Waka Flocka Receives Backlash as He Supports Daughter's Sexuality After Prior Transphobic Comments
Many social media users noted that they feel the rapper is not actually supportive of the LGBTQ+ community
Waka Flocka Flame is under fire over his past transphobic comments.
In a recent episode of his reality TV show Waka & Tammy: What the Flocka, his stepdaughter Charlie Williams — whom he raises alongside his wife Tammy Rivera — revealed to the rapper that her girlfriend would escort her at her quinceañera (15th birthday party).
In the episode, Williams said she was surprised to receive her stepfather's approval so easily. But many social media users noted that they feel Waka (né Juaquin Malphurs), 34, is not actually supportive of the LGBTQ+ community.
Waka responded to the backlash with a video he shared on social media. Though it is unclear which platform he originally posted the clip, Instagram account The Neighborhood Talk, LLC, reposted the video on Saturday.
In the video recording, he said that he is "not a phobic; no I'm not none of that."
"But what I'm gonna say bro is, I'm gonna support my daughter," he continued. "Y'all stop running with this narrative that she coming out 'cause she ain't never hiding from nothing. She's not no face, no spokesman, no nothing. She's living her f—ing life, man. That's all it needs to be. Cut it out man, that s— lame."
He went on to ask, "Who raised y'all? Serious question for y'all. Are you raising a teenager? Are you a parent? Do you know how it feels? I'm not supportive of nothing; this is my daughter. The word 'supportive' don't matter when you're a parent because you're automatically doing that. Y'all [are] tripping."
One Instagram user claimed that Waka Flocka was not supportive of Dwyane Wade's 13-year-old daughter Zaya, after comments he made during a previous interview with DJ Whoo Kid that aired last February.
The social media user wrote, "So you're upset that we are talking about your situation with your daughter, but yet you were the same one that was talking about Dwyane Wade's daughter Zaya. Make it make sense, sir."
A rep for Waka Flocka Flame did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
(A 2019 study found that "decisions to socially transition are driven by a child's understanding of their own gender." Says Russell Toomey of the University of Arizona, "This is critically important information given that recent public debates and flawed empirical studies erroneously implicate 'pushy' parents, peers, or other sources, like social media, in the rising prevalence of children and adolescents who identify as transgender.")
But social media influencer Zoie had a stark response to Waka's support of his stepdaughter's sexuality, saying in an Instagram story video that he feels it is "bulls—." He later added, "Everybody should be treated fairly, no matter who you like."
Zoie, 29, continued, "... So it's just funny because in the comments everybody's like, 'Oh, he's such a good dad, he agrees, letting his daughter be her.' But when you talked about Dwyane Wade and Zaya ... Zaya was only 13."
Waka's wife Rivera, 34, responded to Zoie in an Instagram story video of her own, which was also reposted on Twitter on Saturday. In it, she claimed Zoie's statements were incorrect, and that Waka was sharing his opinion.
Rivera went on to say, "Are people allowed to grow? Are people allowed to change? Because it seems like you're damned if you do, you're damned if you don't."
Wade, 39, and his wife Gabrielle Union, 48, seemingly responded to the chatter surrounding his daughter Zaya and Rivera's daughter Charlie's sexualities by each reposting a previous video on Tuesday, in which the former NBA star addressed naysayers who were commenting on his daughter at the time that news of her transition broke.
Wade expressed that he had found a silver lining within the negative commentary regarding his daughter, whom he shares with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches. (Rivera shares her daughter Charlie with ex Brian Williams.)
"All the people that have something to say about my kid ... I thank you, because you're allowing the conversation to keep going forward," he said in the clip. "Because you know what, you might not have all the answers today. I don't have all the answers, but we're growing from all these conversations."
The social media user who originally posted Wade's previous response on his Instagram story captioned the video, "THANK YOU D' this is what unconditional love looks like, this [is] how you show up for your lgbtq child. Zaya does not yet know how BLESSED she is to have two parents that love, appreciate, and accept && [are] not scared of putting in the work. @dwyanewade @gabunion."
For more info, please contact the GLAAD Transgender Media Program.