XXXTentacion images from video “Look at Me” (Photo Source: YouTube screenshot)

Social media is on fire after Florida based rapper XXXTentacion, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, 19, posted a new music video this week that many are calling tasteless. The video titled “Look at Me,” which was written and directed by the rapper, opens with a violent act against a White teacher in a classroom of disruptive youth. It then goes on to show imagery of men hung from trees that include XXXTentacion dangling from a noose and rapping about racial violence. XXXTentacion raps the names of Emmett Till, Philando Castile, and Heather Heyer, all individuals who lost their lives due to racial violence. There is a reenactment of each person’s death, including the beating of Rodney King by police. There’s one scene in the 5-minute video that has many people up in arms for its graphic nature.

It features two children, one White and one Black, led by XXXTentacion onto a stage where a noose is suspended. The White child has the noose placed around his neck and is lynched by XXXTentacion in front of an audience. The child’s feet are twitching as he is lifted into the air. The scene ends and XXXTentacion comments without music on the nature of violence and White supremacy. Many were upset by the rapper’s use of a child to make a point about racism, asking if he’d gone too far with his artistic expression. This was expressed on Twitter:

The video can be seen below:

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  • jkwald .

    THIS IS NOT ART… THIS IS OBSCENE ! This POS so called rapper and producers of this should be brought up on attempted child abuse charges. Florida State Attorneys Office wake up! Did this have anything to do with the 8 year old boy in NH that was hung by teenagers? If we allow this in America we are done as a civilized society. Parents need charges too for allowing this to take place. God help us all.

    • Michael Grier

      Nah….

      • jkwald .

        Micheal Grier> Brilliant response. Any thought to go with that?

        • Michael Grier

          Nope. Sometimes nah is all you need. What part of that was so confusing for you..its only 3 letters to read. Lol

    • EddieTauf

      Why is not to be considered artist expression ? Is it shocking yes. Does it invoke high pitched emotional dialogue yes. But it seems to me that’s the point the artist was trying to make. Create a visually shocking display to bring attention to the senseless murder of young black men and boys that seems not to move the needle. Such images seem to be okay when they display people of color being victimized, why the change of heart in this situation? Does this artist not have freedom of speech and expression afforded by the Bill of Rights ? Its interesting to bear witness to the pseudo outrage

      • uflizzard

        The beginning of the video shows a White Teacher getting beat up … What message does that send? Unfortunately, black youth look up to this idiot and he has a certain influence. Maybe this is why black education is a problem in this country. Not because of racism or inequality, but because black youth sees teachers or authority as the enemy.
        FBI Statistics show that 95% of crimes committed against Blacks, are by Blacks … That’s an epidemic. So, Why don’t “rappers” make more videos & music about the violence within their own communities?
        Because it’s not profitable that’s why … Fueling Racism through rap sells their music and promotes anger and hate. It’s always about being down & disrespected.
        And you are correct, attention does need to be brought to the “senseless” murders of young black men … But it needs to start within their own communities where the Big Problem truly exists.

    • Deborah Cook Watson

      Who are the parents of these children that would allow this pervert or freak to do this to their children. This is child abuse anything for attention

      • smd if u breathe

        are you dumb he didn’t actually do it in real life.. and how is he a pervert for that? please learn to make sense

    • Guest

      Obviously his parents agreed to this. If you have a problem with it place the blame on them.

  • Erica

    I will start off by saying he was sooo wrong for this. I mean whut tha eff?!?!? I cant even watch that part. But what i feel like he’s saying is its only an outrage when it happens to a white child. Minorities are being treated like this day to day no one cares but minorities.

    • jkwald .

      How many videos have you seen with a black child being hung? This is not an issue of race but of child abuse. I have studied America’s horrible history of slavery and racism but have never seen a photo of any child black, white or blue being hung except for this one. If you can find one please post. Reverse racism is not the answer!

      • Mac

        Reverse racism isn’t possible because racism as semantics applies on an institutional level. Plus forget a video just look in American history books and see black children lynched like Emmit Till. Who called the cops then? I’m sure this child probably got paid for “acting” where as real people lost their lives in history and currently over racism in the proper contexts. So how have white people in America been disadvantaged by this video? Someone help me understand? Then we can talk about how black people have been disadvantaged over years of slavery.

        • jkwald .

          No, racism exist on an individual level. If a person chooses to align themselves with a hate group that is their choice and that makes them a racist.. Don’t quite understand “institutional level”. Emmett Till, God rest his soul, who was shot and thrown in the river is an example of the horror and violence that white racist instilled on Black adults and children. There is no argument that these people were evil. What happened in the past should never be forgotten. Please help me understand how the depiction of this white child being hung helps to heal things today.

        • uflizzard

          Funny because it seems many to want to omit parts of history that do not support their agenda…. Like William Ellison for instance. Largest Slave Plantation in the South (South Carolina) over 1,000 acres and 83 Slaves. Known as the “Breeder” because he would “mate” the biggest and strongest slaves to pro-creative good pedigree. Then he would auction them off like cattle. Which is how he grow to over 1,000 acres of land. The kicker … He was Black.
          So in reality. they’ve been selling each other out for Centuries and still doing so today.
          Out of the THOUSANDS of Young Blacks killed each year, the isolated instance where a Police Officer shoots or kills a Black Male is considered the epidemic and not the other problems … it’s not White People’s fault that no matter where you go in the United States, Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd is the most dangerous place to be.

      • Aisha M. Ahmed

        No such thing as reverse racism. Racism is racism. It’s not a hate crime just because it happens to Black people. Anytime you harm any human being it is a hate crime. The video was a bit extreme, but it wasn’t child abuse. Back in the day, Whites used Black babies as alligator bait. They would steal the babies from the mothers. To this day, “Black Lives Matter” upsets a lot of Whites and others. Black people have always been,under-valued and not respected. There is still remnants of this attitude with a lot of White people and a lot of hatred from the few. Your opinion about this is very intense, even at that it is still very flawed. What about the kid that was actually lynched? Where is your heart concerning this? Even though it was extreme, the rapper was trying to make a point, which went way above your head. You seemed more concerned about the wellbeing of the little White boy who was acting and no harm was done to him, but you felt little or no compassion for the little bi-racial boy who was ACTUALLY the victim of an attempted lynching. So this is why we say, “BLACK LIVES MATTER.” It doesn’t mean that no one else’s life matters, but that we have been victims of this mentality for so long. Imagine this, a little 11yr old girl(me) watching from her living room window as the KKK march through her neighborhood and was too afraid to come out and play for weeks, because she thought that they would kill her(me). None of the Black children in the neighborhood would come out and play. All we did at that time was cry, and it took a lot for us to feel safe to go outside again. And I suspect that you probably feel resentment and not empathy at all about this. The truth is we may be more free, than in the past, but we, have yet to get to the point where we are valued as much as you are in society.

      • Guest

        You’ve studied America’s history of slavery and you believe this never happen to black children because you haven never seen a photo?? Umm okay lmao. Interesting that you want the rapper and producer brought up on child abuse charges but neglected to include the parents who obviously had to agree to this.

  • Anna Marie Walker

    Who in the hell would even let their kids be in this video black or white. I see he is trying to make a point . But dam !!!!!

  • Grip holder!!💰💰💯💯

    Silly.🤓

  • uflizzard

    Anything to fuel racism and keep it burning … Notice in the video they beat up a white teacher … It’s always about violence and fighting authority. I wish they had as much passion about killing each other in there own communities as they do about things that happened 200 years ago or in the 1960’s.
    The fact is, the only time they care is when it’s white on black crime… Never mind 95% of crimes committed against blacks are by blacks themselves (FBI Statistics) … Never mind 63% of the Homicides committed in the United States are committed by blacks, yet they only make up 16% of the population (FBI Statistics) … For some reason, many blacks believe violence & crimes against whites are justified & warranted, even though the people they attack have NOTHING to do with their anger or their problems. During Hurricane Irma, while people are helping each other to restore their communities and clean up the damage, we see videos of blacks looting a Nike Shoe Store and A Red Lobster … And they wonder where the stereotypes come from.
    Everything is always about destruction, killing, looting, violence and evil white people.
    The reason nobody invests in their communities isn’t because of “racism”, it’s because of the risk assessment. Eventually if you keep taking and never giving back, there’s nothing left to take.
    This video is a perfect example of why things will not change … No positive message or hope.

    • smd if u breathe

      aw you seem triggered

  • uflizzard
  • Guest

    This is the rapper that has been in the news for abusing his girlfriend and faces charges. This is a ploy to distract from that.

    • smd if u breathe

      lol theres no proof he actually did abuse her so?? distraction ? I think not

  • Monchichi

    And just think, people used to gather round for sport and watch black people lynched as if it were some kind of must-see spectacle. I’m not watching the video, but if the video was artistically created to speak out on injustice in the world then I think I could let it fly. But if it were malicious and intentionally grotesque, then the outrage is deserved.

  • Caren

    What’s wrong with the reenactment of someone being lynched, y’all did it to our beautiful black people for centuries, and many, many, many, many more horrific, sick, sadistic, perverted things such as: Murders, Murders, Murders, to generation after generation after generation and now you cry foul!
    Shut up!

  • Keith

    If the mainstream War Machine wouldn’t keep lighting these fires we would all get along as we have been. Of course you’re going to have a little group of assholes cutting up and they could be any color. ‘Asshole’ disease does not have a specific color.