Meek Mill, the rapper known for his pledge to fight for justice reform, took to social media early this morning (May 26) to criticise the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, a luxury resort casino, for his apparent mistreatment there. The incident is captured in a video taken by one of Mill’s friends, which was later posted to the rapper’s Instagram.
In the video, one of two security guards is heard saying: “At this time, with the information we have, we’re refusing to do business with you.” Meek Mill responds: “But not refusing to do business with me. You’re telling me I’ll be arrested if I don’t leave.”
Additional video shared byTMZ shows one of the security guards explicitly stating: “If you do not leave this premises immediately you will be subject to arrest for a misdemeanour.”
In the rest of the Instagram video, the security guards reiterate that they believe Meek Mill is trespassing, but don’t appear to give a clear reason for not allowing him on the casino’s property, where he was trying to attend a Mustard concert, Pitchfork reports.
Meek Mill’s comment accompanying the Instagram video certainly suggests a racial element to the exchange, though. “Cosmopolitan hotel/casino going to extreme racist levels to keep too many black entertainers and black people,” he writes.
“I’m like for what I’ve been once to a party with jayz ..... Some of these casinos have a bunch of Tatics (sic) to keep the level of blacks down .... but love to take our money!!!!”
It wouldn’t be the first time a high-profile rapper has had issues with alleged racial profiling at a casino, either. Late last year, Drake also called out the Parq Casino in Vancouver, claiming he’d been unfairly refused service.
Like Drake’s fans at the time, Meek Mill’s have swamped the Cosmopolitan’s social media with messages of solidarity for the rapper and protests against the apparently racist actions. The casino’s last Instagram post for example, is filled with such comments.
“Cancelled!!!!!!!!!!!!!” says one commenter. Another writes: “I will never step foot in your establishment again. My #blackdollar spend just as easily where it is wanted.”