News: Oh Leh Do The Right Thing: Waka Flocka Battles Bullying [Video]
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 4:45PM
Southern rapper Waka Flocka Flame may be known for his hard-edged style of music, but the Atlanta hip-hop artist has joined a cause looking to help end bullying.
With the help of Complex magazine and SEA Brand Clothing, Flocka is dropping a new anti-bullying snapback cap to raise awareness and funds.
On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, multi-platinum hip hop artist Waka Flocka Flame, SEA Brand Clothing, and Complex Magazine, hosted the launch of his custom Brick Squad Monopoly snapback. The event, a culmination of an early January fan based initiative titled #WakaNewYear that brought Waka Flocka Flame's 5.2 million plus Face Book fans together in choosing a cause that he should support in 2012. The winning cause, Anti- Bullying was chosen by the fans and triumphed over alternative education and arts education in inner cities. Once the cause was announced fans were asked to help the rapper design a snapback cap that would ultimately give back to the cause in perpetuity. 25% of all sales from the SEA/BSM custom snapback collaboration will be donated to the Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center. (WXIA-TV)
Speaking on the cause, Waka said he hates all bullies and that his involvement in the campaign would raise widespread awareness.
"F*ck bullies ... Honestly, man I appreciate everybody coming out ... I got my security right here," jokingly referring to a small child standing next to him. "Y'all made this possible 3.3 million people, see that's good, we're trying to get like 10 million before the year's out, so y'all need to help. We kickin' a** and Kung-Fuing bullies." (All Hip Hop)
Apparently, not even adults are safe from bullying, as Amber Rose, with her eyes full of water, recently confessed to rap personality Sway that people sometimes throw things at her when she walks the street.
"I have people throwing things at me in the street because they're fans of Kanye,' she said before getting upset. "I'm just crying because I don't deserve to be bullied like that. I'm a nice girl, I don't bother anybody. I keep my mouth shut because I don't want any trouble. To be bullied through music and stuff like that, it's not fair to me -- I don't deserve that, and I'm sick of being bullied." (RapFix)
Last July, Deion Sanders also took a pledge to help prevent bullying. Sanders told SOHH that stopping bullies is a responsibility parents as well as teachers must take part in.
"Bullying is real and when you really think about these youngsters, statistics show one in three or four are bullied at school, on a team or in their environment," Sanders told SOHH. "We've stated the fact that if you tell, people think it's a form of snitching. That's not snitching. We want to redirect that and channel that in that it's OK to tell your parents, your teachers and responsible adults that's nearby what's going on because it can end up in tragedy and often times it does. So we want to really alarm our kids on how to react if this takes place because in a camp, we have well over 400 kids daily and bullying can take place." (SOHH)
Check out Waka Flocka's anti-bullying video below: