Waka Flocka Flame turned heads earlier this week after he cancelled a University of Oklahoma performance after the release of the racist SAE chant video courtesy of an eloquent statement via Instagram. The Down South by way of New York rapper addressed the SAE matter further Tuesday night (Mar. 9) on cable news network CNN.
CNN’s Brianna Keilar spoke with Waka Flocka Flame, who shared his emotional journey regarding the release and the clip and his reaction. From there, Waka explained the impetus behind his decision to cancel an upcoming performance there and the stance he’s taken overall.
“My initial reaction was I first saw the video, I was more like, I was more like disgusted,” said Waka. “Because I knew those kids, I performed for those kids. They made me feel like a brother. Just to see what goes on behind closed was just disgusting.”
Keilar then showed video of Waka performing at the university during an event sponsored by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. The host asked Waka if he felt any sort of tension from the group, despite the generally amicable vibes present of the concert clip shown.
“Not at all, I felt like I was part of the frat,” explained Waka. “I felt like I was a frat boy when I was in them woods. I really felt like I was down with the fraternity.”
The whole SAE fiasco exploded over the weekend when a social movement group known as OU Unheard posted a Vine clip featuring the frat members uttering a racist chant song.
The ringleader of the chant, Parker Rice, has since apologized and blamed drinking for his actions. Rice and another student who led the chant were expelled from the university after a swift investigation.
Watch Waka Flocka Flame’s full interview with CNN over the SAE video below.
[h/t Miss Info]