Jack Harlow may have just been carried into fan cancellation with his recent controversial action that went viral at the annual Kentucky Derby.
The Louisville native was among the many attendees, including Drake, who graced the star-studded event in the city over the weekend.
A video surfaced of “The Handsome Harlow” star being lifted by two men of color to save his shoes from being stained. Yet he seems to have spilled mud over his reputation instead.
Fans Displeased Over Jack Harlow Being Carried By Black Men
The official Twitter handle of the Kentucky Derby shared a clip of Harlow at the event at Churchill Downs, Louisville, on Saturday, May 7.
The video showed the “Nail Tech” rapper dressed in a fashionable white ensemble. His arms rested over two hefty men of color who were likely on his security team.
The men carefully lifted Harlow over a pile of mud and into a vehicle while the post’s caption read, “Gotta keep the kicks clean for Riders Up.”
Many viewers were far from amused and took to the comments section with their unfiltered reactions to the incident.
A baffled Twitter user wrote “Could’ve just worn bags over the shoes, but nah do this instead” with a facepalm emoji.
Another person replied that Harlow could have checked the weather before he got on his private jet and brought something to change into, adding, “Jeezus, that’s…….no f*ckin words…..none.”
An irritated fan believed that the “That’s What They All Say” artist could have been better prepared before choosing such a controversial course of action, and suggested:
“Or could have worn shoe coverings or had some other plan because this looks very old south in the worst possible way.”
A netizen wondered why anyone thought the “SUVs” rapper’s action was a good idea, as there were other means to prevent him from staining his shoes. The user asked, “Ever heard of a damn golf cart?”
A disappointed fan admitted to liking Harlow less and less, while another considered the entire debacle completely unnecessary, writing, “They make pocket squares to wipe your shoes down. But nooooooooo….”
An internet user seemed to believe that Harlow’s decision to be lifted into a vehicle by Black men was in tune with the behavior of past enslavers. The netizen posited, “i know his ancestors are proud as hell right now.”
— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) May 7, 2022
The “First Class” Artist Scores Big With “Industry Baby” Despite Team’s Disapproval
Harlow’s respect for Black people may be under question, but his love for the LGBTQ+ community remains strong. Such as when he stood by Lil Nas X on his controversial single “First Class,” despite concerns from his team.
Last October, The Blast disclosed that the “What’s Poppin” rapper opened up in a GQ interview about how those in his close circle felt partnering with the “Montero” star was a bad look.
Harlow’s team mentioned that they believe the homosexual content present in Lil Nas X’s music videos is “wrong,” but he was of a much different opinion than them. He said:
“I had people in my corner that didn’t recommend I do that song, that don’t want to watch that video, you know? But I just realized there is a fundamental difference in how the world is seen by some people. Some people think certain things are wrong.”
The “First Class” artist clarified that those in his corner who disapproved of the collaboration are not homophobic but may have spiritual reasons behind their dislike. He explained:
“There are some people, at the root level – although they don’t want to hurt any gays; they don’t hate gays – they think it is wrong, whether it’s religion or whatever reason it is. But for me, I have never been this way. Never.”
Working on “Industry Baby” with the “Call Me By Your Name” musician turned out to be one of the most profitable decisions of Harlow’s career. The song swiftly became the first number-one song on the Billboard charts.
This win follow’s Harlow’s chart-topping career as a breakout artist in the rap industry with his fan-favorite single “What’s Poppin.”
The 24-year-old star also released a debut album in December 2020 titled “That’s What They All Say.” It skyrocketed in sales and became the number 5 album in the United States.