A video of the Virginia Tech women's lacrosse team singing along to a Lil Dicky song surfaced and it's drawing criticism from both sides of the aisle.
What's all the fuss about?
A lyric in Lil Dicky's song "Freaky Friday" repeats the n-word several times as do many rap songs. The team -- who are of mostly Caucasian descent -- sing the song innocently (including the part with the n-word) following their win against Elon University.
The video was posted on Snapchat by a junior on the team but became controversial after it was uploaded to YouTube and Twitter on Sunday. This prompted the team's coach, John Sung, to issue an apology and deem it a "teachable moment."
"It’s not something that we’re proud of," said Sung. "The team is very apologetic and sorry. There’s nobody of any color that should say it. Period. There’s nobody that should say it.”
According to Deadspin, a Twitter user purporting to be a player on the bus begged the person who shared it to Twitter to remove the video as she was scared for her safety. The purported player sent the person one of several direct Twitter messages asking that the video be removed:
I PLEASE ask you take it down. I deleted most of my social media accounts for my safety. This video really was out of innocence of us having fun and singing along to a song. I honestly did not realize that word was in my video or else I would have never put it on snapchat ... My team is ashamed of what we did, and I have realized how wrong it was for my teammates to be singing along to that song.
Here's the video of the women singing:
Here's the rap video:
The lyric they repeated?
"Wonder if I can say the n-word (wait for real?) Wait, can I really say the n-word? What up, my n****? (woo) What up, my n****? Big ups, my n****, man, f*** y'all n*****. 'Cause I'm that n****, n****, n****. I'm that n****. I woke up Chirs Brown's body (oh yeah)."
Lil Dicky is a white rapper and comedian who gained notoriety after his music video went viral in 24 hours on YouTube.