Boosie Badazz was slammed last week after criticizing Dwyane Wade's support for his 12-year-old daughter, Zaya, who recently came out as transgender. The Baton Rouge rapper addressed the backlash during a sit-down for Baller Alert's Sesh w/ Shirley, claiming his own mother scolded him for the offensive comments.
"You received backlash for statements about Dwyane Wade's daughter—" interviewer Shirley Ju said.
"His son," Boosie interjected, before doubling down on his comments around the 1:50 mark. "That’s just how I felt. People gotta understand that's how I feel ... Even my momma got on my ass yesterday. My momma called me early in the morning and got on my ass, talking about, 'Stay off social media! That’s they family! You stay out people's business ...' But I was just speaking how I felt. Everybody got their own opinions in life. Everyone feels a certain type of way about certain things ... When the kids involved, it's tender to my heart."
Boosie was then asked if he ever considered the repercussions of his statements, which remain posted on his Instagram. The 37-year-old insisted he was used to the hate.
"Once you're a celebrity, you gotta be ready for what comes with being a celebrity ... You gotta be ready for the hundred eyes and all that stuff," he explained, before he was asked if it was appropriate to comment on Wade's parenting skills. "Not really. But when I feel you're wrong, you're wrong. People have told me how to parent my children when I was wrong .."
Just a couple of days after Boosie posted the aforementioned video, he returned to Instagram claiming he was kicked out of a Planet Fitness because of the controversy. He accused the company of being racist haters and called for a Planet Fitness boycott. Boosie told Baller Alert that he felt as though everyone was gaining up on him, and—for a brief moment—expressed some regret.
I feel like they're gaining up on me now. I should've shut my ass up," he says. "Everything happens for a reason ... A lot of people feel what I said, completely. I got a lot of bad backlash, but I got a lot of people who feel the same way."
The rapper went on to say that he didn't know Wade on a personal level, but was a fan of his basketball career. He also told the outlet it's unlikely he'll ever discuss the situation with Wade.
"It's probably a tender situation to him, so he probably don't wanna get into contact with me," Boosie explained. "But I said what I said. I don't hold my tongue for nobody. If that was Barack Obama, I would've said the same thing. I'm built like that."
So how has Boosie handled the ongoing criticism? Well, he said he's unbothered.
"It don't get to me because I live a real life ... The only way you can get to somebody like me is [if] it break your hustle. As long as I can hustle and stay free, none of that shit is gonna get to me. Comments are made to be blocked ... I get money regardless."
You can watch Boosie's full Baller Alert interview above.