Vince Staples on Upset Christian Mother in Viral Video: 'She Has a Right to Her Opinion'

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Vince Staples poses for a portrait backstage at The Fader Fort Presented by Converse during SXSW on March 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas. 

Earlier this week, a video featuring a Christian mother offended by the rap song she heard on her daughter's preferred radio station went viral. In the 11-minute clip, the mother protests "I couldn't even believe the words as I was listening to... as a mom, it infuriated me," swears it would be the last time her daughter listened to the station, and ultimately breaks down in tears, in disbelief over how "this is what our youth is being subjected to."

The offending song was the "Norf Norf," single from West Coast rapper Vince Staples' acclaimed 2015 album Summertime '06. After the internet went nuts over the video's conservative message, Staples was asked by The Independent for his reaction to the clip. "I don’t really have much to say about the video — I don’t think it’s funny at all,” the publication quoted Staples as saying, going on to defend the woman's right to her opinion: “It’s not right to attack someone over their stance, their opinions, and their religion. I think that’s very immature."

His comment continued: "We already have a lot of issues between black and white relations in this country based on misunderstandings... In my eyes, she doesn’t look like a racist. She doesn’t look like a mean person. But it’s not very responsible for people to try to take that and jump, looking for some sort of commentary on these issues [in the community].”

After the article's publishing, however, Staples took to Twitter to say he had been misquoted by the Independent: