There were fireworks in Damon Wayans Jr.'s Twitter mentions last night, and they were sparked by some comments the actor and comedian made about the Fourth of July.
Wayans posted a snarky tweet on Independence Day talking about white people taking pride in their racist ancestors, but quickly found backlash from white folks accusing him of going too far. Welp. The Second Generation Wayans star didn't apologize, instead starting a Twitter war of the words with his offended followers.
The drama started with this tweet:
Happy white people proud of their racist ancestors day— Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) July 4, 2017
A self-identified "deplorable" called Wayans out as a Hollywood elite and said the actor is bringing back "fabricated racism." Wayans couldn't help but respond:
A joke some took too personally. So what. Jokes aren't illegal.— Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) July 4, 2017
Then, the attacks started getting personal...
Thanks Jason :) . Will do :) 😘— Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) July 4, 2017
...and the side-eye continued:
Yep, it was a joke. But feel free to be offended by it. ;)— Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) July 4, 2017
Wayans ultimately stopped responding to the haters, but the comments continued, and got more and more bizarre:
When I think of all the men and women who have died for our independence, laughter does not come to mind.— jan (@ricknjan) July 4, 2017
Pretty sure black on black slavery alive and well in central africa. But that wouldnt fit the victim mentality and phoney virtue signaling— Craig McKenzie (@Craig50085) July 4, 2017
They were the ones who captured other tribes and sold them into slavery. Black on black crime isn't a new thing.— Archer Myles (@archer_myles) July 4, 2017
Yep...or the fact that it was AMERICANS that ended slavery....hmmm how many white men died to accomplish that??— jim sgrig (@piewagn) July 4, 2017
Wayans clearly didn't realize what he would be getting himself into. Watch the young star and his family talk to Oprah about their reality show, above.
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