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Rapper Xzibit: 'Planking' Is RACIST!!!

7/8/2011 9:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's the latest craze taking over the Internet -- lying face down in bizarre places, stiff as wood -- but rapper Xzibit is leading a new charge AGAINST "planking" ... claiming the practice has RACIST roots.

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Xzibit took to his Twitter recently, claiming, "Planking is THE dumbest sh*t ever. Planking was a way to transport slaves on ships during the slave trade, its not funny. Educate yourselves."

The rapper adds, "Dont get it twisted. I care less where your dumb asses lay face down and take pictures of the sh*t, I'm just telling you where it came from."

It's all probably news to Katy Perry, Demi Moore, Rosario Dawson (above), Chris Brown, and Justin Bieber -- who have ALL posted pics of themselves online ... looking board.

So we gotta ask ...

UPDATE:  Xzibit just tweeted re: TMZ:  "Wow.  They are trying to make me the Al Sharpton of planking.  #news?"

UPDATE:  From TMZ:  Yes, Al, news.




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Hitler scratched his ass Stalin scratched his ass Mao scratched his ass Scratching your ass means that you are a murderous dictator.

Julai Julai

He is correct that they used this positioning during slave transport but it included the wrists being shackled to the waist and usually multiple layers. I've seen Wil E. Coyote and Tom from Tom and Jerry use this gag positioning in cartoons but I never heard anyone cry "RACISM" for those planksters. Just stop crippling yourself with these victimizations and get on with your lives people.

Anon Anon

Who cares if it's racist! People should care more about the fact that this is the dumbest thing in the recorded history of man!



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Hitler scratched his ass Stalin scratched his ass Mao scratched his ass Scratching your ass means that you are a murderous dictator.

Julai Julai

He is correct that they used this positioning during slave transport but it included the wrists being shackled to the waist and usually multiple layers. I've seen Wil E. Coyote and Tom from Tom and Jerry use this gag positioning in cartoons but I never heard anyone cry "RACISM" for those planksters. Just stop crippling yourself with these victimizations and get on with your lives people.

Anon Anon

Who cares if it's racist! People should care more about the fact that this is the dumbest thing in the recorded history of man!

Kathy Kathy

I am sure everything is offensive if we really research it. LIGHTEN UP!!!!

Bradd01 Bradd01

I guess sleeping on your stomach is racist too...

Jennyy Jennyy

Xzibit may be right about where the term came from so many years ago however, there are no racial motives for the people now doing it all over the world. The goofy activity called "planking" started in Europe. The impression I get is that the idea is to be able to do it it really unusual places.


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Vanessa    

Planking is stupid. It's not racist. Always an overly sensitive black guy claiming something innocent (in this case stupid) to be racist.

1100 days ago
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Wishes    

How ridiculous! Planking is NOT racist - I am so sick and tired of b l a c k s and the race card on EVERYTHING!! Planking has NOTHING to do with slavery - look it up on the internet. It is also called the "LYING DOWN GAME." It was founded in 1997, and is sort of a contest to see who can lie down (like a straight plank) in the strangest environment. Get a life, rapper dude!

1100 days ago
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Superman    

He's right that planking is dumb, but he's stupid for saying it has something to do with transporting slaves.

1100 days ago
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Bubbles The Chimp    

Harvey can't plank. When he lies down his body height from the ground up is the same height as when he stands. Very odd.

1100 days ago
20.

toad    

I get so tired of people of color calling "racist" on EVERYTHING! Ummm, do we have an award show specifically for white people? No. Do we have a white scholarship fund? No. Do we have all all white tv channel? No. Do white people cry foul every time a person of color speaks? No. Does a white person cry foul every time the award shows run, or the BET shows run? No. Get over yourself.

1100 days ago
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shellian    

A. He didn't say racist and B. Most people don't know that. People don't know where Halloween, Christmas, Valentines, etc. etc. etc. came from. Even the song for Mr. Softee ice cream. People don't care. They just have fun.

1100 days ago
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commonsense    

Oh okay Xzibit, you condem planking because it comes from racist roots but you still use the 'N' word in your music and speech, doesn't that come from racist roots?

1100 days ago
23.

Jake    

I call all my black friends planks.

1100 days ago
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raven    

Planking was out awhile ago. It made big headlines because
someone fell off a balcony and died.
TMZ...surprised u are so far behind this one.
Get the staff to look it up.
Duh.

1100 days ago
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Mike    

Don't know if planking is racist but without a doubt its stupid...just like anyone who does it.

1100 days ago
26.

ciom    

White people can't even remain silent and motionless without being accused by some moron as being racist. Next, white people will be accused of racist blinking...

1100 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

That may be how slaves were transported, but that doesn't mean this latest super silly craze was meant to emulate that. Is he saying we are emulating slaves anytime we lay face down? Get a grip dude.

1100 days ago
28.

croc    

I stretched out once.
straight out.
then I got up and went
outside to do yardwork
am i a racist too?

1100 days ago
29.

Criss    

So now laying down is racist?

1100 days ago
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tiff    

Oh for heavens sake. Slaves also ate, slept, and breathed on the slave ships. Is it racist to breath?

1100 days ago
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