The rapper was arrested by ICE over the weekend after the agency said he has been in the U.S. illegally.
ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox said the Grammy-nominated star, whose birth name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was taken into federal immigration custody early Sunday after being arrested in a targeted operation around Atlanta area. Cox said 21 Savage is a citizen of the United Kingdom who emigrated to the U.S. in July 2005 legally with a visa, but it expired the next year. He’s since remained in the country, and in October 2014 was convicted on felony drug charges.
Afterward, many fans have expressed shock over the fact that the performer, who represents Atlanta, is a citizen of the United Kingdom. They also promptly created memes about the discovery.
21 Savage being British was right in front of us this whole time pic.twitter.com/Kj2Ym8sp2d
— Big Head Sam (@BIGHEADSAM) February 3, 2019
It was the comical responses to the revelation that had Lovato tweeting Sunday, Feb. 3, “So far 21 savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl 🤷🏻♀️”
Promptly, folks began to tear into the singer, who has been open about her struggle with sobriety and famously fell off the wagon last year. Among those responding to her tweet was rapper Wale who said, “Why is somebody freedom funny … I don’t get the joke.”
“A lot of people were sending you love, light, prayers etc. When people were making jokes about u at a rough time. A lot of people. Bless up,” he added in a follow-up tweet.
“This what you use to write your lyrics,” one person tweeted accompanied by a photo of a spoon, implying she used heroin to create her music.
The criticism pushed Lovato to deactivate her Twitter account and issue an apology on her Instagram Story.
But Lovato wasn’t alone in getting attacked for her response to the matter. Lahren also caught heat when she tweeted, “I got one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight ICE agents ready to deport ya.”
Wale once again gave his two cents to his favorite Twitter target. He said, “U a bird and a half.”
“Don’t make me get my leash,” she said.
“This is interesting, because you had no problem with 21 Savage when your ass was rapping along to him. You’re a sham,” a Twitter user posted.
“Never said I wasn’t a fan of his music!” Lahren replied.