“[Jermaine Dupri] hit me like, ‘WHAT. THE. FUCK. ARE. YOU. DOING?!’ And I said ‘Yo, just be cool, I got this. There’s a method to my madness. Be cool. Be calm, I never actually said I was on the plane’ …
“Once America got a hold of it I said, ‘OK.’ I said, ‘Damn we got a show coming. This is probably gonna be the newest hot show on WE tv. F%@k it, I’m runnin’ with it. We gonna ride this wave, we gonna spin this thing around.’ And for me and my homies, we joke all the time. Like, we be at the studio, we be at the bar, and it’s no cut. What I mean by that is there’s no-holds-barred when we crack jokes. So for me, I think what a lot of people don’t understand is, by me being in the game since five, I’m pretty much bulletproof to it all. I’ve heard it all. I’ve heard the naysayers … So for me it’s like just kick back and be like, ‘OK, world, pay attention to me.’ It’s the right time. We got May 25th right around the corner. That’s called P.R. Let’s go ahead and ride this thing out. That’s just how I am. I’m a high-spirited person. I never really get down. If I get outta line sometimes, and they wanna go in [on me], I let ‘em go in. I laugh at it. We kick back, we smoke, we chill. Sometimes we need that laughter. Laughter—that’s happiness, you know what I’m sayin’? So for me, I never trip. And I never said I was on that plane. But I guess I’m just gonna hop on JD’s jet and call it a day.”
— Bow Wow puts a unique spin on his social media gaffe that implied he was traveling via private jet to New York, on May 9th, when he really was flying commercial. The blunder, which was quickly discovered by a keen-eyed passenger on Bow Wow’s flight, initiated the #BowWowChallenge, in which participants show how easy it is to lie on social media.
For example, a participant may post an image of a luxury car, like a Rolls-Royce Ghost, implying that they own the vehicle. Then in another photo, they demonstrate how the Ghost was placed at just the right angle to look real but in actuality is a toy car. In Bow Wow’s case, he lifted the image of the private jet and luxury cars from a luxury travel company’s website.
Speaking at the premiere of his new reality show, Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta, on May 17th in New York, Bow Wow explained away the entire fiasco and embarrassment by saying, “I never said I was on that plane.” We guess the rapper-turned-reality-TV-executive-producer-and-star never heard the saying that perceptions are reality, not the intention.
Anyway, Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta will premiere on WE tv Thursday, May 25th, at 10 p.m. Will you watch?