While an entire lot of (white) folks had been touched and moved by that second when Brandt Jean, the late Botham Jean’s brother, introduced that he not solely forgave Amber Guyger, his brother’s killer, however he also wanted to hug her while he was on the stand, many on Black Twitter were pissed.
Nicki Minaj was one of those people who found the display distasteful, but she kept her mouth shut. But then the primary witness in the case, Joshua Brown, was snuffed out shortly after.
At that point, under the assumption that Brown was murdered for speaking on behalf of Jean against officer Guyger, Nicki unloaded her frustrations on the hug, Judge Tammy Kemp, the Jean family and the brutal murder of Brown.
“I wonder if they were hugging on him after he got off that stand the way they were all boo hoo cryin, hugging on the murderer. Talk about a slap in the face. Go hug on his fatherless child now. He should’ve let y’all suffer & minded his business. This is heartbreaking. RIP”
What Nicki said, as harsh as it might’ve seemed, was what a lot of black people felt.
Among those who supported Nicki’s sentiments was Joshua Brown’s baby mama. She tweeted in response to the rapper’s now-deleted statement:
“Omg, Nicki! Thank you so much for speaking out for my son’s father. I’m trying to be as strong as I can for Our son. There are so many things that are unjustified. Please keep Our son & Joshua’s other children in your prayers! Much Love”
Omg, Nicki! Thank you so much for speaking out for my son’s father. I’m trying to be as strong as I can for Our son. There are so many things that are unjustified. Please keep Our son & Joshua’s other children in your prayers! ???? Much Love! https://t.co/6lJL8KIsTJ
— (Tay-Yuh) (@teyaaaaV) October 8, 2019
One one who did NOT respect the Head Barb weighing in on the Botham Jean/Joshua Brown circumstances although was Lee Merritt, who was the lawyer for the Jean household and subsequently, Joshua Brown’s household.
Merritt put out a scathing assertion that condemned Nicki for judging the Jean household and concurrently praised Nicki’s rivals/friends (Cardi B and Rihanna) for being higher celeb social justice champions than her.
“@nickiminaj determined to disgrace the 18 12 months previous brother of #BothamJean for forgiving and embracing #AmberGuyger after she was convicted and sentenced for the homicide of his brother. First, I’ve to welcome Nicki to the dialog.
“To date artist like @badgalriri, @iamcardib and an entire host of her colleagues have helped me advocate for justice for Botham and different victims of police brutality. Nicki has stood silent. But now she decides to take her big platform and use it to assault a teen grappling with the homicide of his brother and the tenets of his religion.
“The Jean household has suffered. This stunning, regal, proud, pious household has endured extra ache and struggling than anybody deserves. They have reacted in a myriad of how. His mother says she nearly misplaced her religion. Botham’s sister has spent the previous 12 months nearly consistently choked with anger. For his half Brandt has develop into reclusive and silent.
“When he selected to talk to the supply of his household’s misery— he had the fitting to say and do no matter he wanted to in an effort to get previous this unthinkable tragedy.
“Nicki’s assertion ‘he should have let y’all undergo and minded his enterprise’ is chilling. To direct your anger at this household is at finest misguided. I characterize each households. They don’t blame one another. They share in one another’s struggling in a means solely they may totally respect.
“Nicki has no place talking on this household’s struggling or saying somebody ought to have added to it. There was no causal relationship between Brandt’s present of mercy and the homicide of Joshua.
“There is loads of righteous anger in regards to the information surrounding the homicide of Joshua Brown. You may use your big platform to deal with the protocol violations of the decide or instructing your thousands and thousands of followers to demand DPD recuse itself from the investigation. Instead you belittle and disgrace a household that has suffered greater than any of us.
As if that scathing commentary was sufficient, Merritt additional clapped again on the Barbz who criticized him for moving into on Nicki publicly by branding her actions as an “evil” that he needed to fight.
“Her statement hurt a family that I care very much about. I have a platform. I get to use it to address the evil people put out in the world.”
Now, Nicki undoubtedly jumped out the window in judging the Jean household the way in which that she did, however Merritt additionally put just a little an excessive amount of sauce on that.
Mentioning Cardi B (her archnemesis) and Rihanna (who she now not appears to be pleasant with) was a petty transfer on his half and calling her actions “evil” was a bit a lot.
But hey, Nicki set herself up inserting herself into authorized issues that she doesn’t have all the data on.
It’s particularly shocking she waded into this case contemplating she has remained ABSOLUTELY tight-lipped in regards to the horrendous authorized case her brother Jelani Maraj goes by for allegedly raping his underaged stepdaughter.
So for those who can maintain your mouth shut for your brother’s case, perhaps comply with that very same protocol for people’ enterprise, Nick?