Super Bowl commercials always push boundaries to get attention, but sometimes they push them too far. That’s what critics are saying Lil Wayne’s Apartments.com ad did when he starred alongside George Washington. See why some complain it’s ‘racist’, here.
Lil Wayne, 33, and George Washington starred in a silly Apartments.com Super Bowl ad together. However, after the ad was released on Feb. 2, some critics are saying that it’s “racist.” See what exactly is causing the complaints, right here.
Super Bowl ads often tend to be pretty edgy, because shock value gets people’s attention in a sea of funny or sexy or crazy commercials. Now, some critics are saying Lil Wayne’s Apartments.com commercial pushed the boundaries a little too far into racist territory, TMZ reports.
The ad features Jeff Goldblum being pulled to the top of a building on a grand piano to the tune of “Movin’ On Up,” and when he reaches the top he finds Lil Wayne hosting a Super Bowl party with George Washington. Lil Wayne is “flame-broilin’ some burgers” and “grillin’ some beans.” The joke is obvious: George and Weezy were two characters from The Jeffersons, which is why these two random people are hanging out. However, there’s something less-obvious that has some viewers up in arms.
According to TMZ, some critics take issue with Weezy cooking for George, a person who historically owned slaves when he was alive. The Apartments.com commercials portray G.W. as kind of an idiot savant, and certainly not in charge of the situation, but some argue that they could have chosen another “George” to complete the joke. A source close to Weezy told TMZ the ad is “meant to be funny and silly and not the least bit offensive,” and that “people need to calm down.”
Here are a few fan reactions to the ad:
— Major Legacy (@major_legacy) February 3, 2016
Saw on TMZ they were talking about a commercial featuring Lil Wayne and Jeff Goldblum. Saying its racist. 😕 Nope, don't see it.
— Michael™ (@SecretAvenger22) February 3, 2016
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