The 90th Academy Awards were pretty much an extension of Black History Month, from Tiffany Haddish continuing to amaze, to Kobe Bryant andJordan Peele taking home Oscars. In another proud black moment, Common performed a remix of “Stand Up for Something,” from the film Marshall, which was nominated for Best Original Song.
Along with breaking down the #TakeTheKnee movement protesting and pledging his support for immigration/Dreamers using his signature spoken word rapping style, Common touched on the topic of gun control, specifically referencing the Marjory Stoneman High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.
“Tell the NRA [National Rifle Association] they ain’t God’s way/And to the people of Parkland, we say Ase," he rapped.
Apparently, the NRA wasn't too happy about that. The gun enthusiast group took to Twitter in an attempt to drag Common directly.
.@common @TheAcademy: This is what the #NRA and its members stand for. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/elDV3zteF9— NRATV (@NRATV) March 5, 2018
In a minute-long video with the national anthem playing in the background, a man can be heard talking not about guns, but veterans, and how their organization is about protecting the very freedoms that vets fought for.
Since Common's message was actually focused on the lives lost and affected by the tragic school shooting, he wasn't having the organization's clapback and simply responded with crying emojis. The NRA wasn't feeling that, either:
Here's @common laughing at a message about honoring our fallen heroes minutes after he went on @TheAcademy stage and said #NRA members are “in God's way.” #Oscars pic.twitter.com/TSfYFCvJi3— NRATV (@NRATV) March 5, 2018