“My Mother Taught Me Better Than This” Tyrese Apologizes For His Misogynistic Comments

April 17, 2017  |  

Tyrese Misogynistic Comments

If we were to make a list of all of the misogynistic things Tyrese has said, tweeted or posted in the past few years, it would take a while. Before social media and the reemergence of TGT, he was just a singer who occasionally did a little acting. But once he discovered this new platform, he fashioned himself a relationship expert. And as Black men often do, all of his advice was directed toward women. And we can assume that because so much of his following is Black women, there’s no other conclusion to make than that he was speaking to us.

His comments have gone largely unchecked, aside from the disparaging articles we’ve published. But last week, when BET released a video of singer/actor speaking about hoes, sluts, skeezers, the internet responded with righteous ire. The backlash was so strong that perhaps Tyrese finally got the message. And in response, he issued a lenghty apology on his Instagram page.

My mother taught me better than this….. lesson learned in life you will learn that It's not always "what" you say, it's the "how" we choose to say it. For the record I'm far from a misogynist, a male chauvinist or flat out mean….. My intentions were there but my delivery fucking horrible…. And clearly all the way off…. And for that I sincerely apologize to all of the ladies… Even after this apology…. Some may likely decide to NOT forgive me…. Time and consistency heals all wounds…. Although I've been consistently for years speaking on these topics and some of the same words in my message, I have never experienced what I am experiencing right now. – I've been getting dragged and feel the heat from my poor choice of words and approach to my messages, trust me….. Please accept this as my sincere apology for my poor choice of words – Shit gets real when it goes from a social media dragging to my own wife giving me the side eye and coming at me, even she's not happy with the way I've conducted myself…. it's crazy how non-public figures can say and do some really dumb shit and it will stay amongst your family and friends or local in your hood…. When you have been an entertainer for 15+ years the whole WORLD is literally watching you grow up & learn, bump your head, make mistakes and evolve as the world watches…. This is a real lesson learned… This is not just a regular IG post for me. I want to truly say that I'm sorry, I'm not APOLOGIZING in an effort to be politically correct, I apologize as a man first for the things that I've recently said about choices women have the right to make, for the terms that I've used and the way I've come across. I was raised to think and feel certain ways, and I'm learning new things that combat those messages. I am not perfect or all knowing, nor am I the one to claim to be. I've learned things through experience which I share, and through these last couple of weeks, I've learned a lot through this well deserved internet dragging…… This is about a man owning up to his actions, taking responsibility, recognizing how to do better, and actually doing better. Ladies you deserve better…

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I have to admit, I started reading this apology with the assumption that it was going to be some bullsh*t. But even I have to admit that it seemed both well thought out and sincere. Still, I’m no fool. I’ll regard these words with caution and wait for Black Ty to show and prove.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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