Picking a fight with the left-wing thought police isn’t a task everyone’s up to.
Rapper Killer Mike stunned Americans with an unabashed pro-Second Amendment interview for NRATV last week in which he called gun control advocates “lack[ies] of the progressive movement,” but ultimately issued an apology and declared support for Saturday’s March For Our Lives rally after receiving backlash.
“We’re raising a generation of kids where everyone gets’ a trophy. But in real life, everyone doesn’t get a trophy,” Killer Mike, real name Michael Render, told NRATV’s Colion Noir. “In real life, the cops don’t come on time.”
The artist said he instructed his children not to participate in the March 14 national school Walkout Day in support of stricter gun laws, telling them “I love you, but if you walk out that school, walk out my house.”
“You can’t continue to be the lackey,” he added. “You’re a lackey of the progressive movement because you have never disagreed with the people who tell you what to do.”
Render, a political progressive who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) candidacy but refused to endorse Hillary Clinton, disagreed that gun control is a progressive cause.
“[They are] going to progress us into slavery,” he said of gun control activists.
In an apparent jab at the celebrities–including Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, and Steven Spielberg–who gave major financial donations to March For Our Lives, Render argued: “Celebrities often don’t know what to do. They’re told what to do.”
The interview was received negatively by many of Render’s fans.
yeah, no. the NRA is a racist organization which supports killing unarmed black people. if you didn’t know this before you stepped in it, i don’t know what is wrong with you.
sorry, @KillerMike. i hope you find comfort in guns cuz you killed your rep.
— tammy lauren’s cooter shooter?? (@maison21) March 26, 2018
Spot on. How did he miss this, and the fact the NRA is all about protecting whiteness? They could care less abt black gun ownership. They used you and that other brother on their network.
— Cheryl Carter-Ellis (@saponicheryl) March 26, 2018
Dude Sold out his people for some NRA money… Let him suffer justly!
— Ble$$ed (@JohnnyRoybal) March 26, 2018
How much the NRA pay you??
— Adam (@adam_ninotalito) March 26, 2018
In response, Render issued a two-part video apology on Twitter, in which he claimed the “interview was used a week later by NRATV to disparage a very noble campaign that I actually support.”
I hope this clears some stuff up. Love and Respect to all. Part 1 pic.twitter.com/pq977HEG7A
— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) March 25, 2018
— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) March 25, 2018
“I’m sorry…that an interview I did about a minority—black people in this country—and gun rights was used as a weapon against you guys,” Render said, directing his remarks to student gun control activists. “That was unfair to you and it was wrong, and it disparaged some very noble work you’re doing.”
Render’s bandmate, Jaime Meline, known by the stage name EL-P, defended his friend on Twitter while noting their differing views on guns.
“I don’t drop friends from my life just because I disagree with them or how they went about getting a message out, even when it goes wrong,” Meline, a staunch gun control advocate, wrote.
The incident sparked responses from observers who believed Render should not have walked back on his interview comments.
— Susan Stich (@SusanStich1) March 26, 2018
The left wing grievance mob will not allow anyone to express any opinion that doesn’t fit their own narrative. Sad.
— James Mitchem (@jamesmitchem7) March 26, 2018
After the left attacked him, he recanted. Hmmm…sounds familiar
— Bonnie (@oopyduke) March 26, 2018
Damn. I was all set to drop $100 on iTunes too. Oh well. I’ll save my money for someone with a backbone.
— Leftist Seppuku Instructor (@AlphaMikeFox2) March 26, 2018
Only thing u should be sorry about is caving in 2 the pressure of group think. UR better than that but I understand u have 2 pay the bills.
— T.W. Haines (@T_W_Haines) March 26, 2018
They bullied him. Muddied it until he has to apologize. He’s authentic. I get why he apologized. Still, unnecessary. Division came from one “side” and they robbed him of his voice. #BlackManDown https://t.co/d0BbCDjKqL
— Ali Alexander ? (@ali) March 26, 2018
Why are people labeled “divisive” or “controversial” if they talk about issues as important as constitutional rights? It’s Orwellian to call discussion of topics as divisive. The goal is to police speech and make people afraid to discuss and have opinions on issues. #SpeechPolice
— Adorable Deplorable ?? (@OliMauritania) March 26, 2018