R&B singer Alicia Keys experienced a rude realization after letting her Twitter fingers get the best of her. The veteran crooner has deleted an XXXTentacion-inspired tweet after allegedly catching major social media backlash.
According to reports, Keys decided to remove the XXX salute once social media lit her up for supporting the late rapper.
In a now-deleted tweet, the singer posted a video of her and her son Egypt playing the piano and singing X’s song “what are you so afraid of,” with the caption, “Such a vibe!! Big love to the talented @xxxtentacion !! Gone too soon.” The song is from his first posthumous album Skins, which was released in December 2018. However, Keys deleted the tweet after a few hours, amid backlash. Twitter users were responding to her video en masse, and while some commended her, some were really not digging her song selection, given the late rapper’s lengthy record of abuse. (Complex)
Despite the deletion, the tweet’s footage has managed to go viral.
Throughout yesterday, Twitter users went in-in on Keys’ supportive tweet.
we lost her 😔 pic.twitter.com/uiuQtmpQAj
— 𝘕𝘪𝘤𝘰𝘰 🍇 (@namuness) January 4, 2019
This ain't it Alicia pic.twitter.com/87ojvLwgby
— HRH Levis Ryan 👑🌹 (@LevisRyann) January 4, 2019
oh man alicia . we believed in you
— via ☁️ (@moonbabyguk) January 4, 2019
— the topic of gossip in syosset (@flyleilah) January 4, 2019
— Beyoncé? I seen ha! (@_Yenzi) January 4, 2019
Last fall, Chicago rapper Vic Mensa explained his decision to diss XXX during a 2018 BET Hip-Hop Awards freestyle.
“Recently I did a freestyle for the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher addressing and condemning rappers who unabashedly abuse women and those who stand up for them and even call them legends. I stand behind that statement. It was pre-recorded weeks ago and I had no idea a grieving mother would be in the audience to honor her loss son. I never intended to disrespect her and I often my deepest condolences for her loss at the hands of gun violence. However, I vehemently reject the trend in hip-hop of championing abusers and I will not hold my tongue about it. I don’t give a f*ck about getting attention. I care about bringing awareness and holding people accountable for their actions.”