Post Malone is facing more backlash after posting a video on social media that many people raising their eyebrows. The controversial rapper reportedly filmed himself joyriding in Vegas on a Humvee – a military vehicle equipped with a machine gun – and the video didn’t exactly go over well on Twitter.
In the video, the “Rockstar” artist is seen riding on top of a Humvee. “It’s how you do Vegas, my boy,” the rapper said before pointing the camera down at the machine gun.
Upon viewing the clip, fans blasted the rapper on Twitter, suggesting he was being insensitive to gun violence and other current events. More specifically, many fans thought it was ill-timed considering a deadly shooting took place just a few months ago in Oct. 2017 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Fifty-nine people died and hundreds more were injured as a result of a lone gunman opening fire on the festival with a number of hand and machine guns.
Following initial backlash, however, Post Malone released a statement explaining the circumstances. “The gun isn’t real y’all. I was at Battlefield Vegas and they gave me a ride back in the Humvee,” he explained. “It really has nothing to do with anything. Just was having fun. Never thought anyone would assume that I was being disrespectful."
Check out the fan reactions below.
After the 2017 Vegas Shooting, seems in bad taste to parade around the city with a massive gun... I guess that’s America for ya, eh?— Ryan Culley (@ryculley) January 25, 2018
Seriously bro? You don’t think seeing a civilian driving a fucking machine gun down the road in Las Vegas after what happened there is gonna scare the ever living shit out of people? GTFO. I enjoy his music but this is nonsense. Def not “how you do Vegas”.— Aaron Cooper (@dontdieangry) January 25, 2018
There was a shooting in vegas recently and your driving around with a massive gun. Idiot— Smash Mouth (@TheStrangeEggo) January 25, 2018
Yeah as a Post fan I watched it and thought..."Hmmmmmm. Maybe too soon?" Idk— Kevin De Brian (@Brian_Martin10) January 25, 2018
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