As more than a million protesters gathered to participate in the March for Our Lives to support of gun control on March 24th, the NRA offered some counter-programming by releasing a video interview it had conducted just the week before with Run the Jewels rapper Killer Mike.
Although he apologized for the timing of the video and for it seeming as though he was speaking in reference to the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Killer Mike also seemed to double down on his comments: “That interview was used a week later by NRATV to disparage a very noble campaign that I actually support. I’m sorry, guys. I’m sorry that an interview I did about a minority, black people in this country, and gun rights was used as a weapon against you guys. That was unfair to you and it was wrong, and it disparaged some very noble work you’re doing. … I do support the march and I support black people owning guns. It’s possible to do both.”
One of the many people to criticize the rapper was, as it turns out, MSNBC national correspondent Joy-Ann Reid. We now know this because, on Sunday, when Reid posted a selfie with her hair and make-up team (“H&M”), Killer Mike commented on her post to criticize her for what he assumed was her support of the retail chain H&M.
The clothing brand was under fire earlier this year after advertising a children’s sweater, modelled on a black child, that read “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.”
In his comment on Reid’s post, Killer Mike wrote, “So me doing an interview about black gun ownership with the NRA is ‘bad,’ but you promoting a company that tagged a black child a monkey is ‘good,’ cool,’ and ‘acceptable.’”
Wasting no time, Reid quickly swung back, replying, “‘H&M’ stands for ‘hair and makeup,’ Mike. And here I was thinking you were an intellectual, and not just the guy who hangs out in the sunken place talking guns with the NRA’s ‘official black guy’ who literally changed his last name to ‘black.’”
Ouch. For the record, Reid was referring to the NRA’S Colion Noir, who interviewed Killer Mike.
After what could be considered one of the most humiliating self-owns in social media history, Killer Mike finally admitted his mistake, and, in a series of tweets, apologized and said he’d be chatting with Reid sometime in the future to discuss gun control.
In his own words, “Love and Respect thanks for the correct.”