Following the tragic slaying of rapper Nipsey Hussle, Fox News host Laura Ingraham spoke about the late artist on her show “The Ingraham Angle” last Friday. A clip of the segment shows Ingraham, 55, smiling and laughing while discussing Hussle’s music and emotional memorial service.
Justin Bieber is one of several prominent musicians to condemn her for what he calls a “disgusting… laugh in the face of a person who has passed on” on television. On Thursday, he posted an Instagram saying Ingraham should be fired.
“Laura Ingraham absolutely disgusting what you did on national television. How dare you laugh in the face of a person who has passed on. Doesn’t matter who it is,” Bieber, 25, wrote. “But disrespecting someone’s who was a pillar in the community and did right by people? Did you not think about the family who just lost a love one and now have to see you mock him on national television It’s absurd and you should be fired period.”
Nipsey Hussle, real name Ermias Asghedom, was gunned down outside of his own clothing store, The Marathon, in Los Angeles on April 2. He was a Grammy-nominated artist and a philanthropist, beloved by his community. According to USA Today, Hussle was active in trying to “bridge the gap between rival gangs for years, uniting in his Crip blue with Blood gang rappers YG and The Game, known by the color red.” Shortly before he died, he met with the Los Angeles chief of police “to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids,” Steve Soboroff, president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, told the outlet.
On “The Ingraham Angle,” Ingraham said that “thousands lined the streets to say goodbye to rapper Nipsey Hussle.”
“Now this dear artist recently released a song called ‘FDT,’ F Donald Trump,” she continued. The track does feature Hussle, but Ingraham’s show played a clip of the song’s music video featuring rapper YG onscreen, not Hussle.
Ingraham and her guest, Raymond Arroyo, joked as the music video played. “Now that’s a very creative refrain,” Ingraham said. Arroyo, replied: “Very catchy.”
The two laughed. “So, the chorus it goes on and on. Is that related to the lowest unemployment ever basically for African Americans?” Ingraham questioned.
Bieber is just one of several prominent musicians who have spoken out against the conservative commentator, following her remarks.
The Game, a close friend of the rapper, used social media to echo calls for Ingraham’s firing. “So lemme tell you what’s going to happen here…. @foxnews fires this disrespectful (expletive) by tomorrow,” he wrote on Instagram. “We are NO LONGER laying quiet while you continuously disrespect our brother, culture African Americans as a whole. I will use my platform & call on my peers to do the same.”
The rapper T.I. called Ingraham’s remarks, “disgusting” on social media. “You both are vile despicable, poor excuses for people,” he wrote on Instagram. “My expectations have already decreased so much for mankind in the past couple weeks that this hardly surprised me… especially from @foxnews.”
The artist Tank shared a petition on social media also calling for her firing. It has more than 45,000 signatures as of Friday morning. “Disrespecting the deceased is not news!” he wrote on Instagram. “It’s just disrespect! If this is not what @foxnews is all about we shall see!”