In the wake of his lost endorsement deal with Reebok and continued outrage over his “date rape” lyrics, Rick Ross has released another apology.
This time, Ross actually takes full responsibility for his words , rather than blaming the listener for “misinterpreting” them.
“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.”
—William Roberts (a.k.a “Rick Ross”)
It’s ridiculous that it took this long to get a legitimate apology from Rick Ross’ camp.
But at least this apology acknowledges in no uncertain terms that his words were harmful and disturbing, and that as a prominent artist he must be mindful about the messages his music sends to young people.
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