Tokyo Jetz is issuing a tearful apology after mocking George Floyd.
The rapper, who is signed to T.I.’s Grand Hustle label, was seen on camera making an insensitive joke about the death of Floyd, who was killed after a police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes. “I’ma George Floyd your motherfu**in’ ass,” she said after appearing to choke her friend in the now-viral clip.
Tokyo Jetz is facing backlash after mocking George Floyd’s death in a video clip.
“Ima George Floyd your motherf*cking ass.” pic.twitter.com/h50WY2tY54
— THE NEIGHBORHOOD TALK (@TNHTalk) June 1, 2020
After facing outrage and backlash over the offensive remark, she removed all her Instagram posts and issued an emotional apology to her 1.7 million followers. In her video, she called her actions inexcusable and apologized to those protesting for justice.
“I’m not doing this video to ask for no type of sympathy ’cause what I did was wrong as hell,” she said. “First and foremost, I just want to apologize to family, to people out on the front lines, to people who actually stand up for us.”
She held back tears as she sat behind the wheel of her car. “I don’t want nobody to ever think that I don’t understand that I’m black as fuck. I can never be nothing else,” she said while also mentioning that her son is black. “At any given moment, it could be me that needs somebody to stand up for me. It could be him. It could be anybody around me.
“I made a bad decision. I made a joke out of a decision that’s serious as fuck… I’m embarrassed not so much for myself but for the people that respect me, my son, what I’m supposed to stand for.”
She ended with one more apology: “I know I was dead ass wrong and like I said, ain’t no excuse for it.”
While some were willing to accept her apology, not everyone was willing to excuse her comments and still called for her cancelation.
Don’t believe TokyoJetz tears. She said what she said 🤦🏾♂️ cancel her 🤷🏾♂️
— Elijah Hall (@EliHall13) June 1, 2020
Oh nah Tokyo Jetz. This is a cancel that is warranted…
— ANGEEZY ON AIR (@AngailtheGREAT) June 1, 2020