Diddy hoped to encourage people to put pressure on candidates to created well-formed policies to help certain communities, but he sparked a bit of controversy, instead.
It’s not uncommon for Sean “Diddy” Combs to use his platform to help motivate the masses. We’ve watched as he’s shared inspirational videos to his social media pages and encouraged young people to get more actively involved in the political arena. He’s been vocal about the Rock the Vote and Vote or Die movements for years, and although we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, this is still an election year for the United States.
THE BLACK VOTE WILL NOT BE FREE THIS YEAR.
— Diddy (@Diddy) April 29, 2020
The media mogul recently posted a video of himself sharing the screen with his good friend Naomi Campbell. In the clip, Diddy tells Black Americans not to automatically vote for Democratic candidate Joe Biden just because of his party affiliation. He also told viewers not to vote because they’re afraid of sitting President Donald Trump. “It’s whoever is gonna take care of our community. Whoever wants to make a deal. It’s business at this point,” Diddy stated. He added that Biden needs to make his policies pertaining to “Black and Brown people” clear “or else he can’t get the vote. I will hold the vote hostage if I have.”
The responses to the Bad Boy icon’s words were swift, and he even received criticism from Kenny Burns, his right-hand man and the Senior Vice President of Brand Development for Combs Enterprises. The video caused a heavy debate online, so check out a few responses below and weigh in with where you stand on this one.
Man if Diddy don’t shut the entire fck up with that bull he’s talking with Naomi Campbell.
— JerseyGrounds (@JerseyGrounds) April 29, 2020
Sooooo @Diddy how much will the Black vote cost and who the hell put you in charge of anything? https://t.co/D0qb0xqVAu
— Shy (@ShyniteTX) April 29, 2020
what Diddy said about the “black vote” was well intentioned but reckless. When shit goes south, like it is now.. his family will be good regardless. The regular black American, however.. will not be
— 🎈Big Homie🎈 Hoodrich™ KODAQ 🅴 (@BigHomieKODAQ) April 29, 2020
To hell with what @Diddy talking about hold your vote hostage. Put pressure on these candidates when they’re in the running & while they’re in the office. The ppl as a collective have more power than used. However at THIS TIME… ITS STILL 🚨VOTE OR DIE🚨 tf!
— 🍯Cí Van Der Woodsen (@HoneYCi) April 29, 2020
I’m glad Jamie Foxx called Diddy on his bullshit pic.twitter.com/LpVEZjDYTM
— 5G Cellular Service Provider (@AD_Renaissance) April 29, 2020
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WOW @Diddy You erase My Truthful Comment and keep the VOTE FOR TRUMP comments on Your Page 🤔 Then You Block Me…lol And You’re really going to wait til it’s 2 Candidates to say that Your Holding “Our Vote”… Come on Champ! This is NOT Leadership!!! Where were You during the primaries??? What Happened to #VoteOrDie??? TRUMP BEiNG PUT OUT OF OFFiCE iS THE ONLY OPTiON!!! PERiOD.
Diddy used his platform (which consists of 16 million people) to be irresponsible, loud and wrong..
To encourage or allude that
African Americans should withhold their vote for Joe Biden especially in this political climate..
is flagrant as hell
— A Pretty Big Deal (@AishiaDeal) April 29, 2020