White House representatives must respond to calls to ban rapper YG’s song ‘Meet the Flockers’ from public media.
A page was set up on the White House’s We the People petition website in September calling for the controversial rap track to be banned from public distribution.
It has now received 100,000 signatures before its 22 October deadline, meaning it must receive a response from government officials within 60 days.
On the petition page, a message reads, “The song ‘Meet the Flockers’ by YG encourages violence and crimes to a specific ethnic group. As one of this group in North America, I feel seriously offended and threatened. Please ban the song from public media and investigate legal responsibilities of the writer.”
It has been claimed the song incites violence against Chinese-Americans because the lyrics form a step-by-step guide on how to commit a burglary and the track opens with the lines, “First, you find a house and scope it out. Find a Chinese neighborhood, cause they don’t believe in bank accounts.”
It was released in 2014 but it returned to the spotlight when a Chinese-American woman shot three intruders who entered her home, killing one of them, in Atlanta, Georgia last month.
Protesters have also been demonstrating outside YG’s gigs, most recently outside Irving Plaza in New York on Monday night.
YG, real name Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, previously told FM magazine in 2014 he wrote the song simply to share his own experiences of breaking into homes, for which he served time in prison.
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