Yesterday evening, Joe Budden posted a picture of an elderly Sikh man at an airport on Instagram. The caption read, "Not on my watch Homeboy!" This led to an outcry on Twitter with many accusing Budden of being racist and stereotyping. Sikh males are often unfairly viewed as terrorists due to the turbans that they wear. Within 30 minutes of the post, Budden deleted the picture, and earlier this morning, he offered an apology to the Sikh community and those offended by his post.
.@JoeBudden fails to understand that "stereotypical terrorist" jokes have gotten innocent sikhs killed, post 9/11, purely off of ignorance— Raginder 'Violinder' (@Violinder) March 28, 2014
@JoeBudden you are a human just like everyone else. Same blood runs in our veins. Your ancestors know about racism. Shouldn't I know better?— Jaskaran Dhanoa (@JaskaranDhanoa) March 28, 2014
@JaskaranDhanoa while I get your point.. I’m responsible for my actions & viewpoints.. My notoriety doesn’t make me teacher of all idiots— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) March 28, 2014
I apologize to all Sikhs and any1 i offended w my tasteless & stereotypical post yesterday, it was ignorant & in bad judgement. Never again.— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) March 29, 2014
Hopefully ppl can find it in their hearts to forgive me, my God is a forgiving 1… today is a new day, here’s to moving forward !— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) March 29, 2014
[via Huffington Post]