Williams, but that is a very ignorant statement from Akon
— ?????? (@LLCoolTakes) September 8, 2021
We all grieve equally and it doesn’t matter how much is in your bank account. I am sad over your friend dying by drug overdose but don’t tell poor people they have it better then you do. You live in a bubble of bull crap and poor people struggle more.
— Mel! ??? (@WinkiesWord) September 8, 2021
In referencing Michael K. Williams, Akon said "the famous and rich go through MORE issues than the poor."
Huh? Michael K. Williams said part of the reason why he struggled as an adult was growing up around poverty.
Akon has been privileged too longhttps://t.co/tWR2nV6uVs
— Clay 'Critical Thinking Theory' Cane (@claycane) September 8, 2021
— Nickk w. 2 k's ? (@334nickk) September 8, 2021
Akon: Rich people have more struggles than poor people.
— Shamar English (@english_shamar) September 8, 2021
Akon after swapping his life into mine for one hot minute ? pic.twitter.com/7eMYZS0zpW
— Am?? (@Axtion_Am) September 8, 2021
So according to Akon it’s hard being rich and famous then give me your fucking money then are you kidding me ???!! pic.twitter.com/b0WVNSszWM
— Aquata (@aquagirl777) September 8, 2021
How Black Twitter is doing Akon after he said that rich people struggle more than poor people pic.twitter.com/bY3ageaDDZ
— Rich (@UptownDC_Rich) September 8, 2021