T.I. has said some questionable things in the past regarding the Black Live Matter movement and its related activities, but following the backlash stemming from Beyoncé’s politically-charged Super Bowl halftime show performance — T.I. is defending Bey AND her message.
“It’s an attack on cops that attack our people,” he told TMZ. “How they gon’ protest against our protest? I don’t think that Beyoncé was being malicious in any way in her demonstration, and I feel that anything that is done to demonstrate against a pure demonstration is gon’ lose in the end.”
He event went as far as calling the backlash ‘un-American’.
“Everything that we’re doing as far as the Black Lives Matter movement, it is to speak out and fight against unnecessary, unlawful death of our people, by people who are supposed to be put in a position of authority to protect and serve our people. So if you are against that, then to me, that is un-American.”
The protest he’s referring to is an anti-Beyoncé rally scheduled to take place in front of NFL headquarters on Feb 16. The event’s description reads:
“Are you offended as an American that Beyoncé pulled her race-baiting stunt at the Superbowl? Do you agree that it was a slap in the face to law enforcement? Do you agree that the Black Panthers was/is a hate group which should not be glorified?” the anonymously posted event page said. “Come and let’s stand together. Let’s tell the NFL we don’t want hate speech & racism at the Superbowl ever again!”
Watch T.I. sound off below.