Last year, controversial rapper, XXXTentacion, was shot dead outside a car dealership in Florida by Dedrick Devonshay Williams of Pompano Beach. While the act was one of brutal violence and unpremeditated horror, XXX (real name Jahseh Onfroy) could hardly be said to have led a spotless life himself. The reports of the domestic abuse suffered by Onfroy's girlfriend at his hands are enough to make even the most hard-hearted of us wince.
But one comedian has faced a huge backlash for making a joke out of his death. While the joke has been taken down by Comedy Central, many have stood up for up-and-comer, Dina Hashem, claiming that nothing should be off-limits for comedy. What's your take? Scroll on to untangle this complicated situation.
Born January 23rd, 1998, Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy was better known as XXXTentacion.
Like many in the genre, XXXTentacion rose to fame on Soundcloud.In spite of his young age, XXXTentacion was hugely prolific, having created three studio albums in his three active years.
But music was not what XXXTentacion was solely known for.His entire short life was shrouded with controversy. In fact, he first attacked a man at the age of six and spent much of his youth in and out of juvenile detention centers.
But the majority of the controversy surrounding XXX regards his treatment of his ex-girlfriend.
It didn't end there.
Eventually, Geneva Ayala took XXX to court on a myriad of domestic abuse charges.Pitchfork feature - but we have to warn you, this makes for a pretty horrendous read.
Some of Ayala's injuries were truly horrific.She has since set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for the surgery needed on her orbital bone following the months of violence that she suffered. Again, we have to warn you, there are images on the page that many may find triggering.
Aside from a history of horrifying domestic abuse, there was another scandal which followed XXXTentacion around.While in prison, XXX claimed that a man looked at him, which he took as homosexual flirtation. His response? To beat the fellow inmate almost to death.
What makes this all the more shocking is how XXXTentacion talked about the incident.Speaking on the No Jumper podcast, XXX said "He was just staring at me! You feel me? So like I’m strangling him and he’s leaking, leaking [blood and bodily fluids] like type-s**t, and I’m about to kill this n****r . And luckily, to my luck, luckily – because, I wouldn’t be here today speaking to you or be this successful – luckily a guard came over and saw this."
In fact, this is sort of what categorizes his whole attitude to violence.In an obituary, the Guardian commented on his total lack of regret for his vile actions, saying that he, "will be remembered mostly for the unusually cruel violence he committed on vulnerable people, particularly his ex-girlfriend, crimes for which he never expressed remorse."
On June 18th of 2018, XXXTentacion's life was cut short.
During the struggle which ensured, XXX was shot numerous times.Dedrick Devonshay Williams was arrested two days after the shooting and was eventually found guilty of first degree, unpremeditated murder.
In spite of the controversies, XXXTentacion still had a remarkable number of fans.And, weirdly enough, it seems as though the people who connected to XXX's music could seemingly discount his violent, dangerous, and sociopathic persona and just enjoy the tunes.
Since his death, XXX has had a few records posthumously released.
Hearing XXXTentacion on Royalty 🔥 https://t.co/W47zwIpmIn— DomisLive NEWS (@DomisLive NEWS)1563509545.0
But one woman has hit headlines this weekend in relation to XXXTentacion.
And, in a promo for her performance, Comedy Central posted a snipped online.
Fuck comedy central and dina hashem after disgustingly disrespecting the late great rapper XXX tentacion #CancelComedyCentral #LLJ— Slut for oat milk (@Slut for oat milk)1563574165.0
Although many have spoken out in support of Hashem.
Look this XXXTentacion shit is actually very simple so lemme sum it up for you: YES you can rap about murder but NO… https://t.co/QNGqI16DaL— Curtis Cook (@Curtis Cook)1563654273.0
It seems something of a double standard.
This XXXtentacion guy beat his pregnant girlfriend half to death, along with admitting to stabbing and brutalizing… https://t.co/g1M0GLWTEc— Matt Walsh (@Matt Walsh)1563665685.0
In fact, many comedians have backed Hashem.
attacking a woman is the best tribute to XXXTentacion his fans could have come up with— Django Gold (@Django Gold)1563638895.0
Some of them, even we think push the limits.
Part of me wants to take out my anger on all the XXXTentacion fans today, but I doubt any of them are carrying 50 grand in cash.— Anthony Jeselnik (@Anthony Jeselnik)1563665831.0
Many of the jokes had us wincing.But, hey, at least they put the softer, generally far less offensive nature of Hashem's original joke into perspective.
Although some had a more measured response.They calmly pointed out the hypocrisy of responding to a joke about death with literal death threats. Pick a side, people! Is death serious, or not?
Even so, Hashem has made an apology.
Here's the original joke that sparked this whole conversation.
In comparison to everything that you've read so far, it seems like pretty tame stuff, right?
the xxxtentacion joke was a good joke based on a tragedy. in the joke she says its tragic even. it is a well writte… https://t.co/IbMr7z9z35— Open Mike Eagle (@Open Mike Eagle)1563736411.0