Rapaport is a lost cause but they did their best…
To say that Michael Rapaport is “problematic” is like saying a pig’s punani is pork. Of course, he is. It’s his natural state of being. Despite that, Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay had Remy-port on The Higher Learning podcast not out of some duty to cinematic irony but to talk to him about how some of his behaviors are harmful to Black people.
Lathan begins by tyring to break down to Rapaport how his posts that portray negative images of Black people affect the community.
“On my social media, I don’t post any of these videos. I post no videos of violence. No videos of violence against Black people, no police beatings. I didn’t post the Goerge Floyd video” Van explains.
“I post none of that. The reason I don’t post any of that stuff; there’s two things. Number 1, Black Americans are continuously triggered by these images… What they’re also continuously triggered by is a national almost worldwide narrative that we are inherently hyper-violent and prone to criminality. What I’m telling you, is that by you taking the time on your social media page to continuously hype and continuously promote negative images of black people… you’re harming the community.”
Suffice to say, Rapaport isn’t exactly open-minded enough to accept what he is being told and dives headfirst into excuses and defensiveness like a typical privileged white man:
“If the s#!t’s funny I’m gonna post it!”
Rapaport then tries to use other Black people as his excuse for perpetuating the videos by saying that he gets the viral content from other pages owned or run by Black people, which is totally irrelevant to the point. By that logic, Mike should be allowed to say “ni**a” all day long and not get beat the f**k up for it because he heard us say it. Don’t work like that, big man.
Things get a little heated during this convo. Check out the full clip below.
God bless Van and Rachel for even attempting to have a conversation with Troll-a-port because Lord knows that is an exercise in extreme patience.