In a surprise move, Whoopi Goldberg has called out rapper Kendrick Lamar for belittling a fan who used the “N” word as she sang one of his songs (filled with “N” words).
The lead co-host on ABC’s “The View” on Tuesday seemed to take the side of the young woman named Delaney, whom Lamar castigated after calling her to the stage during a concert.
“I don’t think he should have [called her out],” Goldberg said. “The word is in the lyrics. … Don’t put it in if you don’t want people to sing it!”
The Pulitzer Prize-winning hip hop artist was performing in Gulf Shores, Alabama, on Friday when he invited a young (white) female fan to sing along on his song “M.A.A.D. City.”
The chorus goes:
Where you from, n****?
“Fuck who you know, where you from, my n****?
“Where your grandma stay, huh, my n****?
“This M.A.A.D. city I run, my n****”
Delaney sang those words, but then Lamar shut down the music to scold his young fan.
“You gotta’ bleep one single word, though.”
Delaney apologized profusely. “Oh I’m sorry, did I do it?”
“Yeah, you did it.”
“I’m so sorry,” said the flustered fan.
Then Lamar turned to the crowd: “Should she stay up here, y’all?” There were mixed boos and cheers and “no’s.” Delaney said: “No, please keep me up here. I’ll try my hardest. I’m used to singing it like you wrote it.”
She was allowed to stay, but Lamar cut her time short before moving on to another fan.
Co-host Joy Behar said on “The View” that Lamar’s actions were “almost like a setup for the poor girl,” adding she “felt sorry” for her. She also said there are plenty of other words Lamar should not be using. “He has a song called ‘B***h, Don’t Kill My Vibe,'” Behar said. ”[T]he word ‘b***h’ is in that. Maybe it’s inappropriate for him to say that.”
Goldberg then elaborated on her. “I believe that when these young writers have taken ahold of that word … what they’ve done is they’ve taken the word and said, ‘Listen, it’s not going to affect me the way you want it to.'”