Rapper Tokyo Jetz Posts Tearful Apology Video For George Floyd Joke
Rapper Tokyo Jetz shared an apology video on Instagram Monday, after social media called her out for making an insensitive joke about George Floyd.
As protests continue around the country over Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, fans took issue with Tokyo seeming to make light of the situation. She broke down in tears in her response video.
Tokyo Jetz Makes George Floyd Joke
According to XXL, a video recently surfaced which apparently came from Atlanta hairstylist iamhairphysician’s Instagram stories. In the clip, Tokyo Jetz puts a man in a headlock and says, “I’ma George Floyd your motherfucking ass.”
George Floyd, a black man, died last week after police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s neck during an arrest. Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, and the incident has sparked protests across the country and around the world.
The Twitter user who posted the video declared that Tokyo is “CANCELED,” saying, “shit not a joke.” Tokyo Jetz was reportedly trending on Twitter over the video, with people calling her comment “disrespectful” and “uncalled for.”
Tokyo Posts Apology Video For George Floyd Joke
On Monday, Tokyo posted a three-minute apology video on her Instagram account. In the clip, she sits in her car and talks to the camera, saying she’s not there to make an “excuse” for herself.
She said she wasn’t looking for “sympathy,” adding that “what I did was wrong as hell.” She explained, “I made a bad decision. I made a joke out of a situation that’s serious as fuck.” Tokyo added that she’s told herself “ten times worse” than the comments she has received.
Tokyo also acknowledged that she and her son are black, and that “at any given moment, it could be me that needs somebody to stand up for me. It could be him. It could be anybody around me.”
Some fans accepted her apology, praising her “accountability” and saying “people make mistakes.” However, others weren’t having it, telling her to “hush.” One commenter said, “I really like you too but that was just wild.”