Earlier in the week (Aug. 21), the country collectively paused whatever they were doing to go outside and look up at the solar eclipse – the first we’ve seen in that last 99 years. Forecasters and astronomy experts warned everyone to use protective glasses to look at the phenomenon, but apparently Joey Bada$$ wasn’t listening. Unfortunately, the rapper must’ve turned the volume down when news outlets were discussing the safety precautions, because he stared directly at the sun without special eye gear, causing him to cancel four of his performances on the Logic’s Everybody Tour due to vision impairment.
Joey was supposed to open for Logic in Cleveland, Chicago, and Toronto. But because of his eye injuries, the rapper announced on Twitter that he would no longer be able to attend. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, my Cleveland, Chicago, & Toronto shows on the #Everybody Tour are cancelled,” he tweeted. “Am I crazy for watching the eclipse today w no glasses? I sungazed before and afterward saw colors for a whole day. I didn’t die tho.”
Due to unforeseen circumstances, my Cleveland, Chicago & Toronto shows on the #EverybodyTour are cancelled.— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) August 22, 2017
Joey continued his thoughts, questioning how “our ancestors” were able to view the eclipse without eyewear. “This ain’t the first solar eclipse and I’m pretty sure our ancestors ain’t have no fancy eyewear. Also pretty sure they ain’t all go blind. It is true; protective eyewear hasn’t always been around forever. But those who looked up at the light all those years ago probably experienced some blurriness or discoloration just like Joey.
According to experts, staring at the solar eclipse can burn your retina, which ultimately damages the images your brain is able to decipher and view. Effects of staring at the eclipse could range from temporary eye impairment to permanent blindness or loss of vision. So it sounds like Joey Bada$$ might have gotten lucky this time. But the solar eclipse will reportedly return to a sky near us in 2024, so the rapper should probably make sure he cops a pair of glasses for next time.
Am I crazy for watching the eclipse today w no glasses? I've sungazed before and afterwards saw colors for a whole day. I didn't die tho— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) August 21, 2017
This ain't the first solar eclipse and I'm pretty sure our ancestors ain't have no fancy eyewear. Also pretty sure they ain't all go blind.— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) August 21, 2017
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