by Tonya Cooke from The Roxy
Soulja Boy tell ’em you’re sorry. If you’ve heard about the tattooed rapper this week, it’s probably that he released a new video and told the US Army to f- off. He claims as an artist his words got the best of him and we’re going to believe him on this one.
Soulja Boy released the video for his new song “Let’s Be Real” (Warning: Language NSFW) on August 31 and within just a few days, floods of videos on YouTube, tweets, and responses from military members and their families were spotted online. The Soulja Boy video itself probably received more dislikes than Rebecca Black’s “Friday” video did when it debuted. Fans tweeting@SouljaBoy were siding with him in some ways but he also received significant praise for swallowing his pride to apologize.
On Tuesday morning he issued the full apology to GlobalGrind.com to the entire military and their families. Since we are just a few days out from the 10th anniversary of 9/11 this could not have come at a worse time. He spoke his mind to his 3 million followers on Twitter and fans all over the world but did not stop to think about the repercussions that would follow. We all want to see the troops come home and as he put it “we haven’t been able to bring you all home quick enough and my frustration got the best of me.”
Military members are not satisfied, however. Troops have started an online petition to have Soulja Boy’s music banned from military bases. As the story develops, we’ll see how Soulja Boy’s future with the troops weighs out, but for now we can note that the power of social media means news travels faster than it ever did and makes artists & fans alike account for what they say online or off.
Tonya Cooke is from The Roxy, the famed L.A. music spot that has hosted hundreds of other famous acts such as Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, X, David Bowie, Warren Zevon, and My Chemical Romance. To learn more, click here.