A rising rapper is getting blowback on social media after throwing wads of cash to folks on skid row in downtown Los Angeles in what seemed to be supplied as a vacation present.

Blueface, who’s behind the highest 10 Billboard hit “Thotiana,” posted a video of himself standing atop a automobile parked in entrance of a tent-lined sidewalk at Crocker and fifth streets and tossing payments into the group.

The entertainer known as it the “season of giving.”

However the reactions to what could have been meant as a form gesture have been lower than beneficiant.

Social media pages had been flooded with critics who stated he humiliated homeless folks and put them at risk by making them run for cash in the midst of the road. Others praised Blueface for giving again to these in want. Nonetheless others appeared to take pleasure within the viral second whereas admitting the supply technique was controversial.

In a video posted Monday, the receiving crowd seems cheerful. They elevate their arms and run to catch the flying payments, toppling over those that had crawled on the pavement for the fallen payments.

“Get it, child!” one individual shouted.

“Up right here!” one other cried.

A driver stopped her automobile and acquired out to affix the group. One younger lady struggled via the throng, seemingly extra desirous about getting a photograph of Blueface than in his cash.

When the rapper ran out of the cash he had carried in a transparent plastic bag and jumped off the automobile, one man crawled onto the automobile to scavenge the few payments left behind.

“Ain’t no extra?” one other man known as from the road.

Whereas the group thanked Blueface for the shock present, criticism for the act got here rapidly. Some steered there have been higher methods to present again that will be longer-lasting and extra equitable for the residents of skid row.

On Twitter, customers likened the rapper’s gesture to that of Donald Trump when he threw paper towels to Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria decimated the island.

“You couldn’t simply hand it out? They’re not strippers,” one other Instagram consumer stated.

“I’m all for giving again, if that’s what you’re going to do. This … excessive key degrading although,” one other Twitter consumer posted.

Blueface has not been afraid of a viral second previously, and owes his ascendance partly to social media moments.

The 22-year-old Los Angeles native, born Jonathan Porter, rose to stardom via his hit “Thotiana,” which was circulated on social media earlier than getting the eye of main rap artists comparable to Cardi B and YG. The track went on to rank within the high 10 of Billboard’s Scorching 100 chart.

No matter whether or not Blueface was aiming for a viral second, the vacation look on skid row actually garnered consideration. The video has had greater than 6.5 million views on Twitter and Instagram.

A consultant for Blueface didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Tuesday.