- President Joe Biden mistakenly referred to rapper LL Cool J as a 'boy' and mispronounced his name at the Congressional Black Caucus event.
- The comment drew significant criticism on social media, with many highlighting the racial connotations of the term 'boy.'
- This incident is one of several recent gaffes by Biden, whose approval rating has dropped to 37%.
At the Congressional Black Caucus event, President Joe Biden faced backlash after mispronouncing legendary rapper LL Cool J's name and subsequently referring to him as a 'boy.' This took place during the annual ceremony in Washington DC, where LL Cool J and MC Lyte were honored with Phoenix Awards for their contributions to music.
Biden's comment, "By the way that boy - that man's got biceps bigger than my thighs," was quickly criticized on platforms like X (formerly Twitter). Many pointed out the racial undertones of the term 'boy,' especially when referring to a black man. Former Fox host Trish Regan was among the critics, emphasizing the word's association with slavery and its racist implications.
This mistake is the latest in a series of public missteps by the 80-year-old president. His approval rating has declined to 37%, which is 10 points below his 2020 Republican competitor, Donald Trump. The gaffe also follows other recent blunders, such as confusing the Congressional Black Caucus with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus during a speech.
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