I guess losing an endorsement deal was the catalyst for issuing a real apology and statement over the problems Rick Ross‘ rape lyrics have caused.
This is not the first time he addressed his lyrics. He said in an interview that what he originally said in the rapper Rocko’s song, “U.O.E.N.O.” wasn’t about rape, and then he went on to say he apologized to anyone who misinterpreted it as such. Sir, that is not an apology!
He got dropped from the song, as well as dropped from Reebok all yesterday. It’s no surprise that he had to issue an official statement to make peace.
“Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets. As an artist, one of the most liberating things is being able to paint pictures with my words. But with that comes a great responsibility. And most recently, my choice of words was not only offensive, it does not reflect my true heart. And for this, I apologize.
To every woman that has felt the sting of abuse, I apologize. I recognize that as an artist I have a voice and with that, the power of influence. To the young men who listen to my music, please know that using a substance to rob a woman of her right to make a choice is not only a crime, it’s wrong and I do not encourage it. To my fans, I also apologize if I have disappointed you. I can only hope that this sparks a healthy dialogue and that I can contribute to it.”
This is most certainly a real apology, and I’m glad he took all aspects from how women who have been sexually assaulted to men who are influenced by his music into consideration. I, personally, just think it’s sad that it had to come AFTER he lost his endorsement, and he didn’t understand the issue in the first place.
What do you think of his statement?
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