Lil Wayne apparently doesn’t care much for New York City, and now a senator wants the rapper to apologize for his comments. According to WENN, New York State Senator Malcolm Smith wants the artist previously known as Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. to say he’s sorry for criticizing the city.
Senator Smith has reached out to the Louisiana rapper in hopes that he will give the city another chance. However, if all he’s going to do is hurl insults at New York, Smith would like Wayne to remain silent on the matter.
“Here’s my response to Lil Wayne — and this response is on behalf of the 50 million tourists who come here and make New York City their home for two weeks out of the year, for the eight million people that live in New York,” Smith explained during a recent news conference. “Very simple, if you don’t like New York, you don’t have to come to New York, you don’t have to sell your products here and, perhaps, we won’t come to your concerts … I’ve taken strong exception to the words, ‘I don’t like New York.’ I love this city. I was born and raised in this city.”
Although it’s doubtful that many vacationers investigate Lil Wayne’s thoughts on their intended destinations prior to booking reservations, Smith seems genuinely concerned that the rapper’s opinions will have a negative effect on tourism. Despite Wayne’s remarks, the senator claims that he’s willing to forgive the musician.
“I want to believe that he had a lapse in mental judgment for some strange reason and I hope that he will think about it,” Smith explained. “New Yorkers are forgiving people. We’re prepared to forgive Lil Wayne if, in fact, he makes a sincere apology.”
Although Lil Wayne has never been a very big fan of the Big Apple, it was his recent comments during an MTV News interview that caught the senator’s attention. “Flat out: I don’t like New York,” he said.
Should Lil Wayne apologize to the residents of New York City for his remarks?