By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
R&B singer Miguel has had an eventful couple of weeks. Not only will his leg dropping of a fan during his Billboard Music Awards performance most likely result in a lawsuit, but his recent performance of “#Beautiful” with Mariah Carey was panned by critics and a lot of people on the social media sites, causing what we believe is the frustration that led to his Twitter rant in which he called out black people. In the rant, Miguel made the claim that “black people are the most judgmental people in the world,” and of course it didn’t sit well with a lot of his fans. While there are plenty of people who do agree with Miguel’s opinion, there’s a lot of people who are demanding the singer issues an apology. Welp, those people might want to stop holding their breath because Miguel made it clear in his recent interview on the BBC’s 1 Xtra show that he is standing by his comments. He says:
“What is clear is when you put it all in context is that I’m saying that we are judgmental of our own. We’re very judgmental of each other. We’re tearing each other down, and that’s why the second tweet about us being preprogrammed and preconditioned to hate each other and hate ourselves is valid. And that’s the context. If you take it out of context, I seem like I’m uneducated.
“I see it. It doesn’t even have to pertain to me. I could be on a blog about some other urban act doing something and I’ll be honest with you, most people have to acknowledge this, I see more black people tearing each other down than I see any other culture regardless of what they’re doing. And whether or not you agree with that, thats okay. I’m just talking about what I see, and how disappointed I am in that. I’m not judging my own people. That’s a fallacy. I’m merely speaking what I see and making a conversation of it. It’s so easy to hide behind your influence and use it for personal gain and it really takes a bit of a backbone to speak your mind on the issues that really bother you and that was the intention.
“The interesting thing is it’s being covered in a way that makes it very negative, when in reality it’s a very…it’s not a judgment statement in context. If anyone out there doesn’t like me for that I can respect that, but you can always know I’ll be the artist and the man who will stand by his opinion, express his opinion, and be open and honest to people when they seek me out.”
Check out the interview below: