He may want to rethink his security strategy
Gucci Mane has been having the best year ever. Not only did he get out of prison really early, he’s dropping hot album after hot album, he may have a Reebok collaboration coming soon, and he’s planning his dream wedding to his fiancée Keyshia Ka’oir. Gucci has also just released his autobiography The Autobiography of Gucci Mane in which he details how he rose from his drug-dealing past to become one of the biggest hop hop stars ever.
For those who don’t know, Gucci’s fans consider him to be that savior of trap music. He explained about his music in an interview, “Trap, by definition, is a hustle or a spot or the act of just grinding. When I came up, trap was crumbling. Trap meant that you was in a drug infested place, neighborhood, house. The music was about that lifestyle, anything pertaining to that lifestyle. But right now, it’s broad; it’s kind of like hard hitting beats, and just talking about the drug culture.”
Gucci was signing copies of his book and posing for fans on Tuesday, September 19 at Barnes & Noble bookstore in New York City when something very unexpected happened.
One young guy approached the rapper and bumped fists with him, saying, “The word on the street is that you’re thinking of going vegan, brother. But you can’t be vegan if you keep wearing that fur!” That’s when it got weird. The guy pulled out a black t-shirt emblazoned with “Animal Abuser” and started chanting, “Shame on Gucci!” Another protester popped up and screamed that Gucci is an animal abuser. The pair was eventually physically removed from the area. It was later determined that the protesters were activists with the New York Animal Defenders.
People are glad that Gucci is okay, though it easily could have gone the other way. Many musicians before him have been attacked or even killed by crazed fans. Actually, Gucci barely reacted at all. He didn’t even flinch. Perhaps he thought that the protesters weren’t going to hurt him with their shirts and words, or maybe he was taking their anger to heart.
Kim Kardashian recently became the target of a much more subtle animal rights/anti-fur protest when model Pamela Anderson asked her in an open letter to stop wearing fur and urge her fans to do the same. Both Kim and her husband Kanye can often be seen wearing massive fur jackets. Kanye rapped about fur-wearing in 2012, singing, “Someone tell PETA my mink is draggin’ on the floor.”
Gucci hasn’t commented on what happened to him, but he just hopes that people like his book. He said about his autobiography: “I think it’s just a fascinating story. It’s not a regrettable biography. It’s just truth. It’s the underdog story because I been jumping hurdles my whole life. I done made a lot of mistakes and I feel like I’m a resilient person. I shook it off and I kept going and I just want to let people know. I hope when people read my book, that’s what they get out of it, like: ‘OK, Gucci went through a lot, he’s doing something that maybe a lot of people would love to do — but at the same time, he took it for granted at the time and made mistakes but he bounced back from it and he’s better for it.’ And let them know, ‘if he can do that, it’s never too late for me to turn my life around because look what he did.’”
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