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This weekend, while many were focused on who would come out on top at the Super Bowl another story emerged that took over headlines. Rapper 21 Savage was arrested by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), who says he is illegally living in the United States, CNN reports.
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Apparently Savage’s real name is Shayaabin Abraham-Joseph and he is a citizen of the United Kingdom. Well go figure. Despite his gangsta persona and lyrics, Savage reportedly came to the US in 2005 when he was 13-years-old. His visa reportedly expired in 2006.
“Mr. Abraham-Joseph is presently in ICE custody in Georgia and has been placed into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts,” ICE said in a statement. “ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine future actions.”
Savage’s lawyer issued this statement,
“We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with the authorities to clear up any misunderstandings,” Dina LaPolt said in a statement to CNN. “Mr. Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in this country, especially in Atlanta, Georgia, and is actively working in the community leading programs to help underprivileged youths in financial literacy.”
While many celebrities came to Savage’s defense, Demi Lovato (like many of us) admitted that she thought the memes surrounding the story were hilarious. However, it didn’t take long before the Black community, led by Wale, to “check” Demi then make a joke about it at her expense.
Demi eventually deactivated her Twitter account. See #BlackTwitter’s reaction to it all, below:
21 Savage Arrested By ICE, Black Twitter Drags Demi Lovato For Laughing was originally published on hellobeautiful.com
May y’all never have to deal with an immediate loved one being disappeared into state custody over some bullshit/trumped up charges because with the way some of y’all are tweeting about this 21 Savage shit....chile.— Defund Green Arrow’s Hillbilly Tether™️ (@IWriteAllDay_) February 4, 2019
21 Savage when his boys catch him making Tea: pic.twitter.com/uSG41EwNag— Prentice Gribbons (@Prentice_Gribbz) February 4, 2019
*21 Savage going back to the U.K.”— Ceo Rashaad 🦈 (@mvlikbright) February 4, 2019
Black Twitter: 😂😂😂😂
Black Twitter: pic.twitter.com/ASaoJiBIKQ
Twitter : 21 Savage British😂😂🤣— ALIBABA (@PUSSYWANTWAR) February 4, 2019
Demi Lovato : 🤣
Also twitter : pic.twitter.com/uNqJ1qQtuE
6ix9ine: “I ain’t a snitch“— Brana (@Brana) February 4, 2019
Judge: “You are looking at 47 years of hard time”
6ix9ine: “You guys ever noticed 21 Savage looks British?” pic.twitter.com/AgGYIyQDNo
21 savage after getting arrested pic.twitter.com/XZJzSzkH41— Dyl (@XimenezDylan) February 4, 2019
Nobody : 21 savage: I got shooters ready to gun ya down pic.twitter.com/91kfppxaOl— kachigga (@kachiigga) February 4, 2019
Twitter : Laughing at 21 savage memes💀😂😂🤣🤣🤣— ALIBABA (@PUSSYWANTWAR) February 4, 2019
Demi Lovato : lmao
Also twitter : pic.twitter.com/SoXXebhdjP
What happened to 21 Savage is another reminder that “criminality” is a largely subjective concept. It’s not a static state of being, it’s a decision made by ppl in positions of authority to wield punitive power against certain ppl while ignoring the transgressions of others.— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) February 4, 2019
Free 21 Savage.— Norm Kelly (@norm) February 3, 2019
21 Savage's immigration situation is a reminder that undocumented Black immigrants exist but are often invisible (or ignored) during discussions about immigration. But they are very much at risk.— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) February 4, 2019
Twitter: *cracks 21 savage joke*— 🅙dot (@unclejdot) February 4, 2019
Demi Lovato: man these jokes are great
Twitter makes random jokes about 21 Savage— `` (@Lazypoet__) February 4, 2019
Demi lovato: haha