Fallout From Colorado Rampage Comments
After going against the Hollywood grain and speaking about the merits of bearing arms in the wake of the Colorado shooting, Ice-T is slamming "righties" like Rush Limbaugh for using his comments to advance their pro-gun message.
Days after telling the U.K.'s Channel 4 Media that the right to bear of arms is the "latest form of defense against tyranny," rapper/actor Ice-T is railing against far-right pundits who are using his comments to advance their well-established pro-gun message.
On Tuesday, the "Original Gangster" announced he was doing a little house cleaning on Twitter.
"If you like Limbaugh or O Riley please UNFOLLOW now," Ice-T (real name: Tracy Morrow) wrote.
Before lashing out at the radical pundits (and likeminded supporters), the U.S. Army vet with a long history of being on the other side of the law, acknowledged that his comment on guns got a lot of press.
That comment came shortly after news of the mass shooting at The Dark Knight Rises premiere broke early Friday.
Aside from the aforementioned statement, Ice stressed that it's legal to carry guns in the U.S. "not to hunt, [but to] protect yourself from the police.”
When asked about the connection between guns and violence, the star continued: "If somebody wants to kill people, they don’t need a gun to do it … You can strap explosives on your body. They do that all the time.”
Naturally, the right loves to hear when someone from the so-called "other side" makes comments that from the outset seems to uphold their agenda.
To that end, Rush Limbaugh took to his radio show on Tuesday to weigh in about Ice's comments.
In his usual fashion, Limbaugh mocked the rapper's insinuation that we have guns in the U.S. only to protect ourselves from the police.
"Well, we're told, 'Hey, it's cultural. We gotta understand it from the cultural standpoint. That's where Mr. T's coming from,'" Limbaugh said, by way of a transcript posted on his show's site.
Read between the lines as to what Limbaugh is getting at here by "cultural" (hmmm … does he mean "black"?).
To add fuel to the fire, Limbaugh further mocked Ice by saying: "He knew the word 'tyranny' and he knows that tyranny comes from government representatives. Double impressive. Tyranny doesn't come from media figures, or actors."
Ice-T noticed the condescension, apparently, and tweeted in response: "Rush Limbaugh said he was impressed I knew the word 'tyranny' … He's a racist piece of s**t."
We're pretty sure Ice-T was also moved to tweet the following because of just those type of comments: "I love how people are soooo SHOCKED to hear something thought provoking said by a rapper.. Hip Hop has changed to POP .. Nobody says s**t."
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