(AllHipHop News) When news broke that 21 Savage was detained by ICE for being an undocumented immigrant from the United Kingdom, the collective internet had a field day. Memes making fun of 21 popped up all over social media timelines.
The backlash from the digital jokes actually led to Demi Lovato deactivating her Twitter account and the wisecracks ignited an extended Offset versus Chris Brown feud on Instagram. 21 was asked about the memes during an interview with the New York Times.
"Some of them was funny - I ain’t gonna lie. I was appreciative of that. I coulda been another person who just, 'He locked up? Damn,' and nobody said nothing," said the Atlanta resident born Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph. "Some people, I see why they was mad. It ain’t about the meme, it’s about the bigger picture."
Savage added, "But I done been through way worse things in my life than somebody putting me on a meme. I been shot - what is a meme? A meme is nothing. That’s something on the internet that I can do like this [turns over phone] and never see again. I look at bullet scars every day, so it’s like, a meme, bro?"
Times writer Jon Caramanica also asked 21 about missing the 2019 Grammy Awards ceremony. Some of Savage's supporters were upset that no one besides Childish Gambino producer Ludwig Göransson mentioned him during the broadcast.
"[Post Malone] wore the 21 Savage shirt, so I felt like I was there. I don’t care what nobody say - everybody in that building who’s connected to this culture, I was on their mind in some type of way. That’s all that mattered," expressed 21.
He continued, "They didn’t have to say it ’cause everybody knew it. It was in the air. All the people that was there, they said the words in other places and that matter just as much. All the big artists was vocal about the situation, so I was appreciative. Even the memes."
In addition, 21 said he was not interested in incorporating his pending deportation into his lyrics. The 26-year-old Hip Hop artist conveyed that his music may have been part of the reason he ended up in ICE detention.
Savage added a third verse to his song "a lot" with the line "I can't imagine my kids stuck at the border" which referred to the controversial Trump Administration policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border. 21 was taken into custody just days after debuting the new version of the song.