TLC’s T-Boz and Chilli are in the process of preparing for the release of their KickStarter album, but they may have lost a few fans in the process because of recent comments made by Chilli.
During an interview with the United Kingdom’s Channel 4, Chilli was asked a question about the Black Lives Matter movement and her involvement.
“I personally didn’t go to any marches, or anything like that, but for me, all lives matter, you know what I mean?” Chilli said. “Because there is a time when different groups are targeted for different things, you know what I’m saying?
“So, I just think that just the whole—what happened, police brutality, against these young black boys, all of that kind of stuff is wrong, even if it was a Caucasian teen kid that this was happening to or whatever.”
Needless to say, many people thought that she would have been better off sticking to the rivers and the lakes that she’s used to and staying away from social commentary.
But the singer is now backtracking on her comments, clarifying her stance in a statement to the Shade Room.
“Of course black lives matter, and the killing of young black boys is heartbreaking to all of us,” Chilli stated. “Everyone knows I am a black mother of a black son, so there is no way I could watch what’s happening and not be affected. That video was from an interview in London asking me about issues happening in the U.S. My response was inclusive of everyone, but not meant to undervalue the Black Lives Matter movement or to suggest police brutality against blacks is acceptable.”
In the words of my grandmother, “You said what you meant, and you meant what you said.” Don’t try to backtrack after getting canceled by fans.