T.I.‘s son King Harris recently came under fire after enlisting an unhoused person to take part in the recently-banned “One Chip Challenge,” and now he’s responding to the backlash – sort of.
Taking to his Instagram on Monday (September 11), the controversial young rapper made a thinly-veiled pass at the people who tried to “tear [him] down” while thanking his “real supporters and fans.”
“Out of All the times the internet tried to tear me down …. I held my spot down head up through it all and came out smiling on top,” he wrote with a crown emoji. “Shout out to my REAL supporters and fans for never switching up on me.”
You can view the post below, which includes a close-up of the his recently-acquired veneers that have also been the subject of jokes:
In a video posted to social media on Friday (September 8), King Harris can be seen offering a homeless man a Paqui chip outside of a convenience store. T.I. and Tiny’s spawn then tells the man that he’ll receive $50 if he eats the chip and doesn’t drink water for the next five minutes.
The man can be seen struggling with the pure heat of the chip, and ultimately loses the challenge. Nevertheless, King Harris had a consolation prize for the man.
“He done lost though!” King can be heard saying at the end of the video. “But I done gave him $20.”
Just two days prior, NBC News reported that Paqui has removed the chips from store shelves after a mother claimed her son lost his life while performing the challenge.
According to Lois Wolobah, her 14-year-old son Harris consumed the chip on a Friday (September 8), and then went to the school nurse with a stomachache. Harris subsequently went home and passed out in his room. He was later taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Paqui chip contains seasoning from the Carolina Reaper and the Naga Viper peppers, both of which are considered amongst the hottest peppers in the world. The Carolina Reaper has an SHU (Scoville Heat Unit, which measures the concentration of capsaicinoids, the enzyme responsible for the “spiciness” of the pepper) of 2,200,000 — making it the hottest pepper in the world — while the Naga viper has an SHU of 1,349,000. For purposes of comparison, a bell pepper has an SHU of 0, while a jalapeno pepper has a peak SHU of 8,000.