Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, a member of the all-black female hip-hop group TLC, came under fire on social media when she insisted that "all lives matter" instead of aligning her views with the Black Lives Matter movement.
During a May 9 interview that made waves Wednesday on social media, Thomas faced questions from UK's Channel 4 News about being a black female in America, as well as her thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement.
"Another issue that's been highlighted in both the USA and the UK is the Black Lives Matter movement," reporter Jasmine Dotiwala began. "Did you guys feel strongly about it when it was kicking off in America? Did you go on any marches? Did you go on any anti-Trump marches?"
I personally didn't go into any marches, or anything like that, but for me, all lives matter, you know what I mean? Because there is a time when different groups are targeted for different things, you know what I'm saying? So, I just think that, just the whole ... you know ... what happened with the police brutality against these young black boys and stuff like that, all of that kind of stuff is wrong, even if it was a caucasian teen kid that this was happening to or whatever. It's just not right.
She said that law enforcement sometimes takes things too far and that those in law enforcement should be vetted more heavily.
"Some people take that authoritative position, and go crazy with it obviously," Thomas said. "I think that before people are hired in these positions, they need to do some kind of better background check on them, or mental stability kind of check on them to see if they can really handle being in a position like that."
American girl group TLC respond to a question about Black Lives Matter by saying "all lives matter". pic.twitter.com/y2wv48NJei
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) May 9, 2017
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins — another member of TLC and a former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant — added her two cents about policemen, claiming that cops stick together: "That color sticks together too, blue, they stick together. They're not going to tell on each other."
Watkins also noted that she doesn't care about President Donald Trump, noting that his presidency doesn't affect her life.
"I don't care about Donald Trump," Watkins said. "God is my president, so I just feel sorry for people it affects, but I don't care about him."
When asked if they think Trump is a "scrub," T-Boz laughed before adding, "It doesn't bother me I worked on 'Celebrity Apprentice' when he wasn't president and I wasn't too fond of him then. So I don't care really."
Twitter users disagreed — a lot:
Them answers TLC gave about Black Lives Matter & Trump ♀️♀️
— Destiny (@DanceBotDes) May 10, 2017
— Lincoln Mondy (@LincolnMondy) May 10, 2017
@Channel4News the Caucasian scenario Chili made up doesn't happen, so she's cancelled, & I'm glad Usher cheated on her, music wouldn't be the same
— (@kanesha_fm) May 10, 2017
@Channel4News Reporter: "Do you guys support Black Lives Matter?"
TLC: "AlL lIvEs MatTeR" pic.twitter.com/fx8EP2enWr
— Smiling=no medal (@Mila_Mani_Shook) May 10, 2017
@Channel4News She really said " i feel sorry for people it affects" like she's not an American living in America.
— Girl Almighty (@IamAfsa) May 10, 2017
"All lives matter"
"If it was a caucasian teen...it would be wrong." (WHEN IS IT EVER?)
"God is my president."
— Chris (@MusicIsEuphoria) May 10, 2017
How are TLC, proud pioneers of social consciousness in the 90s, gon' be so ignorant on the Black Lives Matter movement. Beyond disappointed. pic.twitter.com/ixvHfzM0Nq
— ☁️SARASWATI☁️ (@saraswatiuk) May 9, 2017
@saraswatiuk I was considering their tour over here. After this not buying no ticket.
— Arewa (@Omalichanwa17) May 9, 2017
@saraswatiuk I've got pirate copies of 3 TLC albums. Good thing I didn't give them my money
— Boer Vrek Countdown (@taSamora) May 10, 2017
@Channel4News TLC - YOU DONT CARE!? - Cuz it doesn't affect U & U lack empathy. Ya,all live matter but "ALL" lives arent getting their asses killed. Dummy
— Maruška (@MaruskaMoore) May 10, 2017
— ThisPlacelsOurs (@ThisPlaceIsOurs) May 10, 2017
Since #AllLivesMatter, can you give back the money you took from ALL LIVES who wanted a TLC album but ... nvm
— GIANTS4EVER (@ScottieBeam) May 10, 2017