Canadian singer Daniel Caesar may be a success in the industry but he hit a sour note with Twitter users Tuesday when he demanded Black people stop being “a victim” and “sensitive.”
The crooner took to Instagram Live March 19 to drunkenly rant about his feelings as he defended his pal, social media influencer YesJulz. On March 9, Julz faced backlash for criticizing radio and TV personality Scottie Beam and strategist Karen Civil on the podcast “Easily Offended.” Julz, who is white, appeared on the podcast to discuss a 2016 tweet asking if she should wear a shirt that read “n—as lie a lot” to make her cheating boyfriend jealous.
Julz, who has continuously been accused of being a culture vulture, said Beam and Civil — who is famous for her website that allowed Lil Wayne to connect with fans while he was imprisoned — have said she shouldn’t be hosting the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival in Miami. Beam and Civil denied that.
Enter Caesar, who jumped in to defend Julz from swift backlash over her remarks against the women. Amid his defense, he began to address Black people and asked “why are we being so mean to Julz? Why are we being so mean to white people right now?”
“It’s a serious question,” he continues. “Why is it that we’re allowed to be disrespectful and rude to everybody else and when anybody returns any type of energy to us — that’s not equality. I don’t wanna be treated like I can’t take a joke.”
“I had to acknowledge that in the moment, I was being f–king sensitive and that I need to be able to take a joke just like everybody else,” the “Blessed” singer says. “That’s what it is. People are allowed to say whatever the f— they want. … White people have been mean to us in the past. What are you gonna do about that? Tell me what you’re gonna do about that. There’s no answer other than creating understanding and keeping it moving. That’s some biblical s—. You have to bridge the gap.”
Caesar, who appears to be surrounded by white and/or mixed-race pals, acknowledges he is “drunk as f–k” at the moment but notes “I don’t care.”
Perhaps Caesar should have cared, however. Because his remarks then as well as later when he said “being a victim doesn’t get you paid” placed the Grammy winner in the crosshairs of irate Twitter users who promptly bashed him.
“Daniel Caesar is morphing into Uncle Ruckus before our eyes.”
“You know how racists be like ‘I’m not racist. I have a black friend.’ Daniel Caesar is that friend.”
“Daniel Caesar asked us to bridge the gap, when he can’t even bridge his…”
“Daniel Caesar really got his gap toothed ass on live to berate black people for being mean to white people? I’m so tired of hearing these celebrities speak.. now I can’t even listen to best part anymore smh.”
“Damn It Daniel Caesar goat mouth f–k, I was rooting for you.”