Murder Inc. CEO Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo
premiered his new BET show TALES
Tuesday night (June 27) and at the end of the first episode of the anthology series, Brody Jenner — son of Caitlyn Jenner and star of MTV’s The Hills
— is hanged.
Set to D’Angelo’s
“How Does It Feel,” Jenner is seen swinging from a tree with a noose around his neck. The brutal images are meant to not only shock people, but also to wake them up. The episode’s theme was based on N.W.A’s “Fuck Tha Police”
lyrics and police brutality, but Gotti wanted to illustrate “wrong is wrong” no matter what color, creed or origin.
Gotti took to Instagram to shed some light on his intentions.
“I put it in the ending Riot scene at the end with D’Angelo ‘How Does It Feel’ playing. Because I wanted to show in reverse. What Hollywood always shows Black People,” Gotti captioned the photo. “Reminds us of the fact that our ancestors Hung from a Tree. So it goes with the whole Race Reversal Vibe of the episode.”
“And who did I call to get hung. MY FUCKING BROTHER. @brodyjenner who was totally down for what I was trying do,” he continued. “And the message I was trying to get across. Which by the way. Is a message that what’s wrong is wrong. Doesn’t matter if someone is Black. White. Spanish. Indian. Asian. What’s wrong is wrong. And these cops need to get PUNISHED. For killing innocent people.”
In a brief video clip from TMZ,
he further explained his reason for the unsettling imagery.
“When you see these horrifying things happen, I want people to step back and I want them to be horrified, and I want them to be shocked,” he said. “Then if you are, maybe understand this is how black people are living and maybe let’s — all the cool people of the world — try and change it.”