Nipsey Hussle, whose real name is Ermias Asghedom, died on March 31 aged 33 following a shooting outside his Los Angeles clothing store, Marathon Clothing. When reporting on the memorial service for the late rapper, which took place at the Staples Center last week, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham laughed as she spoke about the “dear artist”.
The furious backlash began when the Fox News host appeared to mock the 33-year-old rap star’s feature on hit song “FDT”, which belittles US President Donald Trump.
Hosting The Ingraham Angle on Friday, the Fox News host said: “Yesterday, in LA, thousands lined the streets to say goodbye to rapper Nipsey Hussle. Now, this dear artist recently released a song called FDT, F Donald Trump.”
After showing a section of “FDT”, the giggling Fox News host said the song had “a very creative refrain”.
She added: “So, the chorus, it goes on and on. Is that related to the lowest unemployment ever basically for African Americans?”
A close friend to Hussle and rapper The Game was infuriated by the TV segment and launched a social media campaign to get the Fox News host fired.
The Game wrote on Instagram: “We are NO LONGER laying quiet while you continuously disrespect our brother, culture African Americans as a whole,”
“I will use my platform & call on my peers to do the same.
“Nips passing nor his legacy is to be taken lightly as there will be consequences for any disrespect now or in the future as long as I have a voice!!!”
Snoop Dogg commented on the post and said: “I’m in.”
Rapper T.I. also hit out at Laura Ingraham’s comments and branded the segment as “disgusting”.
He wrote: “Neither of you WILL EVER know or experience the level of love, appreciation and respect that Nip has.”
Nispey was shot dead outside his clothing store, Marathon Clothing, on Sunday.
He is believed to have been targeted following a verbal altercation with the suspect, who Los Angeles Police Chief, Michel Moore, said left the scene but returned with a gun and opened fired.
Fox News declined to comment on the issue to the Washington Post. Express.co.uk has also contacted the news channel.