The shockingly devastating U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrest of 21 Savage shook the internet on Sunday (February 3) after news broke that the notorious government agency was holding the Atlanta rapper in custody as part of a “targeted operation.”
Updates were scant as ICE spokesperson Brian Cox spared little to no information on 21, real name Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, who he claims is an “unlawfully present United Kingdown national” whose 2005 visa expired long ago. Thereafter, memes on 21’s alleged UK nativity and his possible deportation washed over social media—much to saddened 21 fans’ discontent. These same fans rushed to his defense, reminding the Twitter masses that there’s actually not much humor in a young, Black father being captured and held against his will by one of the most notorious and dirty-dealing government agencies and especially not under the Donald Trump regime. Pop singer Demi Lovato apparently didn’t see it that way and partook in her own laugh fest over the 21 memes popping up on her Twitter timeline too. That is, before Twitter turned their shameful memes about her drug addiction back around on her and consequently deported the “Sorry Not Sorry” artist right out of the Twitterverse. Unfortunately for her, the Instagram jabs she then punched at D.C.’s lauded hip-hop poet and MMG rapper Wale—who attempted to correct her foul—didn’t help her case, either.
“Why is somebody freedom funny…” he wrote to her on Twitter. “I don’t get the joke.” The Gifted rapper simply reminded Demi of the outpouring of love and support she received during her recent public tribulation, in which the singer was found unconscious in her home after reportedly overdosing. “A lot of people were sending you love, light prayers etc.,” he continued. “When people were making jokes about u at a rough time. A lot of people. Bless up.”
Along with the scorching backlash about her addiction and drug overdose that social media attacked her with afterward.
Claiming that she “wasn’t laughing at anyone getting deported," she said she understood that it’s not a joke and also never laughed at that aspect of it. “The meme I posted/was talking about was of him writing with a feather pen.” She claims to be “sorry if [she] offended anyone,” but condemned the internet for laughing at her prior addiction and overdose situation as a spiteful move to their discontent with her 21 Savage input.
Demi would soon take another L there as well after claiming Wale was “just salty [she] never replied to his desperate tweets years ago.” Instead of Wale stooping to Demi and returning the shade, he floated on the high road. “Still ain’t gon disrespect you,” he responded to her. “Still praying for you Demi. Glad u seen my old tweets. Hopefully you seen the ones providing comfort and prayer when you were down. I don’t kick people when they down. Go queen.” Even Russell Simmons showed up with a salute for Wale, commenting that it was “pretty damn gracious of you @wale, Hip hop is so grown and conscious and and and…Black and beautiful.”
*Cues slow clap* King vibes.
See how the internet reacted to Demi’s 21 Savage input gone horribly wrong and Wale’s support below.
(Photos from left: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images, Roy Rochlin/Getty Images, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)