Rapper Ray J is taking up for beleaguered fellow emcee Kanye West and defending his visit with Donald Trump in the White House. Many fans are irate over Ray’s words of support for ‘Ye.
The star of “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” shared his thoughts with BBC Radio 1Xtra about Kanye, 41, meeting with Donald Trump at the White House earlier this year.
William Ray Norwood Jr., 37, gave props to Kanye for sitting with Trump, 72, because “it is important to have someone in the room talking to the president” on behalf of African Americans.
“Kanye has a lot of great relationships that can help the African American community,” Ray said. “He’s in the room now. We always wanted to have someone in the room. And if you are talking to the president, that is a big move, that is a big step. So I respect that.”
Check out the interview in full below on YouTube.com, followed by a sample of angry retorts to Ray J’s sentiments:
Fans of the LHHH star and brother of singer Brandy were not in the mood for Kanye apologists and fired off on Ray J via the BBC Radio Instagram platform:
“Ye but for totally forgetting #BarackObama ever stepped foot in the White House…for 8 whole years!”
Another listener said: “So we gonna forget Obama was in the room first. Sorrynotsorry… I have too much pride as a black woman to understand Kanye’s “bigger picture”! You don’t have to stoop low, go against history and your own people to prove a point to a white man! Who tf is Trump for you to sell your own soul to!? For Ray J! And bye K00nye. Servers are in the room as well doesn’t mean they’re part of the conversation.”
A Democratic respondent added to the discussion on IG with: “Kanye still canceled, but hopefully, he can make changes also while being a coon. The Democrats are majority black people, LGBT, righteous white people, other minorities that are fighting for change. The KKK and white nationalists have publicly announced their support for Trump and said he gave them courage.”
What do you make of Ray J defending Kanye’s decision to sit down with Trump in the Oval Office?