Jack Harlow thought everything went smoothly at his Tuesday night (December 28) show at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta but that wasn’t the case for everyone in attendance.
Harlow was made aware of a video taken outside the venue on Wednesday night (December 29) regarding a police officer putting his hands around the neck of a female fan during an argument.
Instead of privately offering the woman how many ever tickets she’d want to a show, the Louisville native publicly called for the firing of the officer while citing a systemic issue when it comes to the police.
“When I watched it I was disgusted by that cop and all I wanted to do was make something good happen for this girl immediately,” he began. “I told the world to help me identify her so I could find a way to give her a hug and give her as many tickets to as many shows as she wants.”
“But that’s not enough and its not a solution to a systemic issue that people who don’t look like me have to face. The next step is identifying this police officer and getting him unemployed as fast as we can. Assaulting a young woman and putting his hands on her neck is sickening.”
Harlow continued, “I look out in the crowd every night and see black women in my front row…screaming my lyrics, traveling to see me, supporting me, riding for me. I want this woman, and every black woman that supports me to know – I am so sorry. I want you to be protected and I want this guy to lose his job so fucking fast.”
Being a white rapper in a Black genre, Jack Harlow is trying to set an example for his fans and has become a voice for criminal justice reform. In 2020, he took to the streets of his hometown to protest the murder of Breonna Taylor at the hands of police.
“The things I was doing last summer, any fans who didn’t feel like criticizing the police or were on the other side of things, I was going to weed them out,” Harlow said in an interview with Footwear News. “That could have been a moment for them to no longer be fans. But what is important is that I lead by example for all the white kids looking at me. This is what you do. You don’t just enjoy Black culture. You stand up next to Black people in a time of need.”
Jack Harlow’s Crème de la Crème Tour continues on Thursday night (December 30) with a stop at New York City’s Terminal 5.