Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be taking hits for reading issues on social media, but Marc Lamont Hill isn’t among those making fun of the boxing champ. Hill, a professor/media personality who often comments on social, racial and cultural issues via his various media platforms including Twitter, doesn’t think shaming Mayweather is funny.
“I don’t see any humor in mocking Floyd Mayweather on this reading stuff. It feels cruel and out-of-bounds..,” Hill tweeted Friday. “Also, as @bomani_jones said earlier, you may find that some of the people laughing with you may make you uncomfortable. First of all, y’all don’t know if Floyd can read or not. Struggling to read a ‘drop’ out loud doesn’t mean you’re illiterate… Plenty of people can read just fine but have “fluency” issues that would make reading a teleprompter or script difficult. Also, the public shaming of literacy is why people DON’T get help for reading…”
Hill’s comments come days after 50 Cent put Mayweather on with Instagram videos that challenged the boxer to read live on The Jimmy Kimmel Show with a vow by 50 to donate $750,000 to charity if Mayweather could successfully read a page from a “Harry Potter” book or the classic children’s story The Cat In The Hat out loud.
Recently, as we reported, The Breakfast Club fanned the flames of the situation by airing an old audio clip of Mayweather attempting to read a drop for ShowYourStripes.org. Despite Charlamagne taking 10 seconds to read the script live on air, in the audio it took Mayweather multiple tries to complete the task.