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Irv Gotti Breaks Down 'Tales' Lynching Scene With Brody Jenner

The producer decided to take "reverse racism" up several notches in the premiere episode of the hip hop anthology series. 

The premiere episode of  Irv Gotti's Tales Tuesday (June 27) brought a lot of conversations to living rooms across the country with the topic of reverse racism. The hip hop anthology series, which opened up with a retelling of NWA's "F**k Tha Police," took things up a notch by swapping racial roles and stereotypes. While the episode was focused on the killing of an unarmed white man by black cops, the episode's ending has left people talking.

During the riot scene with Troy (played by Chet Hanks) two reenactments fly across the screen. One is the 1991 beating of the late Rodney King and the other, a lynching. Continuing the theme of  reverse racism, both actors are white. Noticeably, Brody Jenner (former reality star and the son of Caitlyn Jenner) is seen hanging from the tree.

Gotti hopped on Instagram to break down the scene and questioned Hollywood's role in depicting people of color.  "I put it in the ending riot scene at the end with D'Angelo's "How Does It Feel" playing because I wanted to show in reverse," he said with a collage of the lynching. "What Hollywood always shows black people reminds us of the fact that our ancestors hung from a tree, so it goes with the whole race reversal vibe of the episode. Who did I call to get hung? MY F***ING BROTHER @brodyjenner who was totally down for what I was trying do and the message I was trying to get across."

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I wanted to explain this scene. 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. 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. 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. So maybe seeing it done to White People. In this FICTIONALIZE piece. And seeing these things done to them. Maybe people will have a lil more compassion when 12 year old Tamir Rice gets gunned down. Or Philando Castillo gets killed for nothing. Or Alton Sterling and Eric Gardner. Trayvon Martin. The list is too long and needs to stop. So I thank Brody Jenner. And my brother @paul_smenus NICK CASSAVETE. Who portrayed Rodney King. I hope everyone got the message. I really want everyone to get emotional about what they seen. And remember. None of the actors got killed in this fictionalized piece. But I can continue to name the black people that are really dead. I believe in this world we in. I believe the cool people outweighs the racist motherfuckers. So that is what I tried to do. Hope you guys get it. #talesonbet #tidal #visionaryideas #hiphopculturedtv

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The closing scene shows military arsenal finding its way to the streets with the end credits listing the victims of police brutality. Gotti continues to speak on the topic and what he hopes viewers learned from the episode. "[It] doesn't matter if someone is black, white, [Hispanic,] Indian, Asian. What's wrong is wrong and these cops need to get PUNISHED for killing innocent people. So maybe seeing it done to white people in this FICTIONALIZE piece and seeing these things done to them. Maybe people will have a little more compassion when 12-year-old Tamir Rice gets gunned down. Or Philando Castillo gets killed for nothing. Or Alton Sterling and Eric Gardner. Trayvon Martin. The list is too long and needs to stop."

Jenner hasn't commented on his cameo of sorts but fans have commended him for the role. The next episode of Tales will take on Notorious B.I.G.'s "I Got A Story To Tell" with Woody McClain, Jennifer Freeman and Elise Neal. This time, the episode will be told from Atlanta with references to Instagram models and the NBA social world.

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— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) January 20, 2019

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