After a video surfaced of the triumphant members of the Virginia Tech women’s lacrosse team, Coach John Sung released an apology for any offense that viewers may have felt. The YouTube video recorded members of the Hokies’ team singing out a racial epithet while repeating the words of a popular rap song, “Freaky Friday.” 

Head coach Sung released the apology once the offending video appeared on YouTube. Speaking to the Roanoke Times, Sung said, “This is a teachable moment.” Sung added, “It’s not something that we’re proud of. The team is very apologetic and sorry. There’s nobody of any color that should say it. Period. There’s nobody that should say it.” He insisted that there was “malice involved.”

“They just thought that they were singing along to a song," Sung claimed. "They had just won. They’re singing songs. The first couple songs were Disney songs…They were celebrating and they were dancing and they were excited."

 

“Friday Friday” rap song and accompanying video were products of a collaboration by comedian/rapper Lil Dicky a.k.a. David Andrew Burd and Chris Brown. Burd is white and Brown is black. The song features obscene language and racial epithets, apparently sung by Lil Dicky, while semi-clad women gyrate on a bed with Brown. The song is replete with use of objectionable racist language.

Here follows an excerpt of the lyrics:

Holy sh*t, I got a kid (oh)
Ohh, I can sing so well
Wonder if I can say the n-word (wait for real?)
Wait, can I really say the n-word?
What up, my n*****? (woo) What up, my n*****?
Big ups, my ni*****? we up, my n*****.
You p**** a** n*****, man, f*** y’all n*****.
'Cause I’m that n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****.
I’m that n*****.

“Friday Friday” reached the top of the Official Trending Chart this week in the United Kingdom. The song features a story in which Lil Dicky switches his body for Brown’s. 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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