Desi Banks has emerged as one of the more popular comedians to use social media to elevate their art, amassing a strong following in the process. However, Banks may have undone some of that support after posting a meme that was critical of the intense nature of the George Floyd protests happening across the nation.
Saturday morning (May 30), Banks posted the image of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. walking lockstep with other peaceful protestors with the caption of the meme reading, “This Is A Protest” over the King marchers atop an image of the looting happening in Minneapolis with the caption reading, “This Is A Crime.”
On Friday, Banks angered many by shouting down the protests and destruction of businesses, most specifically Black-owned ones. He apologized to his fans but some are questioning why he doubled down and posted the meme.
It appears the meme is shouting down the protests in South Minneapolis, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and other major American cities. As it stands, the death of Floyd and the recent death of others like Breonna Taylor has become a tipping point of sorts for the passionate reactions of late.
Banks hasn’t been the only high profile Black person to address the protests and call for calm as Killer Mike made a passionate plea to the city of Atlanta to keep their reactions on the peaceful side of things and to keep businesses intact.
On Twitter, Banks is getting the expected reaction to tweet with some flat out calling him corny along with other choice words. We’ve collected those reactions for your viewing below.
Nah wtf is this simulation dawg u got randy Orton saying Black Lives matter and Desi tap dancing. Lmaooooooo wtf.— UOTE 6/6/21 (@DA__LANDL0RD) May 30, 2020
What do you call this Desi? Attempted murder? pic.twitter.com/lyGYFEHPXM— GODFIDENCE (@AyyooGoddess) May 30, 2020
druski watching desi fumble the bag like pic.twitter.com/GMWPwt06K9— Rozay Mourinho 🅴 (@blvckcement) May 30, 2020
Me hitting that unfollow button on desi banks pic.twitter.com/sM08Uo7EyF— papa smurf (@broleavemealone) May 30, 2020
Desi was making money off Hood Dudes and as soon as the real ones showed up he went back to the subdivision.— 📌 (@tommiedotjpg) May 30, 2020
Nobody:— Trill Withers (@TylerIAm) May 30, 2020
Nobody at all:
Desi banks: And another thing☝️🏿....
desi banks gon have to start makin “how white dudes” skits cause that gon be his only fan base— the don of don julio (@_TonyHilfiger) May 30, 2020
Nah call Desi what he is. A sellout. Protect them pockets tho. That’s the price they give for their soul.— ScientistBae. (@BeautyKINGC) May 30, 2020
Do you know what day that first picture was taken on, Desi? Are you aware of what happened? Do you even care? https://t.co/VJ8vQ6GlkE— Chawanna (@DrChaeEd) May 30, 2020
Desi Banks career after these coon tweets pic.twitter.com/lgDHLZSToN— g g g g unit (@Kedyssi) May 30, 2020
Delete this Desi. DELETE THIS https://t.co/6iCuD9KVef— Dee Holt ❄️ ➏ (@D_1andOnly_) May 30, 2020
Desi: *apologizes for dumb comments after getting ate up*— i am the original bop. (@KyleNaughtonJr) May 30, 2020
Desi: *wakes up and does it again*
fuck allat— jay (@JAYVERSACE) May 30, 2020
We love you. But this is disappointing. “Looting” is a result of not having and our people have had to survive and struggle for hundreds of years here.— Veteran Freshman - #PapaYuie (@yusufyuie) May 30, 2020
Building can be rebuilt and items can be restocked but our lives can not be returned. Wake up brother.
Desi Banks mentions after he told everybody to get out and Vote if they want to see change— 💰 (@_1vonte) May 30, 2020