God Forgives, Twitter Doesn’t: Rick Ross Confuses Africa For A Country And Twitter Has A Field Day Over It

June 26, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines
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It doesn’t take much for people to get riled up about Rick Ross. When you call yourself a “Bawse,” pretend to be living the life of an actual drug dealing gangster, rap about slipping folks a Molly, and constantly walk around with your breast out, people are always going to have something to say. But Ross had to take a loss this week when he traveled somewhere in Africa (he didn’t clarify where, but he’s traveled to Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria in the past, even filming a version of “Hold Me Back” in the latter country to some side-eyes), and tried to show his appreciation for the trip and Wale’s new album on Twitter. Things went downhill from there:


Maybe if he would have acknowledged that he made a slight mistake and then clarified that Africa is indeed a continent, that would have been the end of that. But he didn’t, and the end-result was all those retweets. Folks on Twitter went on and on as they do, joking about his mistake until at some point, after letting the Tweet stay for a while, Ross or someone on his team decided to delete it. As someone who is constantly on Facebook and Twitter for this publication, it’s easy to make a mistake when you’re trying to quickly move from one thing to the next, so while I might have slowly side-eyed the Tweet, I wasn’t nearly as harsh as some of the folks on Twitter. Here are a few of the responses his mistake received:

“Rick Ross landed in the whole of Africa at once, I swear he writes the fat jokes for himself.”

“You failed Geography?”

“Africa isn’t a country and U.O.E.N.O it.”

Guys, the saddest part is that this is NOT Rick Ross’s first time in the country of Africa. He should have known better! #RoastOn

“That Rick Ross “country of Africa” tweet is the best thing since Ying Yang Twinz named their album “United States of Atlanta”

“@rickyrozay doesn’t know that having sex w/ an unconscious person is rape. Why did y’all expect him to know that Africa was a continent?”

While some might think it’s sad that Ross possibly really thought Africa was a country, it’s even sadder that all this creativity gets wasted on Twitter. Some of these people need to be out here writing for comedians!

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  • Dee Jon

    With due respect but he is not the only American that’s ignorant about the world outside U.S.A. Majority are like that. Research this and tell me I’m lying

    • Nope

      Pretty much. First thing that came to my mind was “another dumb American”, not “another dumb rapper”.

  • Shamontiel

    Please fix your tweet. It currently says: “MadameNoire
    ‏@MadameNoire 21m So Rick Ross accidentally called Africa a continent…simple mistake. But Twitter folks wouldn’t let him forget it” (Africa IS a continent. I think you meant to say “country.” The irony is this account did the same thing Rick Ross did. But it could be to prove a point about typos on Twitter.)

  • Shamontiel

    And the tweet was fixed just now! All is well again. :-)

  • Christopher Wilk

    Good Have Fun and don’t be giving nobody no Molly…

    • AncientSpiritNewDay


  • MeladyV

    LOL I can’t…

  • clove8canela

    Hilarious! I love it!

  • Clarke (An Afro-Centrist)

    Every “Black” person of any ethnicity should, by law, know that the land of “Africa” is a continent. If not, we truly do need to educate ourselves about our history and “African” history.

    A continent incorporating approximately…

    = “54, fully recognized, soverign countries with 9 territories, 2 independent states, and 4 distinct regions: North, East, South and West”.

    = “Several thousand ethnic groups” (3000 +) with an, overall, population of 1+ Billion people.

    = “3000+ languages” spoken with six, prime, linguistic families: Afro-Asiatic, Nilo-Saharan, Niger-Congo, Khoe, Austronesian, Indo-European”.

    = “500+ tribes (with hundreds of lost tribes)”

    = “Various religions, both recognized and independent”.

    = “Hundreds of thousands of various cultures”.

    = “TWO DOMINANT SKIN COMPLEXIONS/HUES: LIGHT & DARK – with various tones and shades in between. From the ‘Palest & Darkest’ people in the North to the ‘Darkest & Palest’ of people in the South.

    = “A continent of mighty genetic (physical and phenotypical) diversity”.

    We truly need to educate ourselves on the ‘Motherland’. The media perpetuates so many stereotypes and generalizations of Africa and we, as Black people ourselves, subconsciously, believe them.

    I love being a 19 year old young Black man of AFRICAN descent and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    • Suzy


    • mlw1924

      love it!!

  • nick

    I’m all for these fools exposing how truly uneducated they are online…i won’t have to waste time trying to figure out who to avoid and who not to give my money to.

  • Shirley768

    Reason #875,629 why rappers are not allowed to be my kids’ role models

    • Catch_My_Drift

      No of course not. That’s wrong!!! It’s #875,692,984,9586.06 Section DCCCXC
      (890 in roman numerals) of Catalog 8578289t-5766sb. That is the current catalog for 104958984833 reasons that exist for rappers not allowed to be role models.

      • Catch_My_Drift

        104958984833 is the number of catalogs that exist.

  • Gigi

    I know right, Clarke!! There are some true comedians on Twitter.

  • DaisyDuke

    This is why I am a strong advocate for checking with Google or any other information source before sending a tweet. Things like this can be avoided lol.

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