The actor called out The Breakfast Club, as well as The Shade Room, Lipstick Alley, and other platforms he called “feeding grounds for negative reinforcement toward BLACK ‘nonconformists.'”
Stanfield’s feud with Charlamagne came about in a since-deleted Instagram post from the former where he accused popular black platforms of harming the African American community.
“The shade room, lipstick Alley, breakfast club, worldstar, and many others are or anti black,” a text image read.
Lakeith Stanfield hit tha tl w that heat this morning. pic.twitter.com/vU4t0vVEgk
— MASK AS A REAL FACE 3! (@757doofus) November 13, 2019
The following caption accompanied the post:
It’s a fact that a lot of these platforms are usually or tend to be feeding grounds for negative reinforcement toward BLACK ‘nonconformists’. They bolster faux vanity and hold a white supremacists scope over black men and women often highlighting negative attributes and downplaying mind expanding ones. They serve as bottomless coward consumption pits and digital, audio, or otherwise slave mentatilty museums. @ all you want.
Charlamagne learned of Stanfield’s comments and responded to the actor while declaring him “Donkey of the Day” on November 14.
“You can say any and everything about me. I’ve damn near heard it all about myself online, but what you won’t do is ever fix your lips to call one of my platforms, especially The Breakfast Club, anti-Black,” Charlamagne said before reading Stanfield’s caption. “I strive every day to be the perfect balance of ratchetness and righteousness, alright. There isn’t another show out there that goes from Byron Allen to Blac Youngsta like it’s nothing.”
‘Young king, I know for a fact you don’t take the chances that I do, every day, in the name of blackness,” he continued. “That’s exactly why you didn’t call out any white media outlets, because your publicist, your agent, and those Hollywood executives you work for would have had a fit. You would’ve never taken that chance.”
“You haven’t always been this woke warrior you claim to be,” Charlamagne added. “In fact, you apologized for that freestyle. You know why? Because you know Hollywood don’t play that…they will cancel you so quick that the only outlets who would accept you and still embrace you is the black ones….You talk so crazy about black outlets, but when you come on the black outlets, it’s not like you’re being this intellectual beacon of light.”
Following that, Stanfield released his Charlamagne diss track, “Automatic.” Accompanied with an image of Charlamagne reminiscent of blackface minstrel imagery, the track includes lines like, “I’m black, I’m Atlanta, I’m the Hall of Fame/Insecure, you afraid, you’s a Charlamagne.”
The song seems to be from a forthcoming project Stanfield is working on called Self-Control.