Many fans were excited to hear they would be given a chance to be among those honoring slain Migos rapper Takeoff at his celebration of life. Plans for the service were announced to be held at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on November 11th, with free tickets offered to 20,000 attendees. However, there were specific requests from Takeoff’s family members to which they asked fans to adhere.
For one, the family asked that donations be made to The Rocket Foundation, established in Takeoff’s honor with an initiative to fight gun violence. In addition, there was said to be a strict policy of no phones allowed in the arena to combat photos and video being released publicly. However, there were still those who seemingly entered the arena with their phones and uploaded clips to social media.
Soon enough, videos of Chloe Bailey’s performance of Beyonce’s “Heaven” began circulating on social media. Also, visuals of emotional speeches led by Migos members Offset and Quavo were uploaded to various accounts, which swiftly went viral. Some shared moments from rapper Drake’s eulogy as well. In addition, a photo was shared that showed Offset weeping while he emotionally stands over Takeoff’s casket.
While some are perhaps thankful for tidbits of the program being shared, many felt it was blatant disrespect as it went against the family’s wishes. Reality star and singer Jessie Woo shared her thoughts on the manner on social media, stating that some fans have “no respect. Anything for engagement,” she wrote. Social media personality Lira Mercer also questioned if those fans were “ok” after their blatant disregard for the family’s wishes. City Girls rapper Yung Miami chimed in by sharing, “Ppl are sick and will do anything to be the 1st to report a story.” She followed it up with a vomit emoji.
Other fans also mirrored the same sentiments on social media, speaking out against the behavior. Some uttered their wishes that the family would find and sue everyone who released unsolicited videos and photos. In contrast, others simply wished the family comfort during this trying time.