After Rick Ross paid a huge amount when he was dropped by Reebok for his pro-rape lyrics and tweeted his apology. He recently issued a formal statement addressing the controversial song “U.O.E.N.O.”
Few weeks ago, Women’s rights group UltraViolet called for Reebok to oust Ross as its spokesman and they organized an online petition. They have collected around 100,000 signatures.
On Thursday, Reebok officially severed ties with Ross, in which a lot of Ross’ friends in the hip-hop community blasted the company.
Below is his statement on the controversial rape lyrics:
“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”)