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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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Rhubino    

Am I still allowed to whip cream, or beat eggs?

1140 days ago
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Deb    

Didn't planking come from the "plank' move from either yoga or Pilates??

1140 days ago
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Christa     

Yeah it seems harmless to people that dont know the history behind it smh "get over it" wow people have the nerve, watch the next hip trend will be tying nooses around our necks

1140 days ago
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Kristy    

If I like a vanilla Frosty over the chocolate or white chocolate over milk or dark chocolate....does that make me racist....OMG people - GET A LIFE!!!!!

1140 days ago
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IAMYOURDADDY    

so true dude...can i get a dollar each time he said the n-word?

1140 days ago
81.

Inki    

If the picture's any example, sitting is racist too

1140 days ago
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justsaying23    

sweetdee88 14 minutes ago proof most americans don't exercise; planking has been an ab exercise for as long as i can remember. google it! it only been in the last couple years that i've heard of euro trash doing it for a laugh; i've never seen anything so stupid


Actually this isn't the planking everyone is talking about. The exercise plank you aren't completely laying down with your nose touching the surface and your arms at your side. The exercise plank you are holding your body up with everything in line causing you to tighten your abs and back muscles.

The planking discussed in this tread is for fun...and really only funny when people you know do it...otherwise it is pretty stupid. But I'm sure it has no racist intent.

And to the idiots pointing out black history month and BET and stuff like that...the reason there isn't a "white history month" or a white only channel is that white people had a monopoly on all that stuff...everything WAS WHITE and for the most part still is...The Grammy's used to be all white not that long ago...and for the record Justin Bieber has been nominated for a BET Award in the past. Funny how white people get really racist when accusing a black man of being racist. Ya'll should all sit in a room together!!!!

(BTW...I'm white)

1140 days ago
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obama'saracist    

only a raving white phobic racist would call this act a racist act where is the naacp now

1140 days ago
84.

truth hurts    

He can think whatever he wants...it doesn't bother me, but I will agree that planking is F'ing stupid and I think each celebrity that does it should stop drinking the kool aid!

1140 days ago
85.

justsaying    

Of course it isn't racist to whites. THEY'RE WHITE!!

1140 days ago
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Bubbles The Chimp    

Hmm... So what would Xzibit call each African kingdom ruler who sold slaves to the Europeans... 'Just Pimpin''?

They were black and selling slaves for profit.

Does this fool really know anything about Slavery?

1140 days ago
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Bobby C    

x bits? who is that?

1140 days ago
88.

Deanna    

Plank is a thick slab of wood... Since Pirates walked the plank, is this offensive to them as well? Geez, I am so tired of everything being racist. Lighten up and enjoy life.

1140 days ago
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MoonDust    

IS Rev. Al Sharpton gonna demand an apology from everyone who's been "planking" lol. Is TMZ not gonna demand an apology or instigate the situation like the instigate anything "gay related", egging reaction from GLAAD?

1140 days ago
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Jimmy    

Hey Exhibit, or whatever your name is.........
Get a life buddy.

1140 days ago
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