UPDATE (4/6/17, 12:00 p.m.): After hours of French Montana's name stapled to Twitter's trending topic list for an incendiary tweet on a non-fan's "nappy hair," the "I Ain't Got No Worries" rap star has extended an apology to some of his fans he rubbed the wrong way.
Revisiting proof of his Motherland roots, he reminded everyone that his mother is an African queen and that he also married one. The Morroco-born hip-hop artist does feel, however, that he was unfairly targeted for simply defending himself.
"But this is a perfect example of even when u defending yourself and minding your business, social media would drag your name [through] the mud," he tweeted. "But on another note #StayWoke."
Hopefully he can use this experience to open up some much-needed conversations on race and ethnicity. See his apology in the tweets below.
Not even a full 24 hours has gone by since fans discovered that Bronx’s Coke Boys Records rap star French Montana ditched his Instagram, and he’s already the talk of social media town. Unfortunately, however, he’s got his distasteful clapback to a fan’s shady comment, which has sent practically all of Black Twitter into his mentions, to thank for that.
Following news of French’s digital disappearance, the young, Black female fan didn’t hold her 140-characters back to express just how irrelevant she finds him to be.
“The fact that French Montana thinks anyone cares about him…,” she tweeted. Though she never included an actual “@” mention for French, he landed on the comment with a pretty inciting insult that obviously missed the mark.
“[You] crusty, dusty, rusty a** h**,” he started. “With them nappy a** poetic justice braids. Take your c** drinking, d**k banging a** somewhere n be humble.”
With the dozens of ways everyone else felt the “No Shopping” rapper could have responded, they especially didn’t take kindly to his snub of her “nappy” hairstyle, a cheap shot that’s habitually used to mock and shame the natural tresses of Black women. Dreamville's first lady Ari Lennox even jumped in on the recoil. But after being whipped by Twitter backlash, French went on to defend his comments with the argument that because his son is Black and he was born in Africa, there’s just no way he could have been discriminatory.
Though his defense might have inadvertently stirred up another debate on race and ethnicity, it simultaneously stirred up a full dragging session with French’s name at the tail end of it. Yikes! It looks like French’s decision to go AWOL from the social media scene for a little while may have been a good idea after all.
See where it all started and how Twitter is taking French’s shade to “nappy” hair in the posts below.
U musty crusty dusty rusty ass hoe— French Montana (@FrencHMonTanA) April 6, 2017
With them nappy ass poetic justice braids take your cum drinking Dick banging ass somewhere n be humble🙏 https://t.co/yBHeZCKDCz
My son is black, and I was born in africa I lived there for 13 years— French Montana (@FrencHMonTanA) April 6, 2017
I ain't no punching bag, and I don't discriminate !don't come for me 🙏 https://t.co/qnnfcCRhCQ
French Montana fused all of his anger in his reply on negative stereotypes of black women; its more than just her braids— Heaux (@_sayof) April 6, 2017
When will a woman's blackness not be used as a way to insult her? Bye French Montana— Ari Lennox (@AriLennox) April 6, 2017
i been saying french montana corny but hey good morning— Frankie Lymon (@TheMastrRoberts) April 6, 2017
Y'all missing the point w/ the French Montana thing. It's not okay whether he's black or not. STOP DEGRADING BLACK WOMEN.— 4/14✨ | ItsJustTre (@heyitsjustttre) April 6, 2017
French Montana searched his name to find a dark skinned BW to insult. Cause its ppl ALL OVER twitter calling him trash that he didn't bother— TeaStorm (@stillcham) April 6, 2017
Besides being anti-Black, @FrencHMonTanA sounds like a damn 12 year old bully on the playground. And these are the people with influence— J. Snow (@ProducerJSnow) April 6, 2017
#french Montana just needs to apologize by recognizing that what he said feeds into anti-black women narratives. Btw: Leave bw's hair alone— Cassandrarose16 (@Cassandrarose77) April 6, 2017
Of course black men think French Montana is black. One their "nigga prerequisites" is degrading black women for laughs— Harleen Quinzel (@ThatGirl_Wiggy) April 6, 2017
@FrencHMonTanA She didn't come for your looks or your culture. You really used the word "nappy" as a drag against a black women in 2017??— Fillie (@kixFil) April 6, 2017
this woman don't look to different from french montana baby mother. they love fucking black women not loving black women pic.twitter.com/nBVSz5SXEz— L.I.T of S.S Deadass (@Loud_plug) April 6, 2017
Lesson of #FrenchMontana situation: y'all need to stop coming for black women and thinking there will be no consequences. Leave us alone.— Cassandrarose16 (@Cassandrarose77) April 6, 2017
My mother is african queen and I was married to a beautiful black queen— French Montana (@FrencHMonTanA) April 6, 2017
All I did was defend myself if I affended anybody I apologize
But this is a perfect example of even when u defending yourself and minding your Business social media would drag your name thru the mud ‼️— French Montana (@FrencHMonTanA) April 6, 2017
But on another note #STAYWOKE— French Montana (@FrencHMonTanA) April 6, 2017
(Photo: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Neiman Marcus)