Earlier we wrote about how Rick Ross had been tossed to the side by Reebok as their spokesperson when they found the lyric about rape to be disrespectful and condoning rape.
Trying to clean up the mess that he stepped into, Ross has issued a statement, once again apologizing for his use of rape his line in, “U.O.E.N.O.” and owning up to the “mistake” that has become a major backlash against him.
“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”)
While this isn’t the first time that he has apologized for “unintentionally” condoning rape, it’s a lot better than his slight apologies like the one he did two weeks ago and New Orleans radio station, Q93.3 or on his Twitter where he just said that he doesn’t condone rape.