It’s all about the message, hypocrisy be damned.
Rapper Vic Mensa performed at the “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, dedicating his performance to “all the unarmed black men and women killed by police weapons,” before taking to Twitter to call for a ban of AR-15 rifles.
This being the same Vic Mensa who pleaded guilty to a gun crime in California last year.
The rapper, whose real name is Victor Kwesi Mensah, was arrested during a traffic stop for having a concealed a weapon in his car without a permit, according to TMZ.
Mensah was stopped for running a stop sign and had a second count of carrying an unregistered loaded firearm dropped, the celebrity news website reported.
He appears to believe in a gun for me, but not for thee, because shortly after coming off stage Saturday, Mensah tweeted: “Ban the AR-15 #MARCHFOROURLIVES.”
After word of his arrest got out, the rapper took to Twitter on Monday to defend his rank hypocrisy.
“Carrying a licensed pistol in the wrong state has nothing to do with AR-15s killing children in schools,” Mensah tweeted.
Looking to clear his, ahem, good name, Mensah also took exception to a social media user calling his gun charge a felony amid her mockery and set the record straight:
As for the reaction online, his fan club aside, well, it wasn’t pretty, Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
A gun violence rally that turns into bashing the police . ??♂️ Some people just can’t help themselves
— Tom Thompson (@thompson7944) March 24, 2018
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