Daniel Caesar // Artist Instagram
Tuesday night (March 20), the 23-year-old hopped on Instagram Live to offer some social commentary and pose a series of questions relating to race relations, including asking why Black people are "being so mean to white people right now?"
His comments were framed in the context of social media personality YesJulz recently coming under fire for dragging REVOLT's "State of The Culture" co-host Scottie Beam and entrepreneur Karen Civil, going on to invite Black Twitter to call her out for making racially insensitive comments toward Black women.
"Why are we being so mean to Julz?" Caesar began, referring to the situation. "Why are we being so mean to white people right now? That's a serious question. Why is it that we're allowed to be disrespectful and rude to everybody else and when anybody returns any type of energy to us... That's not equality. I don't wanna be treated like I can't take a joke."
He continued, making reference to Dave Chappelle referring to him as "very gay" during an episode of John Mayer's Instagram show.
"I just went through that f--kin' Chappelle s--t and I had to like, in the moment, acknowledge that I was being f--king sensitive," he continued. "Know what I'm saying? I need to be able to take a joke just like everybody else. People are allowed to say what the f--k they want and I'm allowed to feel how I want but am I going to fight them or am I going to accept what they have to say and keep it f--king moving. The only people that I don't respect and who I think can't take a joke, I think that they're less than me. Those are the people who I don't say my honest opinion around and that's disrespect."
Elsewhere during the Instagram Live session, Caesar recalled a variety of hardships he's undergone throughout his career, as well as vocalized his opinion that "being a victim doesn't get you paid."
Soon after ending his five-minute long broadcast, during which he exclaimed that he was "drunk as f--k" several times, Black Twitter got wind of his commentary and began to react, sharing a slew of fitting GIFs and wondering aloud if his commentary deemed his being collectively "canceled" as a result.
Despite Caesar trending well into Wednesday evening, the singer has not yet addressed his admittedly drunk broadcast, nor has he issued an apology.
Take a look at how Black Twitter is weighing in on Daniel Caesar's recent commentary in the posts below.
ok, but why we gotta talk shit about the gap in Daniel Caesar’s teeth tho? it’s troubling to see appearance-bashing conflated with holding folks accountable 🤔— jamila woods (@jamilawoods) March 20, 2019
Yall already knew Daniel Caesar was team no seasoning.— Countess George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) March 20, 2019
His hairline looked like it was shaped up with a bowl. And he uses the hard "er" following NIGG.
Let that man go off into the abyss as the Black friend.
nobody:— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) March 20, 2019
Daniel Caesar on IG live:pic.twitter.com/M8sHHMpxqq
@DanielCaesar Nah but a dialogue has to be had, G. It’s less about Black people “being mean,” but way more about folks protecting their creative space from someone who’s shown disrespect to Black people, and recently Black women, over and over again.— SonOfAGun 🔊 (@CoryTownes) March 20, 2019
Daniel Caesar put the same lukewarm song on an album 9 times and I told y’all this was the case when it happened— Dad (@fivefifths) March 20, 2019
I was flowing with @DanielCaesar’s music, but his social commentary is trash.— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) March 20, 2019
White people being mean to Black people is a thing of the past?
Blacks are mean to whites and shouldn’t complain when whites reciprocate?
Did you miss 400 yrs of history?pic.twitter.com/jfxMWz0Q3B
daniel caesar got the same name as a salad you can buy in williamsburg yall should've known— Trey Smith (@SlimiHendrix) March 20, 2019
“Cancel me. Make me broke”. - Daniel Caesar— DJ Heat (@DJHeatDC) March 20, 2019
I don't even have any Daniel Caesar in my library to remove. Nothing to cancel. pic.twitter.com/bQpixzqfqY— Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) March 20, 2019
This Daniel Caesar thing made me think of a (possibly directly) related issue:— Joshua (@JournoJoshua) March 20, 2019
Guys, y’all gotta let go of the pain you felt when your black friends said you talked/acted “white.” They were problematic, but it shouldn’t be a pretext to be contrarian the rest of your life.
Daniel Caesar on this shit rn pic.twitter.com/ruwyPOzDP9— Taylor 🍭 (@losertayyy) March 20, 2019
Daniel Caesar is giving me awkward Black suburban kid with conservative Christian parents who let getting roasted at the lunch table mold his views on racism.— charity (@charitydaartist) March 20, 2019
You know how racists be like “I’m not racist. I have a black friend.”— ImHonestTho (@ImHonestTho) March 20, 2019
Daniel Caesar is that friend.
I shoulda known Daniel Caesar would cape for a white woman after he said strippers in New Orleans don't shake booty like Priscilla do.— 3-23-91/CM Ratchet/3-6 Mafia (@SkywalkersView) March 20, 2019
That's a white woman name. pic.twitter.com/clNnfrhJok
what’s wild is that black women were the 1st and main ones defending Daniel Caesar when people came for his unconventional looks and he just... pic.twitter.com/wON3uK0QvF— k (@ktgonkt) March 20, 2019
Somebody tell Daniel Caesar pic.twitter.com/Et7gEst3tP— Drew Burroughs (@CoolerthanUDrew) March 20, 2019
Y’all tried to PC Principal King Chappelle to death just cause he had some jokey jokes for Daniel Ceaser. Now look at you. pic.twitter.com/yMit2avaJi— Kazeem Famuyide (@RealLifeKaz) March 20, 2019
daniel caesar is kinda like...— Xavier D'Leau (@XavierDLeau) March 20, 2019
those kids who were bullied by their own race so they side with the others because of trauma or whatever.