by Daniel Hill
St. Louis rapper Nelly made his way to Ferguson this week, arriving on Monday evening to address the crowds gathered there in protest of the August 9 shooting of Mike Brown. As he spoke, some members of the throng expressed outrage that he had not arrived on the scene sooner. When Nelly spoke of the protesters considering "other options," one member of the crowd expressed frustration. "You have options! You're rich!" It was one criticism out of many that would be lobbed that evening.
Here are some tweets from the scene when Nelly first arrived.
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 19, 2014
Nelly then grabbed a bullhorn and addressed the assembly.
Nelly to #ferguson protestors: "We can't overreact." Says showing destruction is working backwards.— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) August 19, 2014
But some in the crowd were unhappy with how long it had taken Nelly to come down and weigh in on the issue, and they took offense....
Continue to page two for protesters' reactions.
Some protesters in crowd upset that it took Nelly so long to come to #Ferguson. They're calling him out.— Omar Villafranca (@OmarVillafranca) August 19, 2014
Nelly saw J Cole in Ferguson and said "oh shit, he's taking all my shine. Let me get out there."— Bishop Trillsap (@Its_Gooch) August 19, 2014
Nelly orating with a bullhorn. Tells crowd they need a plan. People ask what his plan is. He doesn't have a plan pic.twitter.com/CywUyVkGmA— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) August 19, 2014
Nelly telling the crowns they need a plan
Crowd ask Nelly what's his plan
Nelly doesnt have oneAugust 19, 2014
People shouldn't be asking Nelly what the plan is any damn way. He's not an activist.— Phony Stark (@B_Wash5) August 19, 2014
Please Nelly, tell us more about your experiences in community organizing.— professorLUV (@professor_luv) August 19, 2014
Now Nelly is going all activist? (fart sounds)— Brooklyn Southerner (@patrickgipson) August 19, 2014
Nelly is probably top 10 stupidest celebrities out. He's not ignorant, he's stupid. He has the information, doesn't know how to use it.— Q Gatsby (@IslandLuck1914) August 19, 2014
Though one Twitter user was quick to hop to his defense.
Nelly gave yall "Country Grammer" & yall treating him like Chingy.— Domingo Sanchez Mesa (@MsDomP) August 19, 2014
Speaking of, that's a good question: Where is Chingy, anyway?
Watch a video of Nelly speaking to crowds in Ferguson below: