Conversations Stephen A. Smith - Know Mercy

Published on January 20th, 2023 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Stephen A. Smith on Cancel Culture, Rihanna and More on ‘Know Mercy’

One thing I really admire while watching or listening to commentary from Stephen A. Smith is that he’s gonna get right to it…no shuffle. On today’s new episode of Cadence13’s Know Mercy with Stephen A. Smith, Stephen A. takes on the cancel culture community following his appearance on the Sherri Shepherd daytime talk show.

Highlights: Stephen A. Smith on cancel culture and his Rihanna vs. Beyonce Super Bowl Halftime Show comments

Stephen A. Smith: “The need to apologize is because Rihanna is being painted as somebody who was disrespected when no disrespect was intended, nor do I believe it was displayed. I talked about her brilliance and her greatness. I just said, ‘I’m a Beyonce fan. That’s me.’ And there’s no crime in that. Folks don’t have anything better to do? You losing your damn mind.. and this is what really, really bothers me about all of this. It’s flagrant hypocrisy. People compare stuff every day. Ladies and gentlemen, who are you listening to right now? Who the hell are you watching? I debate for a living every day.”

Stephen A. Smith:Lil Wayne is special, but I love Drake. Drake is special, but I love Nas. Nas is hellified, but I prefer Eminem. Eminem is off the chain, but I respect… I’m a Jay-Z dude. And oh, by the way, I’d give anything on this planet to have the power to resurrect so I could bring Biggie and Tupac back and see where they would measure up in today’s culture, this rap game compared to the names I mentioned. Am I disrespecting anybody? People have their proclivities. They have their preferences. They have their likes. They have their loves. I threw no hate, nor any shade upon anybody. There was no reason for this. I apologize to Rihanna because of the nonsense that this is percolated into ‘cause she deserved that, ‘cause she didn’t ask to be in that. And I have to be more responsible than that because I didn’t realize people would be so freaking idiotic that they would turn this into something that isn’t. Silly me.”

Stephen A. Smith: “It’s ridiculous. Cancel culture has taken a hell over. It’s pathetic. It’s almost like people sat up there and said, ‘Well, I don’t have certain positions, so let me make sure nobody else has them either.’ Like bottom feeders, for crying out loud. It’s embarrassing for it to be turned into all of this.”

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