Daniel Caesar Apologizes For His “Delivery,” But Continues to Stand By His Controversial Comments
The fallout from singer Daniel Caesar’s recent controversial comments calling black people out for being “mean” to white people, is still continuing even as he is now attempting to apologize…sort of.
Last week, social media erupted into relative frenzy when Canadian R&B artist Daniel Caesar vented on social media about racism, placing all of the blame on black people for constantly being “mean” to whites, while also stating that black people “being the victim doesn’t get you paid.”
In the initial video, Caesar said:
“Why are we being so mean to Julz? Why are we being so mean to White people right now? That’s a serious question. Why is it that we are allowed to be disrespectful and rude to everybody else, and when anybody returns any type of energy to us… that’s not a quality. I don’t want to be treated like I can’t take a joke.”
“White people have been mean to us in the past. What are you gonna do about that? There’s no answer except creating an understanding and keeping it moving. That’s some biblical s***. You have to bridge the gap.
Being a victim doesn’t get you paid. And I just want all of us to get paid. So tell me to shut up, I believe in what I’m saying. And I’m drunk as f*** and people are freaking out right now but I’m gonna say what I say.”
The backlash was harsh and immediate and while many expected Caesar to quickly issue an apology, he didn’t. Instead he doubled down on his initial comments, stating that “I’ve never thought more highly of myself.”
Caesar continued his initial opinion:
“Y’all want me to hate myself so bad that’s why you keep telling me how ugly and stupid I am but tbh I’ve never thought more highly of myself lmao. But I’m coming to understand this is a losing battle not worth fighting, also I can’t be 100% sure but I feel like 60% of you are bots cuz I be seeing some of the dumbest s*** said on here. So I’m gunna shut up from on but I DO NOT APOLOGIZE. Cuz you guys didn’t convince me. Screenshot these tweets cuz my publicist is gunna make me delete soon and she’s a strong black woman so I’m gunna listen to her tbh”
Following this, he reportedly had a conversation with activist Deray McKesson, who explained that while Caesar’s comments were hurtful, he’s not a bad guy, but he’s “learning.” Perhaps that conversation is what propelled Caesar to apologize…a little. He recently said the he apologizes for how he delivered his message, but he still stands by everything he said previously.
Over the weekend, Caesar posted a new video, making his stance clear. He states,
“I had a lot of time to , like think about all the s**t from the last couple of days and um, I just gotta tell you guys that although my sentiment was love, I can understand that I didn’t express that sentiment in a loving manner. So, I was contradicting myself, you know? And uh, I really care about being right so much, you know? That’s like, I obsess over it. It’s like the most important thing. When I said what I said, it was coming from a place of ego, you know? I’m dealing with my ego a lot right now.”
He continued, adding:
“I saw a white woman operating in a space dominated by black people and I just felt like she was being bullied, you know what I’m saying? And I’m an easy target, I get bullied all the time. And so because of that, and me being right is so important, I expressed myself in a very pretentious, I was talking down to you guys. I apologize for how I expressed my idea, ‘cause that is where I went wrong. I believe in what I said.”
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