Newsdeck

Rapper defiantly stares at eclipse, cancels shows

By AFP 24 August 2017

For a rapper whose debut single was called "Unorthodox," Joey Bada$$ isn't one to accept conventional wisdom. Defying widespread warnings, he proudly stared at the solar eclipse without protection.

It didn’t turn out to be a great idea. The rapper canceled three shows starting Wednesday as he complained about his vision.

The 22-year-old Brooklyn rapper on Monday shared on social media that he was gazing into the sky without special glasses as the United States witnessed its first coast-to-coast total eclipse in nearly a century.

“This ain’t the first solar eclipse and I’m pretty sure our ancestors ain’t have no fancy eyewear. Also pretty sure they ain’t all go blind,” he tweeted.

But he also said that he was seeing in different colors. He said his three shows — in Cleveland, Chicago and Toronto — were canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances” and hinted that his vision was to blame.

“Seeing double, stacking triple,” he tweeted Wednesday, using hip-hop slang for cashing in.

The rapper — whose latest album, “All-Amerikkkan Bada$$,” tackles racism, mass incarceration and other issues facing the United States — had unlikely company in his defiance at staring at the eclipse.

President Donald Trump, known for shunning experts, also looked into the sky without protection as cameras were on him, but only briefly. He has not reported any vision issues since. DM

Gallery

While we have your attention...

An increasingly rare commodity, quality independent journalism costs money - though not nearly as much as its absence.

Every article, every day, is our contribution to Defending Truth in South Africa. If you would like to join us on this mission, you could do much worse than support Daily Maverick's quest by becoming a Maverick Insider.

Click here to become a Maverick Insider and get a closer look at the Truth.


Stimulus Package

Ramaphosa steps up to economic realities with R50bn package

By Greg Nicolson

There are more skin cancer cases related to tanning beds than there are lung cancer cases to smoking.