Iran's Ahmadinejad defends African Americans with Tupac 'n****' lyrics
The Iranian politician, who is no stranger to controversy, made the mistake of quoting a Tupac song in a tweet discussing the current race protests in the US, which erupted after the killing of an African American at the hands of police.
"The scheme of the world powers is to cause disunity in order to keep all societies under control. The killing of #GeorgeFloyd was deeply disturbing & upsetting & is the result of the current world order which we all must unite against,"Ahmadinejad tweeted, adding: "Pull the trigger kill a N**** he's a hero," without censoring the controversial word.
The quote, from Tupac's rap song "Changes", comes as no surprise to his 125,000 followers, who regularly witness the former official reference hit songs from the deceased rapper in his tweets.
In 2018, Ahmadinejad quoted the same song to mark the 52nd anniversary of the foundation of the Black Panther Party.
"It's time to fight back that's what Huey said. Two shots in the dark, now Huey's dead,” he added.
Ahmadinejad, a conservative hardliner who governed the Islamic Republic from 2005 to 2013, has made headlines for hateful and prejudiced comments. He has previously voiced doubt over whether the Holocaust took place, and claimed that 9/11 was an inside job.
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He joined twitter in March 2017 despite having been instrumental in getting the social media platform banned in the country.
Ahmadinejad regularly weighs in on US internal affairs online, discussing a range of topics including the NFL's treatment of Colin Kaepernick, disputes between President Donald Trump and basketball star Lebron James, as well as the ongoing racism in the country.
Despite the service being blocked for ordinary citizens, many of Iran's top officials tweet regularly, including President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Even the office of supreme leader Ali Khamenei maintains accounts in several languages.