TMZ has a long and strong history of breaking stories. They were the first to report Michael Jackson’s death, when no one–not even CNN, would touch the story. TMZ was the first to announce that Whitney Houston had died. And, if you don’t remember, they were the primary outlet responsible for breaking the Chris Brown, Rihanna domestic violence debacle. Say what you want–when TMZ posts a story–people believe it.
3/15- Friday, 9:28 EST
To make matters worse after Wayne tweeted “I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love,” TMZ updated their initial story with this: “Wayne is sleeping right now … which is odd, because he just tweeted saying he’s OK and thanking people for the prayers and love.” The jab was alarming. Who was telling the truth? And was Lil Wayne closer to the heavens than his people wanted us to know?
Mack Maine (@mackmaine) March 16, 2013
Just holla'd @my Lil bruh Tunechi…& he skraight! TMZ some fuck-niggaz for reporting that hoe-ass-shit!!! That man daughter is like mines.—
T.I. (@Tip) March 16, 2013
Mack Maine tweeted “F**K TMZ.” Rapper T.I. jumped in on the charade and assisted in pulling a red herring. A photo of Drake walking into the hospital surfaced (and it was an indicator of how deeply infiltrated TMZ was onsite). Nicki Minaj, Birdman and NBA Chris Paul also visited him.
3/18- Monday, 9:30 AM EST
As of late, Wayne is said to be “stabilizing.” A report today listed the rebellious boss in intensive care. The section about Wayne being read his “last rites” has since been removed by TMZ, leaving folks expecting, at least, an apology or mention of irresponsible reporting. Which leads us to question, if they made a mistake in the first place, and if so, why haven’t they addressed the mistake like they have before? They issued an apology earlier this year to Janet Jackson for falsely reporting on an altercation between she and her niece, Paris.
The bigger story for the media and the millions of Lil Wayne fans worldwide is the concern for the young rappers health.
“The important thing here is, whatever happened to Wayne, I hope he’s okay. If it’s drugs involved here and he needs some help, I want him to get it. I don’t want to lose Wayne,” Michael Skolnik, editor-in-chief of GlobalGrind told Radio.com.
That’s what we’re feeling. Despite his raunchy and sometimes misogynistic lyrics, Wayne is a father, a boyfriend, a son and a role model. We don’t want to see another one of our black boys dead! We’re praying for Wayne.
We’ll continue to keep you updated on this story. To learn more about the effects of “sizzurp”, read more here.
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