President Joe Biden Slammed For Butchering LL Cool J’s Name
President Joe Biden caught some heat on social media after he butchered LL Cool J’s name and referred to him as “boy” during the Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday night (Sept. 23). The Phoenix Awards dinner was where the Grammy-winning rapper was being honored. It “recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to society.”
“Two of the great artists of our time representing the groundbreaking legacy of hip hop in America , LL Jay Cool J, uhhh…” he said as the crowd laughed in a now-viral video.
“By the way that boy — that man’s got biceps bigger than my thighs,” Biden added, referring to LL Cool J.
After hearing Biden’s “boy” comment and mispronouncing the rapper’s name, social media began calling out him for the use of a racial epithet against Black men.
“Old habits die hard ‘Boy’ Not a joke,” one X user wrote.
Some also came to the defense of President Biden.
“In a sane world, he’d be a nice old man referring to a man much younger than he is as a boy, and it would all be endearing, and LL Cool J would be flattered to be addressed so familiarly by a respectable old man. Unfortunately, we live in a world where the president is old,” wrote another X user.
President Joe Biden Refers To Black Governor As “Boy”
This is not the first time Biden has referred to a Black man as “boy” in a public space. Earlier this year, Biden referred to Wes Moore, Maryland’s first Black governor with the same derogatory remark. Previously, Sen. Cory Booker called Biden out on the use of the term back in 2019.
“This is about him invoking a terrible power dynamic that he showed a lack of understanding or insensitivity to by invoking this idea that he was called ‘son’ by white segregationists who, yeah, they see in him their son,” Booker told ABC’s This Week at the time.
Booker added that he had a private conversation with the now-President and added that, “You don’t joke about calling Black men ‘boys,'” Booker said.
Take a look at the video below:
BIDEN: "LL J Cool J, uhh, by the way, that boy's got— that man's got biceps bigger than my thighs" pic.twitter.com/ulCQRkEp0l— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 24, 2023