The network was having a little fun celebrating the dope turnout to this year’s ABFF Honors and used the hashtag #BlackBoyJoy under a photo of their New Edition cast. Taking issue with grown Black men being called “boys,” Ja proceeded to go off — right there in the comment section — as he felt BET should “know better.”
The Queens rapper wrote “@bet Who’s behind this blackboyjoy hashtag NOT COOL VERY DEMEANING you don’t call a BLACK MAN A BOY PLS STOP THAT #… it goes all the way back to slavery and segregation you don’t call ANY MAN A BOY it’s disrespectful… but takes on a whole different meaning for black men @bet should know better…”
Unfortunately (for Ja), many of his peers were watching, and not only did Tank call him out, he reminded him of his not-so-unblemished past, which by the way, includes two consecutive prison bids. “These young men have done nothing but shine a light on black excellence! How in God’s name can u find something wrong with that? It’s not like you’ve been a beacon of hope for our community so I think you should rethink your position. Let’s these young men live in the success of their hard work! Please! #TheGeneral,” Tank wrote.
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