Posted Aug 25th, 2015 (4:40 pm) by Katie Antonsson

In today's shocking news: Yelawolf's an idiot.

Way back in 2014, Yelawolf started posting photos of himself in Confederate flag getups as if we had any qualms about where he's from. The backlash on social media was severe, to say the least, and Yela took the photos down. It would seem, however, the dude's changed his tune.

Yesterday, Yela posted on his Facebook, defending his right to support his roots.

Ain't no way I'm letting some ones ignorance tear me from my roots .. you fucking fuck boys can save it with this anti...

Posted by YelaWolf on Monday, August 24, 2015

Yeah. Right. Okay. So. Where to begin.

First of all, Yela seems to conflate the Confederate flag with simple Southern pride. Um, nah. He completely bypasses the entire history of the Confederate flag being a symbol of the old south, of slavery, and of oppression. Why do you think it was removed from the South Carolina Statehouse? The flag has a loaded history, it's not merely an image of Southern pride. First point: moot.

Second: yes, a lot of black performers have sported the Confederate flag in live performances and on their merch. The only tiny, small, insignificant problem with Yela's argument on this score is that there's this thing called appropriation. It's why certain former slurs toward minority groups have become terms of pride. Kanye slapping the Confederate flag on his Yeezus merch isn't to support the South (which seems to be what Yela's claiming) but rather to take an image of oppression and turn it into one of victory. Second point: moot.

Third: does Yela even realize what genre he's working in? I mean, come on, man. To be a white Southern man working within a historically black genre -- cool, you do you, and some of Yela's music is actually pretty good -- but you've gotta have respect for the roots of the genre. You've gotta understand what history you're working in. It's why Iggy Azalea is so hated: she shows a blatant disregard for the origins of hip-hop. This isn't to say that hip-hop is exclusionary, but like any genre, you can't just barge in and not do your homework. Your work's gonna fall flat if you don't. Total argument: totally moot.

There are just so many problems with Yela's staunch belief in Dixie pride. Dude blames all of us "media succubus" (great term, though, you've gotta give him that much) for misunderstanding the South and yet it seems he doesn't even have a clue.

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