Ray J’s meeting with former President Donald Trump is causing him to receive backlash on social media. The reality star met with Trump on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at his Mar-a Lago Club, in Palm Beach, Florida, to talk about creating specific initiatives, including job creation and small business development that would help business people and young professionals Page Six reported.
The 41-year-old, whose real name is William Ray Norwood Jr., told the media outlet that he’s “always admired and respected” Trump’s “business acumen.” He added, “Our conversation was about job creation, encouraging small business development, and how Information Technology plays an important role in the future of our economy.”
Ray J shared that the two agreed on “how important an educated workforce is, as well as the critical need of developing of young people,” telling reporters, “I’m ready to get started now!”
Ray J’s meeting and photo-op with Trump outraged many of his fans who took to their backlash to social media, where they blasted the R&B singer. One Twitter user commented, “The amount of Black male celebrities that cozy up to Trump is disgusting. Weakest links. Ray J is a clown! Brandy don’t deserve that embarrassment by proximity.”
The photo made its way to various news sites that reposted it on their Instagram accounts, where it received further backlash from critics, including one person who questioned, “Is this a joke?” Another person asked, “How the f-ck is he going to create jobs when he’s looking for one his damn self? 10000 bankruptcies filed and trying to avoid prison time.” That person added, “ Yeah I want his advice.”
The meeting comes after rumors that Ray J, was in “secret talks” with Trump to get a pardon for Suge Knight. However, he denied the story, which was published by the Daily Mail. “People make up a lot of different stories about a lot of different things,” Ray J told Variety at the time. “But that story right there, I jumped on top of it because I didn’t want it to spread.”