The Wu-Tang Clan is speaking out again in an effort to distance themselves from rapper Andre Johnson, who cut off his penis and tried to commit suicide in Los Angeles on April 16. I hope Andre ‘gets the help that he needs … but he is not in Wu-Tang Clan,’ the band’s publicist said firmly in a new statement on April 18.
Andre Johnson may need help but he should not look to the Wu-Tang Clan to get it. The group’s publicist wants to make it clear that the troubled rapper also known as Christ Bearer is no longer affiliated with Wu-Tang. The group first denied its connection to Andre by posting a harsh article to their social media pages on April 17, one day after Andre’s shocking suicide attempt and self-castration.
Wu-Tang Clan On Andre Johnson’s Suicide Attempt: Rapper Needs ‘Help’
“Don’t look at us,” is what Wu-Tang might as well be saying about Andre’s traumatic incident.
“I feel terrible for what happened to Andre Johnson,” Wu-Tang publicist Heathcliff Berry says in a statement to Us Weekly. “I hope he finds peace and gets the help that he needs. I feel terribly for his family, but he is not in Wu-Tang Clan.”
Andre is actually a member of Northstar, a Long Beach, Calif.-based hip hop group that was created by Wu-Tang Clan member RZA and briefly signed to Wu-Tang Productions, according to Wu-Tang’s website.
“He is in his own group,” Heathcliff says. “RZA worked with them — as he does with countless other artists — years ago. [Northstar] was only loosely affiliated with Wu-Tang ten years ago … but [Andre] was not a member of Wu-Tang Clan.”
“I didn’t know who he [or the group] was before this happened,” he adds.
Well, at least the group sends its well wishes, but it sounds like that’s all the support Wu-Tang is willing to offer Andre.
Wu-Tang Clan Disses Andre Johnson After He Cut Off His Penis
An April 17 blog post on the Wu-Tang Clan’s website and social media pages read: “Parental Advisory: Don’t Believe the HYPE. This Mother F–ker Ain’t Got S–t to do with The WUTANG Brand.”
The article, which was posted and deleted on April 17, included a picture of a man who looked like Andre, along with the caption, “Not affiliated with the Wu-Tang Brand.”
So HollywoodLifers, do YOU think the Wu-Tang Clan should be more supportive of Andre during this difficult time? Let us know!
— Tierney McAfee