Wiz Khalifa insists that he is not a racist despite the criticism surrounding a line from his new track, "Hot Now."
Wiz Khalifa Defends 'Hot Now' Korean Lyrics
In a new interview, the rapper responded to the backlash, arguing that the lyric, which many deemed offensive, was not made to mock.
"Chill out, I'm not a racist. I love all races," he told The Breakfast Club. "I have Korean friends who are not offended, so I don't know those people who are saying that."
The offending line goes, "smoke got my eyes lookin' Korean." Many were not happy over the reference, saying that it was racist particularly because the stereotype was used to bully people of Korean descent in the United States.
Wiz Khalifa's "Hot Now" is bullshit.
"smoke got my eyes lookin' Korean"
Racist, much? People complain about racial stereotypes, but freaking Wiz Khalifa does it right under the public's nose and because you can't be racist towards Asians, apparently, it's totally cool. — mmmbluey (@mmmbluey2) July 15, 2018
Wiz Khalifa's new song straight up makes a racist remark against Koreans but of course nobody is going to bring it up because racism against Asians isn't a thing in the US — Brian Chang (@bchang3) July 17, 2018
"Smoke got my eyes lookin' Korean" - a line in 'Hot Now' by Wiz Khalifa If you don't find anything wrong with this line, unfollow me right now. Discrimination & racism against Asians has been going for many years w/o anyone batting an eye and I am tired of it. — elise (@lovxlise) July 16, 2018
Khalifa added that he, often, references other races in his song. He argued that he also says that he "smoke like a Jamaican" and "live like a white man."
"My art is up for interpretation," he stated. "So if it pisses you off, cool."
Complex noted that Khalifa was not the first and only rapper to reference the stereotype in a track. In the 2008 track "Amazin," Jeezy rapped in the chorus that his eyes would slant "like an Asian" whenever he smokes blunt.
Tyga Backs Wiz Khalifa
Tyga also came into the defense of his fellow against those who continue to criticize the lyric as racist. In a conversation with the paparazzi, Tyga, who is of Vietnamese descent, could not see anything wrong with the line.
He also said that Khalifa is his friend.