Nelly Speaks at Site of Ferguson Unrest, Many in Crowd Unimpressed

Categories: Michael Brown

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Screenshot from video embedded below.
St. Louis rapper Nelly made his way to Ferguson this week, arriving on Monday evening to address the crowds gathered there in protest of the August 9 shooting of Mike Brown. As he spoke, some members of the throng expressed outrage that he had not arrived on the scene sooner. When Nelly spoke of the protesters considering "other options," one member of the crowd expressed frustration. "You have options! You're rich!" It was one criticism out of many that would be lobbed that evening.

See also: Our full coverage on Mike Brown's case and the unrest in Ferguson

Here are some tweets from the scene when Nelly first arrived.

Nelly then grabbed a bullhorn and addressed the assembly.

But some in the crowd were unhappy with how long it had taken Nelly to come down and weigh in on the issue, and they took offense....

Continue to page two for protesters' reactions.


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Carlynn Brown Hudspeth
Carlynn Brown Hudspeth

And besides the entertainers why aren't u all asking what about the cards, blues and rams. What are they thinking and doing? Nelly can only do so much and he has done plenty for STL don't get mad bc he not reacting like you would expect him too, he is not the only famous person from STL, some still haven't mad an appearance to their beloved city

Vivian Brotherton
Vivian Brotherton

There's no pleasing people. He didn't have to come at all. He was trying to be a good influence and he was disrespected. What should he have done? And why are the protesters asking him to have a plan for them? He was here to support the effort. It's the protesters responsibility to have a plan. He doesn't live here anymore.

Travis Hughes
Travis Hughes

His 15 minutes of fame faded years ago. He's nobody now

Sam Wise
Sam Wise

folks going to hate when somebody makes it.

Mike Brown
Mike Brown

Hey Bitch.... You have my name on your shirt! Im suing your ass!!

Tyrone Austin
Tyrone Austin

Over $150,000,000 in lawsuits over Mike Brown, My Question is . How much will any of these people involved are willing to Make World Business History with a just a portion of the funds and reduce Gas so Job growth can star in Black communities. ??? Google The Hydrogen Car Fender Insert program that reduced gas to below $1.99gl and lower. This is a $3BILLION A MONTH PROGRAM. Just don't give it all back to the MAN.

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

Not all celebrities needed a voice there. Truthfully I wouldn't have gone at all. Iyanla's community discussion had more of an affect than anybody I've seen there yet.

Candace Cabrera Thompson
Candace Cabrera Thompson

Nothing is good enough for some people in #ferguson. Not even a black celebrity coming back home to show his concerns. Tired of the BS it's all out of hand and I'm honestly over the protesters in #ferguson ! Go to work! I'm ready for a real civilized justice to prevail on both side as I support the police and mike brown.

Dannielle Gillam
Dannielle Gillam

Nothing like trying to get publicity out of a tragic event. Good job loser

Kevin Spaeth
Kevin Spaeth

Says the person that can't spell Young Money haha!

Hannah Ham
Hannah Ham

In other news, it's 2014. 2pac shall be returning in September. Machiavelli!

Micheal Cochran
Micheal Cochran

How about you guys criticize the Rams players blues players cards players

Sean Bahr
Sean Bahr

All above comments made by people who have done 0 with their own lives, and hate someone who has. @tarabroadway Yah you'd prolly turn Dow that Cheerios ad money too huh, too many bentleys in the garage as it is right?

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

Sick and tired of st. Louis being known for thug criminals and shitty rappers St. Louis is getting as bad as chicago,L.A , Detroit. Another civil rights leader needs to have a dream!!

James Failor
James Failor

What a bunch of haters no wonder the world is the way it is

Mike McClanahan
Mike McClanahan

Is he still a thing nowadays? I only see his scam school commercials from time to time.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

hey, everyone! the guy that does cereal commercials and has a song that goes "so let's take off all our clothes" has something to say!

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

Nelly sucks balls. His music subks as well. He is a hood piece of shit and so are the people that listen to his garbage.

Kimberly House
Kimberly House

Wow, you just missed a joke implying how irrelevant Nelly is, while simultaneously representing St. Louis, and demonstrating your racism. That kind of ignorance takes talent; so congrats!

Jennifer Newell
Jennifer Newell

He couldn't win. If he made an appearance sooner, he would've been accused of taking the spotlight. If he waited, he was too late. If he donated money, he would've bought his way out of doing something more concrete. He did what he thought was right, and some will just never be satisfied.

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

Its not a thing hes a local rapper here st.louis why is there so many idiots who are foreign or arent from st.louis on here

Roland Renaud
Roland Renaud

I have a herniated disc and scoliosis. I go to work everyday.

Donny Cox
Donny Cox

Dereko Pud f*ck off!! I am speaking about the poor and people who can't work due to back pain and or other issues, Dereko do u think at all??

Ryan Horner
Ryan Horner

Believe it or not, lots of poor people work their asses off

Mark Sullivan
Mark Sullivan

Having Money will also allow you to donate, and feed some of that money into the community.

Rebecca Morgan
Rebecca Morgan

He decided not to be a thief and go to school and be somebody and not blame the white people!! Way to go nelly your a real classy man.

Derek Spuds
Derek Spuds

Lol, that protester should ask Nelly HOW he got rich. By getting off his ass, not making excuses about how other people keep him from being rich, following his dreams, and working his ass off to be successful.

Donny Cox
Donny Cox

Money has alot to do with it!! When your poor you live the best way u can to servive!! Your rich with ALOT of money you will never worry where your next meal comes from or worry about paying your rent or going homeless!!

Mark Tubbesing
Mark Tubbesing

Duh!! Options like go home! What does money have to do with anything???

Troy Woods
Troy Woods

Another NWO member, there for appearance sake.

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