Actor Michael K. Williams’ death has caused reactions from celebrities and fans alike, including music artist Akon. But some of Akon’s remarks rubbed Black Twitter the wrong way – and it wasn’t his heartfelt words about how special Williams was.
On Tuesday, Sept. 7 – the day after Williams was found dead in his luxury Brooklyn apartment – TMZ caught up with Akon. They asked the Senegalese-American MC how he felt about Williams’ death.
“He was actually a really good friend, amazing person, super funny, super talented as you know already so it’s definitely a sad day for everybody,” Akon said. “There’s just too many of us going down like that and I think when moments like this happen, we all gotta reflect, cause we’re all going through things in our lives … and making decisions that actually affects not only us and our life but everyone that surrounds and looks up to us.”
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While those statements were admirable, Akon’s response to the TMZ reporter’s question about whether the rich and famous are also going through it got the internet streets talking. And based on the chatter on social media, they didn’t like what they heard.
“Dude, the famous and the rich go through more issues than the poor. You know when they say, ‘More money, more problems,’ that’s a real thing,” Akon answered.
Unsurprisingly, the Konvict Muzic founder got dragged for his take. “Harder than the people with limited or no food, shelter, water, clothes & luxuries.. yeah okay Akon whatever tf you say,” @UtmostPotential tweeted.
“Celebrities are so removed from reality. Akon really said that rich people have more problems than poor people,” Twitter user @RVAReid wrote. “Poor people have to battle the same addictions & depression as rich people. But on top of that, have to figure out how to keep their lights on and food in the crib.”
One Twitter user even threatened violence against Akon. “I’ll smacc the dog sh*t out of Akon stop playing wit me, RIP Michael K Williams but don’t do that,” @_N1CKO wrote.
“Okay well, I have student loans so I’ll happily take any donations Akon,” @MalikeyD tweeted. “Rest In Peace to Michael K. Williams, but that is a very ignorant statement from Akon,” @LLCoolTakes added.
Some pointed out their belief Akon had a point. “No it’s not – since Akon has been in both places I’m sure he speaks from his experience as well,” @nicarlorivera responded to @LLCoolTakes.
“So the only ‘issue’ or struggle you can think of is based on finance? You really think money solves all issues huh There can’t possibly be any issues or struggles a rich person can have since money can solve everything right?” @DJJTDaDon_ responded to another user saying they wish they had it “easy” like wealthy people.
“He s right Akon is 100% right more money more problems but he left out it requires more intelligence,” @BloomingtonWise tweeted.
In a follow-up to his first tweet, @DJJTDaDon_ said people were taking the “I’m So Paid” singer’s comments out of context.
“I’m still trying to find the video when Akon said rich people STRUGGLE more than poor people – in the video I saw he said ‘the famous and the rich go through more issues than the poor,'” @DJJTDaDon_ wrote. “I can only think of 5 issues a poor person may have – rich people have way more issues.”
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