A white entrepreneur tried to mock Bow Wow for claiming to fly on a private jet and Black Twitter swiftly shut it down, leading the businessman to offer to a charity donation to clean up his mess.
Timothy Sykes is a stock trader best known for making $1.65 million at 21 by trading penny stocks. In between flaunting his wealth and lavish lifestyle on Instagram, he posed in front of a private jet to give Bow Wow, also known as Shad Moss, a lesson on how to brag.
“When you actually fly on a #privatejet, you can take a picture in front of it too, that way you don’t have to lie in interviews on how you did it on purpose to promote a TV show,” Sykes wrote on Instagram Saturday, May 13. “Unless you’re going to claim you stole my cash photo over a year ago for the show too!”
Bow Wow explained the photo op to “Ebro In The Morning” saying the method to his madness wasn’t understood.
“I’m about to have the biggest show on We TV period,” he said of the upcoming spin-off reality series of “Growing Up Hip-Hop.” “It’s a scientific method to my madness. You gotta just watch the show. Everything is for the show. You gotta just watch.”
Sykes dove into stereotypes to fuel his next blow toward Moss and insulted the “Growing Up Hip-Hop Atlanta” star’s intelligence.
“I don’t drink #hennessy or #sizzurp because I use my brain to make money as #knowledgeispower and the #stockmarket is what more people should respect, not failed musicians pretending to still be relevant…hit me up if you want to learn, I’ve taught people dumber than you before.”
Hey @shadmoss here's another lesson for you, when you actually fly on a #privatejet you can take a picture in front of it too, that way you don't have to lie in interviews on how you did it on purpose to promote a TV show…unless you're going to claim you stole my cash photo over a year ago for the show too! And you shouldn't have lied again (you have a real nasty habit with that don't you little man?) by saying the money wasn't mine because I ONLY post photos of MY money, you forget that I'm not a broke ass musician like those you hang around with, I don't drink #hennessy or #sizzurp because I use my brain to make money as #knowledgeispower and the #stockmarket is what more people should respect, not failed musicians pretending to still be relevant…hit me up if you want to learn, I've taught people dumber than you before, and as your thank you to me when I turn your financial situation around we can make a followup to your movie "Like Mike", but we'll call it "Like Tim"! #proudteacher #iloveteaching #bowwowchallenge #thegoodlife #bowwow #jewjetting #liljewjew
Online, many took issue with Sykes’ tweet.
Some thought it was racist.
Bow wow corny but this whole post is condescending and a bit racist https://t.co/mhMpS9FdWW
— gkb 031 (@JRonMelrose) May 15, 2017
black people have been dragging bow wow just fine without white ppl cos we do it while being funny and not using coded racist language https://t.co/LwPzuY6yms
— ? (@uunsis) May 15, 2017
— ✭Sanco Buc Nasty!✭ (@King_Yunn) May 15, 2017
Others explained only Black people can poke fun at Bow Wow.
@JRonMelrose Bow Wow might be a corny nigga but unfortunately he’s our corny nigga. I don’t feel comfortable seeing white people come at him like this ?
— name cannot be blank (@buzzcutbarbie) May 15, 2017
We can make fun of Bow Wow all day and tomorrow because he's one of ours but here's what we not finna do, white boy @timothysykes
— Minnie Butler (@xoxoxMinnie) May 15, 2017
Us clowning Bow Wow vs us seeing a white person clown Bow Wow pic.twitter.com/uUzRnAyRMu
— Robin Thick (@flylikerobin_) May 15, 2017
One person was upset she had to defend Bow Wow.
a white man is talking shit about Bow Wow now i gotta be on Bow Wow's side pic.twitter.com/mB3KCkxgDk
— Miki Minach (@doni_eLL) May 15, 2017
Since the backlash, Sykes has challenged Bow Wow to match his $100,000 donation to a charity of the rapper’s choice.
Hey @shadmoss here's the real #bowwowchallenge I will donate $100,000 to the charity of your choice if you match me and also donate $100,000 so we can raise a total of $200,000 right now to whatever cause you support and turn this stupid BS into something positive and good, what do you say? Everyone else please share this video, tag your friends and leave comments encouraging @theshaderoom and @worldstar to post this too so we can make sure #bowwow sees it and let's actually use #socialmedia to make the world a better place! #letsdothis #thetimothysykesfoundation #makesomethingoutofnothing #turningpoint #ichallengejew #liljewjew
Bow Wow hasn’t responded, leading Sykes to display the donation in cash and explaining his original Instagram post was not race-related before plugging his business.
Here's $100,000 in cash for your #dailymotivation tonight on your path to becoming my next #millionaire student as you're going to have to #studyhard and burn the midnight oil more than you want to make this kind of money, or more, in a year or two like my top students have, instead of resorting to just stealing photos of others who #workhard like @shadmoss and too many other wannabes do so the journey requires intense dedication and persistence…drink #hennessy #patron #greygoose and do whatever drugs you want too, but understand that you need every brain cell possible to achieve your goals, it's not a race thing, it's a brainpower thing and it doesn't matter what your background is or where you live, I teach online and have students in 80+ countries and will teach ANYONE as long as you're dedicated and willing to follow instructions to a T! Only like this photo, leave a comment and see more in my Instagram story if you're serious about your future! #ilovemyjob #dreamjob #dreambig #iloveteaching #dailyinspiration #stacksonstacks #itsgoodtobereal #jewspiration #thehardestworkingjewinthebusiness