LL Cool J has a word for would-be videographers seeking to exploit down-on-their-luck celebrities: Instead of pulling your phone out, try offering a hand instead.
After an unsettling video of a video the rapper/actor believed to be Maia Campbell, his co-star from the ’90s series In the House surfaced on Twitter Saturday, he crafted pointed words for the videographer.
In the footage, the woman, clad in a bralette and shorts at a gas station, tells the camera, “I want some crack,” and alleges she was raped in an encounter she described as “un-human.”
“Instead of pulling out your phone and filming someone who’s obviously having trouble. Maybe lend a helping hand? A kind word?” LL Cool J tweeted Sunday evening, tagging Campbell, with whom he worked for five seasons on the NBC sitcom.
Instead of pulling out your phone and filming someone who's obviously having trouble. Maybe lend a helping hand? A kind word? @MaiaCampbell
— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) July 10, 2017
His public shaming is unlikely to sway the man who shot the video, who goes by @TheRealThood on Twitter. He had already posted an expletive-laden video Saturday in which he lashed out at other African-Americans who were criticizing him for exploiting a black woman at a low moment in her life.
They wouldn’t care, he argued, if the woman trying to buy crack on camera had been a white former child star. He cited Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff as an example.
In a video message posted to the Instagram account of the urban pop-culture site Baller Alert, a woman addresses LL Cool J by his real name (James Todd Smith), saying, “I don’t need help; I don’t need a benefit concert for mental health. Don’t (direct message) me.”
When the cameraman asked how LL Cool J could get in touch with her, she replied, “Don’t call me, I’ll call you.”
In a tweet posted around the same time late Monday night, the Lip Sync Battle host appeared to take the hint, writing, “You can’t help someone who doesn’t want your help.”
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SOURCE: USA Today – Erin Jensen and Jayme Deerwester