Rapper defiantly stares at eclipse, cancels Toronto show
The rapper Joey Bada$$ cancelled three shows starting Wednesday as he complained about his vision. (© Iconix Brand Group)
For a rapper whose debut single was called "Unorthodox," Joey Bada$$ isn't one to accept conventional wisdom. Defying widespread warnings, he proudly stared at the solar eclipse without protection.
It didn't turn out to be a great idea. The rapper cancelled three shows starting Wednesday as he complained about his vision.
Am I crazy for watching the eclipse today w no glasses? I've sungazed before and afterwards saw colors for a whole day. I didn't die tho— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) August 21, 2017
This ain't the first solar eclipse and I'm pretty sure our ancestors ain't have no fancy eyewear. Also pretty sure they ain't all go blind.— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) August 21, 2017
Due to unforeseen circumstances, my Cleveland, Chicago & Toronto shows on the #EverybodyTour are cancelled.— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) August 22, 2017
The 22-year-old Brooklyn rapper on Monday shared on social media that he was gazing into the sky without special glasses as the United States witnessed its first coast-to-coast total eclipse in nearly a century.
"This ain't the first solar eclipse and I'm pretty sure our ancestors ain't have no fancy eyewear. Also pretty sure they ain't all go blind," he tweeted.
But he also said that he was seeing in different colors. He said his three shows -- in Cleveland, Chicago and Toronto -- were canceled due to "unforeseen circumstances" and hinted that his vision was to blame.
"Seeing double, stacking triple," he tweeted Wednesday, using hip-hop slang for cashing in.
Seeing double, stacking triple.— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) August 23, 2017
The rapper -- whose latest album, "All-Amerikkkan Bada$$," tackles racism, mass incarceration and other issues facing the United States -- had unlikely company in his defiance at staring at the eclipse.
U.S. President Donald Trump also looked into the sky without protection as cameras were on him, but only briefly. He has not reported any vision issues since.