CeeLo Green has issued an apology after he made controversial comments on female rappers earlier this week! As People reports, in Green's interview with Far Out magazine, which was published on Sunday, the singer seemed to call out the industry's reliance on sexual shock value.
Green says today's music is morally "disappointing"
Green questioned not only the musicality but also the morals of the music industry in his comments to Far Out magazine. "A lot of music today is very unfortunate and disappointing on a personal and moral level," he said in the interview.
"There was once a time when we were savvy enough to code certain things. We could express to those it was meant for with the style of language we used," Green explained. "But now music is shameless, it is sheer savagery."
Green calls out Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and Megan Thee Stallion
Green went on to further express his thoughts on the topic, name-checking several successful female rappers. He said that Nicki Minaj doesn't make the best use of her "success, visibility, [and] platform to influence," critiquing her for this. "Nicki could be effective in so many other constructive ways, but it feels desperate," Green said of her approach.
Minaj wasn't the only female artist in the rap game he called out. "Attention is also a drug and competition is around," Green continued. "Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, they are all more or less doing similar salacious gesturing to kinda get into position."
"I get it, the independent woman and being in control, the divine femininity and sexual expression. I get it all. ... It comes at what cost?" Green's comments towards Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion came after the duo's release of their chart-topping new single "WAP," which debuted on Friday.
Green takes to Instagram to clear up "misunderstanding"
Green found himself facing significant backlash after the comments he made circulated around the internet. That's why he made a statement on Instagram explaining that there was a "misunderstanding" about the context of his comments, saying that he's a "fan" of the artists in question. "I know most of them personally," Green said in his post, "and consider Cardi & Offset family."
"Therefore, I would never disrespect them by any means. I acknowledge them all as powerful, beautiful and influential women...and professionals," he continued. "I wholeheartedly apologize to each of them for the inconvenience they have been caused due to a snippet of my interview being used as a headline, and in turn creating controversy and disconnect between me and these ladies as well as their fans."
Green ended his post by expressing his support for other artists. "Know that I support everyone who is part of our community & culture. Always have and always will!" he said. "Much love to all of the female artists who are running the game and handling their business. With Love, Lo."
Green talks about artists as "accountability partners"
Green also talked about the idea that artists should hold each other responsible during his interview with Far Out magazine. "As adults and artists, we should at least attempt to be each other’s accountability partners in some regard," he explained.
Green then went on to say why accountability is so important within the industry. "The stereotypes that are celebrated and perpetuated, ultimately make the perception a reality," he shared. "It is disenfranchising and it has caused a great deal of problems."