Keith Olbermann tried to lose himself in the music. Unfortunately, it didn’t go over too well with some.
The political commentator and former WCVB-TV sportscaster received some backlash on Twitter after posting his praise Tuesday night for Eminem’s freestyle rap video tearing into President Trump.
In the video, which aired during BET’s Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday, Eminem slammed Trump as ‘‘a kamikaze who will probably cause a nuclear holocaust,’’ adding, “Trump, when it comes to giving a [expletive], you’re as stingy as I am . . . ’cause you don’t have the nuts, like an empty asylum.”
Warning: Video contains graphic language.
Olbermann, who is an outspoken Trump critic, applauded Eminem’s rap, saying that “after 27 years of doubts about rap I am now an @Eminem fan. Best political writing of the year, period.” Olbermann also included the hashtag #Eminem2020.
However, Olbermann’s comments led to some head-scratching from rap fans.
You doubted 27 years of statements in rap music, but Eminem won you over in that four minutes? Okay. https://t.co/lA8RrSTIvM— Shauna Stuart (@ShaunaReporter) October 11, 2017
You'd rather hear a white guy fake rap about how everybody's a racist over decades of black guys rapping? Strange https://t.co/QHUdTfYbpU— Pardes Seleh (@PardesSeleh) October 11, 2017
There have also been decades worth of rappers who have BEEN making bold political statements That's the origin of rap, smh.— Sabrina Adaba (@sabby_adabby) October 11, 2017
Really. Did you completely miss Pac, Biggie, Jay Z, Nas, Shyne, Run DMC, Public Enemy, Canibus, Missy, etc etc? The white boy did it 4 u. https://t.co/Jwe56x2fgy— Amy Williams (@amywill8182) October 11, 2017
*Gives Keith Olbermann Kendrick Lamar's discography*— LaVendrick Smith (@LaVendrickS) October 11, 2017
Finally Keith Olbermann can enjoy the 1986 "Walk This Way" in its artistic fullness— Ben Mathis-Lilley (@BenMathisLilley) October 11, 2017
@KeithOlbermann learn our history before you comment. Rap challenged goverment in all decades of its existence.— Battousai's Protege (@kingofquestion) October 11, 2017
However, hours later, Olbermann seemed to double down on his statement.
Olbermann even used one criticism to get in a dig at Trump.
So he?s not quite as bad as Trump? https://t.co/h7srl1ikrV— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 11, 2017
However, some also defended Olbermann’s tweets.
I wish y'all would leave Olbermann alone. He doesn't like rap music. He hates Trump so, naturally, he liked what Eminem had to say.— AphroHeidi (@HeidiByNature) October 11, 2017
I get the Keith Olbermann issue, but can we not pretend that the majority of political rap isn?t buried by trash and pop rap? ?— Joey (@joeyuphigh7) October 11, 2017
It’s well known that Olbermann, who worked at WCVB-TV in Boston in 1984, is not a fan of Trump. He listed his Trump Palace apartment in New York City for $3.9 million in April 2016, mere months after Trump won the GOP presidential primary. He also penned a book titled “Trump is [expletive] Crazy: (This is Not a Joke),” which is due out later this month.