Rapper XXXTentacion sparks outrage after 'hanging a white boy' in his music video -

Rapper XXXTentacion sparks outrage after 'hanging a white boy' in his music video

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American rapper XXXTentacion has sparked controversy by imitating the hanging of a child in a new music video.

The 19-year-old rap star from Florida (real name Jahseh Onfroy) released a video for his single, Look At Me, on Tuesday.

The video shows a number of violent scenes and incorporates footage of real life killings including the 2016 shooting of Philando Castile (who was gunned down while unarmed in his car in front of his girlfriend and four-year-old daughter).

The video climaxes with two young boys being introduced on stage in front of an audience - with the white child having a noose slipped over his head and raised upwards in an acted hanging.

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XXXTentacion’s video is intended to highlight the continued divide between races in the United States - with the creative team explaining the difficulty in finding a child for the hanging scene.

"We had to delay the video because the mum that originally agreed and said okay but when she got there she didn’t feel comfortable. We delayed for a week,” casting director LaShawnna Stanley told the Australian Telegraph.

"I called a lot of parents. It was a direct booking. No one was okay with their white child getting lynched. With all the racial tension in the world right out they were nervous,” she continued.

The music video makes reference to a number of violent killings of black people

“[The parent who agreed] was serious about acting and the message. The mother of the son is very serious about acting. She’s a stage mum. She has three sons and takes them to LA to audition. She understood the vision,” she added.

Black men are also shown hanging from a tree in an earlier scene in the video - with children being used in the video to symbolise "innocence" and a white child being employed to "shock" audiences.

However the message could be lost due to the backlash over the video including the child being hanged.

One Twitter user slammed the video, tweeting: "I’m not sure if hanging a child in a music video is right, regardless of the message you send.”

The video culminates with two young boys being brought onto stage in front of an audience
Many have been outraged to see a child being 'hanged' in the video

Another asked: “Seriously sick. Why is twitter not banning this?” with another tweeting: “Hanging children from a rope? This rapper @xxxtentacion is sick."

A further outraged viewer tweeted: "so x is saying to be ‘equal’ we must do what is being done? (Killing white people) which is creating more hate?”

While another asked: "who in the world let someone do this to their child. What kind of parent lets this happen?”

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