Controversy has seemingly become second nature to Fox News – in fact, in 2018, it was rated by a Gallup/Knight poll as the most biased national news network.
Because of this, any representative of the network’s comments are usually less than surprising, though often wildly offensive. However, Laura Ingraham’s latest comments on the death of esteemed rapper Nipsey Hussle are abhorrent and unacceptable, and she should no longer be paid by Fox to make inflammatory claims.
Rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was murdered on March 31 outside of his Los Angeles clothing store, The Marathon Clothing. Asghedom, a South Los Angeles native, was known in his community as a true humanitarian who attempted to contribute to his home community in the best ways he knew how.
Karen Bass, representative of California’s 37th District, which includes Los Angeles, tweeted that she is committed to solidify the rapper’s social contributions in the Congressional Record so they can live on in his memory.
Nipsey’s legacy will live on in all of those who continue to uplift, those who continue to inspire, and those who continue to lift as they climb.
My heart goes out to his family and the community that loved and admired him. 3/3
— Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass) April 1, 2019
“I will be heading to the House Floor next week to formally enter Nipsey Hussle’s contributions to South Los Angeles into the Congressional Record where it will be a part of United States history forever,” Bass’ Twitter reads.
She continued singing his praises via a statement posted Sunday, April 14. “Nipsey loved his community and it showed,” she explained.
But Ingraham purposely didn’t include any of these accomplishments or accolades in her analysis. One day after the 33-year-old activist passed away, in an attempt to dismantle his achievements, Ingraham sarcastically referred to him as “this dear artist,” and stated the song FDT by YG featuring Nipsey Hussle had “a very creative refrain.”
The cypher read, “Nipsey Hussle’s wholesome song featuring Donald Trump,” in an obvious attempt use his political views as a weapon, and to diminish his musical talent simultaneously.
Ingraham followed this up with a shot of the FDT music video which never showed Nipsey–only rapper YG, who looks nothing like the slain musician.
In relation to the chorus, which echoes “F*** Donald Trump,” Ingraham commented and asked viewers if it was “related to the lowest unemployment ever basically for African Americans.”
Her racism and bias is apparently so evident that she feels the need to degrade someone so soon after their death. Rappers mirrored these comments, calling for her release from the network.
Despite her attempts of defamation, a meeting requested by Nipsey Hussle and rapper Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company with the Los Angeles Police Department was scheduled before his death and will still continue in his memory, as he was a respected and honored member of his community.
“He pulled himself from his boot strings, laying roots through everything–police problems, as a black male trying to grow up and be enterprising, we face a lot of things in the community, you know, the politics within the hood, just hate. He transcended everything and just stayed there and became a beacon of light,” Asghedom’s brother Samiel said.
Though Nipsey Hussle’s musical and philanthropical legacy remains untouched by these problematic statements, disrespecting a man who cannot defend himself is not news, and as a journalist, Ingraham should be ashamed of the defamatory content she is propagating as a member of the Fox News network.