Last week we told you about the drama between TLC and Rihanna. It seemed that during an Australian interview, TLC made some disparaging comments about Rihanna’s dress. And though we told you that T-Boz denied ever speaking about Rihanna specifically, the ladies wanted to clear the air and let the world know how their words were taken out of context, the reason they took that topless picture and how grown women in the industry and outside of it should be able to hash out their issues in conversation instead of petty name calling on Twitter.
Check out the highlights from their interview with these excerpts and then watch the full thing in the video below.
T-Boz: Someone asked a question. Have we seen Rihanna’s outfit and we said no because we’re over here touring and I didn’t know there was an award show and I didn’t know what she wore.
We never mentioned any artist’s name. And the unfortunate part is we were giving a positive message to little girls. We were saying that it’s cool if you don’t want to wear clothes. You can do what you want we don’t care. We were talking to the little girls who want to be on television or be singers, even like reality shows. You don’t have to feel forced. And they even took my comment, a spade is a spade out of context to get a good story. I was talking about television shows. And this every time we see “you,” you’re naked and then they put her picture up. C’mon man. How can I talk about something I didn’t even see or care about.
Chilli: When we’re talking about people not wearing clothes or being maked or whatever that’s a whole lot of people. And I said this, if that’s their thing and they feel comfortable doing that then whatever, that works for them but you don’t have to go that route if you don’t want to. We don’t want people to think that that’s what you have to do.
T-Boz I’ve worked in the studio with a lot of young girls and they’ll go ‘oh the label is telling me to take off my clothes and I don’t feel comfortable.’ Well if you don’t feel comfortable, don’t do it.
Chilli: What is not cool is if we have a problem with an artist or if an artist has a problem with us, come to us directly. Talk to us. Don’t start a Twitter war and all that kind of stuff. That’s silly.
About that topless picture
T-Boz The one picture in 22 years of our whole career. The one picture and it was for breast cancer awareness. That’s why we did it.
Chilli: For us if we do something like that, there is a reason behind it. It’s not just because we just feel so comfortable and this is what we’re doing and it’s just for nothing or to get attention.
Be a woman about yours
T-Boz: Can I just lastly say this whole conversation had nothing to do with her anyway. It was never about her at all, none whatsoever.The thing that is saddening to me about our youth today, is that when you think you’re riding for an artist and you start threatening lives and threatening our kids man c’mon man, y’all taking it too far. Don’t nobody care. And we never backtracked on what we said, if we said it, we’ll say we said it. I don’t have a problem. Ain’t nobody gone spank us. So how I’m going to get in trouble? What’s going to happen? Nothing? Ok so exactly. So if you have a problem and you’re in this business holler at us. We’re grown women.
Chilli: We’re women and we can conversate like that if you have an issue.
Initially, I was saying that TLC appeared a little hypocritical for posing topless and then throwing daggers at Rihanna but this interview clears it up for me. They made the right statement telling little girls they don’t have to strip to make it in this industry but can if they so choose. It’s sad that the news outlet intentionally chopped and screwed their comments trying to make them appear to be instigators. The most valid point to me though was the fact that Rihanna should have been able to come to them instead of jumping on Twitter with twisted facial expressions and calling people thots etc. Clearly, she was going off of the same information we all received but it was fake and a call to TLC or their rep would have cleared all of that up pretty quickly. But we all know Rih Rih and her Navy are infamously known for taking it too far.
You can watch TLC’s full interview in the video below and tell us what you think.