The hip-hop world is up in arms against Fox News host Laura Ingraham, over what the Washington Post calls her “laughter-filled analysis” of murdered rapper and community activist Nipsey Hussle’s musical legacy.
On Friday, one day after a memorial service for Hussle, who was shot and killed in South Los Angeles, Ingraham mockingly ran a clip of “FDT,” Hussle’s 2016 hit with rapper YG, which disparaged then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
It was, the Post says, one of that year’s “most popular protest anthems,” the video showing Hussle walking through the Crenshaw neighborhood in South L.A., “with throngs of friends, fans and neighbors flashing expletive-laden signs” aimed at Trump.
“Now, Snoop Dogg, T.I., The Game and other notable hip-hop and R&B artists are calling on Fox to fire Ingraham for her ‘disrespect’ of the slain rapper,” says the Post. “The artists shared clips of the Hussle segment on their Instagram accounts, drawing millions of views and mounting support for their campaign.”
The campaign against Ingraham appears to have started Sunday with an Instagram post by the L.A.-based rapper The Game, who warned Fox News to dismiss Ingraham, or “lose millions of viewers one person at a time until it drastically affects your ratings.”
The post got the attention of Snoop Dogg, who spoke at Hussle’s memorial service and who replied: “I’m in.”
R&B artist Tank is trying a different approach — a petition, posted on iPetitions, demanding that Fox fire Ingraham. As of Tuesday night, the petition had more than 41,000 signatures.
“Disrespecting the deceased is not news!” Tank wrote on Instagram. “It’s just disrespect!”
So far Fox News has not responded publicly to the outcry.