NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A music video and song have sparked outrage across the country.
As CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported, for some it’s particularly personal.READ MORE: Sources: Salman Muflihi Faces Hate Crime Charges In Stabbing Of Asian Man In Lower Manhattan
“We live in Flushing, Queens, and we had our house broken into twice in the last five years,” Chris Kwoak said.
Kwoak said he can’t help but feel that the song “Meet The Flockers” by rapper YG glamorizes crimes against his own community.
That’s because of lyrics that allude to scouting out and breaking into the homes of Asian Americans.
The song has prompted protests in major cities where YG performs — including one outside of Irving Plaza on a Monday night.READ MORE: Elizabeth Galarza Arrested For Allegedly Repeatedly Punching 2-Year-Old In The Face On Subway
“Shame on YG. Shame on YG,” protesters shouted.
The other side of the story comes from the other side of the street. YG fans said they don’t want to tell protesters how to feel, but believe the lyrics have been misunderstood.
“I feel like YG just talk about what he’s already gone through. He’s not saying go out and do this,” Kashira said.
“I think that’s just how he grew up,” another fan added.
But Asian Americans in Union Square said there’s no mistaking the message, and promised that as YG continues to tour, the demonstrations will follow, until the song is banned or they get an apology.MORE NEWS: New Yorkers At Bronx Food Pantry Describe Need For Federal Stimulus Checks, $15 Minimum Wage; 'Got To Choose Between Rent, Food'
The song was released in 2014. Its recent spike in popularity was reportedly sparked by an incident in Georgia last month when a Chinese-American woman shot three intruders who entered her home, killing one of them.