While a number of media pundits Wednesday looked to blame rap music for the racist chant sung in by University of Oklahoma’s SAE fraternity, Rush Limbaugh‘s put his own unique spin the argument. He’s suggested that Kanye West would have a hit if he were to use the same lyrics, which included racial slurs and referenced lynching.
“If this had been a song by Kim Kardashian‘s husband and they had sung this song at the Grammys … it’d be a hit,” he said on The Rush Limbaugh Show Wednesday, as TMZ reports.
He added, when one of his staff members seemed to disagree, “But I’m telling you this stuff gets awards, and the people who sing it are portrayed as American royalty in terms of celebrity. You can’t deny that.”
Earlier in the day, MSNBC’s daily news show Morning Joe‘s hosts suggested the offending fraternity members probably learned this language from rap music. This assertion came following word Waka Flocka Flame had canceled a performance scheduled for next month at the university in response to the racist video.
“If you look at every single song, I guess you call these, that he’s written, it’s a bunch of garbage,” said Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski. “[His lyrics are] full of n-words, it’s full of f-words. It’s wrong. And he shouldn’t be disgusted with them; he should be disgusted with himself.”
In response, Twitter started making fun of Brzezinski and this notion, using the hashtag #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery. Brzezinski has since clarified her comments, stating. “In no way is anybody else to blame for what they did on that bus.”
Get North Or Die Trying #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery
— PULLUP GERVAIS (@GrandeMarshall) March 11, 2015
#RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery “Straight Out Of Cotton”
— Isaiah Smallwood (@IsaiahSOfficial) March 11, 2015
— O-GA-GA (@Dandy_Lord) March 11, 2015
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.