Soulja Boy controversy

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With the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaching and with acts of patriotism highlighting the weekend’s events, Soulja Boy is caught in a pool of dangerous controversy over an anti-American protest lyric heard in “Let’s Be Real,” a leaked song he wrote on his blog post and was made public on Labor Day weekend.

“Fuck the FBI and fuck all the Army troops /Fighting for what? /Bitch, be your own man.”

Since the lyrics were published, the “Pretty Boy Swag” rapper has since apologized for his choice of words and explained that he was was trying to vent and let out his frustrations. But you betcha’ our proud servicemen, called to protect the ole Red White and Blue, aren’t having it. Fred A. Flores, Los Angeles County veterans advising commissioner, spoke with TMZ and called for the DeAndre Cortez to “apologize to all armed forces.”

A petition was made public by veteran Sgt. Dunson urging the public to stop purchasing his music and also asking Soulja Boy to change his name and his lyric: “You ain’t no fuckin’ soldier, boy.” Additionally, top military personnel at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), which oversees merchandise sold on military bases, vowed not to stock his future project if the controversial track makes the final cut. That would obviously cut into the disc’s profitability.

Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams doesn’t buy Soulja Boy’s apology, citing that he’s only doing it to salvage his career. “The guy’s now so cowed he has to whimper that it was wrong to “even speak” something disrespectful to the troops? Seriously?,” she says. ”Genuine contrition for a legitimately insensitive — and often spur of the moment — bad decision is always welcome. But there’s a difference between realizing that getting drunk and going on a Twitter rant is a terrible idea, or admitting that you’ve got to work on your thoughtless, flippant homophobia, and simply backpedaling on a project that clearly took plenty of time, thought and collaboration to put together. The whole, “Oh my gosh! I guess I hadn’t realized!” shtick doesn’t ring sincere.

Philadelphia music legend Bobby Eli, known for writing his work with Luther Vandross, Blue Magic and the Spinners, also found Soulja Boy’s words very insensitive. “I am going to test the power of social networking and see if this reaches him,” Eli stated in a Facebook status message. “But anytime he wants to defend that statement, I know a lot of people who would gladly oblige.”

Since the barrage of protests have leaked to social networking websites, Soulja Boy has also announced that he has scrapped the idea of releasing the single on his upcoming project Respect My Hustle. His representatives are also doing their best to erase away any existence of the single from websites along with yanking the lyrics off of the web entirely, as if the incident never happened.

And just announced: Soulja Boy won’t be a soldier on US army bases any time soon. He has since been banned from all U.S. military bases.

Soulja Boy’s last album, The DeAndre Way, performed horribly when compared with his 2008 debut. It debuted at No. 90 on the Billboard 200 (13,360 copies) and fell off the charts weeks after. Despite his proclamations of and some critical acclaim on his progression into more mature content, the album has only sold 80,000 copies to date.



Jennifer - posted on 09/10/2011




He's welcome to come defend hisself at my house anytime. I'll bechtca this former soldier can prove him wrong. But, I fought to protect his dumb rear, and his right to say what he wants to.

What angers me the most, is that MOST of the people I joined with (pre 9/11) didn't want to fight in a war, they did it to go to school. Don't think you know someone's politcal bend just cause they wear that uniform! Once you sign that contract, you do what you're told, whether you agree with it or not. Also, these kids are handed a gun and told to shoot. Normal people have to demonize a person before they can kill them. Even when they are being attacked first. I don't like it, but I know it's true. I've also seen the biggest, baddest, most trash talking Marines break down in tears when they see the 'real people' in these countries. Most of my friends send out request for gifts for the kids they are surrounded by. Even though they can get into a mess of trouble for it, most give the people food and supplies. They are not as cold hearted as they seem. They are people living everyday with a fear most Americans could never imagine. They make mistakes, but most do care. Some, of course, do break. Some joined the military because it was their dream to shoot someone. These are the stories we most frequently hear, and I think these people should be dealt with swiftly and with no mercy. But please don't judge them all because of the actions of a few.

Jane - posted on 09/11/2011




No, Rachael, EVERYONE is entitled to their opinion whether happy, pissed off, or indifferent. However, when someone expresses their opinion in a way that is hurtful to others, he or she should expect to get some flack.

And as I said before, he and you both are confused. The soldiers in the US Army did not start the war and would be delighted to stop fighting it. The politicians (and their big business supporters) who started the war are the ones who have to stop it. If you don't like the reasons for the war, fuss at those who are actually responsible for it, not those caught quite literally in the cross fire.

You don't hit the kid next to you because the teacher told you to do something you don't like that has nothing to do with your victim.

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Well I never heard of this performer till this post. (i'm terrible about keeping up with new musicians.)

I guess I would say he' sentitled to his opinion. He apologized and that wasnt' enough for some people. What else do they want him to do now? Ignore him and he'll go away.

JL - posted on 09/10/2011




My husband is an active duty soldier. He is currently on his 5th deployment in a war zone. In my opinion I think all the hype around this well.... honestly I DON'T GIVE A SHIT. First off I don't listen to Soulja Boy. Personally I think he is a crappy rapper, a bad writer, and is lacking in intelligence because of that I don't find what he says meaningful in any accord or offensive. It's not like he is some intellectual cultural icon. He means nothing to me. His words have no impact on my life or my husbands. His opinion although it is a misinformed one is just an opinion . I could careless what he is saying or not saying. I believe in freedom of speech. If political candidate who have a direct impact on my life and my husbands can spew ignorance then why can't he. Sure he better expect people to call him out on his lack of intelligence but all this hype is only getting more people to listen to his crappy rap. I look at what he says as not being offensive to military members but being a sad example of how uneducated he and some of the younger generation are in regards to 9/11, the wars and the government. Apparently he never learned how the government works. Perhaps someone should offer to teach him basic civics and government and maybe as a nation we should be pushing for educational systems that require more civics and government classes so we can lower the level of ignorance.

Rosie - posted on 09/10/2011




yeah, it's one thing to be against the war, and another to talk about the military members that way who are just doing what they are paid and instructed to do.

although i have seen video of a few military members that make me want to puke. talking about how they're gonna go out and kill a "towel head". i understand that there is not much glamorous about a job that requires you to shoot people, but damn, try not to act so proud i guess. but yes those are a massive minority.


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♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 09/12/2011




He's entitled to his opinion. He's also entitled to have Toby Keith put a boot up his ass.

Jane - posted on 09/10/2011




@Rachael - And we are entitled to our opinions of his opinion. However, he seems to be confusing the war with the soldiers. The war was started and maintained by politicians. Soldiers just do their jobs. Fussing about the soldiers isn't really the best way to express one's opinion of the war.

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i think that people are being kind of ridiculous. it's not like he's saying that all soldiers deserve to die or anything. it's freedom of speech. not everyone has to support what soldiers are fighting for. he doesn't. that's his opinion and he's entitled to express it.

Amber - posted on 09/10/2011




As a member of a military family and a person who has close friends in Afghanistan and Iraq right now, to say I'm not impressed would be an understatement.

It's one thing to disagree with the war, it's another thing to disrespect the men and women who are putting their lives on the line every day, missing their families, and doing what their job requires of them.

I don't want him to shut up, he's entitled to his opinion. But as consumers, we're not required to purchase products that we fundamentally disagree with.

Stifler's - posted on 09/10/2011




Bahhahaha "Soulja Boy". Even more ironic. As far as I know he's made one hit... one hit... enough said. What a tryhard.

Jane - posted on 09/10/2011




The boy is 21 years old and hasn't shown much mature judgment in the past. He had a few hits, but (at least to me) a lot of his stuff sounds the same, so I expect he is probably a one-hit wonder type of guy who would be forgotten if it weren't for Twitter and the internet.

I don't know what his beef with the US Army is, as he never says anywhere what it is. I suspect his song was all part of his juvenile posturing and he has no real idea what he means. He just wants attention, which is why he keeps picking fights with other singers.

I am sorry for his family problems, but I think he needs to go off somewhere and grow up.

JuLeah - posted on 09/10/2011




Can't sing is my first thought.

Freedom of speech ... we don't have to like what he is saying, we don't get to tell him to shut up

Good marketing for him - this controversy

What I dislike most is the "I didn't mean it" after people got upset with him - if you are going to say it, mean it. If you mean it, defend it -

He thinks a lot of himself ... guess someone needs to

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