Daniel Caesar has issued an apology (of sorts) about his anti-Black remarks that led to backlash from Black Twitter and his ultimate "cancellation."
During a drunken rant, Caesar said:
“Why are we being so mean to Julz? Why are we being so mean to white people right now? That’s a serious question. Why is it that we are allowed to be disrespectful and rude to everybody else, and when anybody returns any type of energy to us… that’s not a quality. I don’t want to be treated like I can’t take a joke.
“White people have been mean to us in the past. What are you gonna do about that? There’s no answer except creating an understanding and keeping it moving. That’s some biblical sh*t. You have to bridge the gap," he said. But fans accused him of caping for YesJulz, who they feel exploits Black culture and constantly disrespects Black women.
After doubling down in his statements amid the backlash last week, it appears that he's managed to squeeze out a halfway decent apology, apologizing for the delivery only - not for the message.
“I had a lot of time to, like think about all the sh*t from the last couple of days and um, I just gotta tell you guys that although my sentiment was love, I can understand that I didn’t express that sentiment in a loving manner. So, I was contradicting myself, you know? And uh, I really care about being right so much, you know? That’s like, I obsess over it. It’s like the most important thing. When I said what I said, it was coming from a place of ego, you know? I’m dealing with my ego a lot right now.”
“I saw a white woman operating in a space dominated by Black people and I just felt like she was being bullied, you know what I’m saying? And I’m an easy target, I get bullied all the time. And so because of that, and me being right is so important, I expressed myself in a very pretentious, I was talking down to you guys. I apologize for how I expressed my idea, ‘cause that is where I went wrong. I believe in what I said.”
Watch his "apology" below.
Is he forgiven?