Wale‘s new song “Smile” is a celebration of positivity in the face of adversity, but when it comes to conservative political commentator and former talk show host Tomi Lahren, the D.C. rapper isn’t very happy
It all started on Monday when Lahren’s former boss Glenn Beck filed a counterclaim to the 24-year-old’s lawsuit against Beck and the network he founded in 2010, TheBlaze — in which she alleged that she was wrongfully terminated by the company and that they had launched “a public smear campaign” against her after she expressing her pro-choice opinions about abortion on The View.
In documents filed Monday in a Texas court and reported by CNN, Beck claimed Lahren was still employed with TheBlaze and continues to be paid — though that because of longtime “employment issues,” they do not intend to renewing her contract after it expires in September.
TheBlaze’s “employment issues” with Lahren, according to the documents, include alleged on-air language that bordered “on profanity,” alleged mistreatment of her own crew, alleged arguments with other media personalities, and purported ignorance in her analysis, CNN reports.
So what does Wale have to do with all of this?
Well, in response to the counterclaims, Lahren gave Wale and his song “Smile” a shoutout on social media.
“I’m gonna take the advice of Wale and just smile,” she wrote on Twitter, adding a smile emoji and the 100 emoji.
Wale’s response? “Same phone who dis,” he wrote — shooting her down.
Of course, those who have been following the two on social media know this isn’t the first time they’ve traded jabs over Wale’s song “Smile.”
While Wale sings that “We all need a reason to smile” in the song, the track isn’t all love. There’s a dig at Lahren herself in there, with Wale purposely butchering her name and referring to her as “Tammy Lahren.”
“Maybe I should meet Tammy Lahren, I’ll Lauryn Hill her/Train her, she miseducated anyway/Prolly hate the color of my face,” the 32-year-old raps.
When the tune hit the Internet in January, Lahren and Wale had a bit of a back and forth about it.
“So if you’re gonna put someone in a song…diss ’em.. perhaps get their fricken name right next time,” Lahren wrote.
“Ok Tammy,” Wale responded — launching a thousand memes in the process.
“Ok Whale,” she quipped back.
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Lahren may be back at it with Wale, but she has bigger fish to fry with her lawsuit—and she’s hoping to put it all behind her soon enough.
“To my former employer I would just say, ‘Let me go. Let me move on,’” she told ABC’s Nightline on Wednesday. “I’m deeply hurt by what has happened. I’m disappointed in what has happened, but if this is the way that it is, let’s just part ways cleanly.”
“I just want to work and have the freedom to put my voice out there, and I want to interact with my fans and my followers,” she continued. “That’s all I want out of this.”
Since her show on TheBlaze, Tomi, has been pulled from the air, Lahren says she feels “lost.”
“When your outlet is taken away from you, when your catharsis is stripped from you, and you don’t understand why and you’re so disappointed and you’re so blindsided by it, it hurts,” the commentator said.
Wale’s fifth studio album Shine, which includes the track “Smile,” is out May 5.