Poor PR inspired a triple-down on transgenderism “from the horse’s mouth” after a misconstrued apology branded one entertainer a “coward.”
In a turnabout that wasn’t, Grammy-winning R&B singer Ne-Yo, real name Shaffer Chimere Smith, appeared to have had enough Monday of his position getting parsed. As a result, he took to Instagram to speak directly to the public and quiet detractors on either side of the argument without concern for the potential of getting “canceled for this.”
“Listen, I normally don’t give too much of a damn about what y’all think about what I do, what you have to say about what I say, whatever,” the performer began. “I normally don’t care because, like I said, opinions ain’t special. Everybody got one. However, this is something I feel very strongly on, and I need y’all to hear this from the horse’s mouth, not the publicist’s computer.”
View this post on Instagram
“First and foremost, I did not apologize for having an opinion on this matter,” asserted the artist. “I am a 43-year-old heterosexual man raising five boys and two girls, okay? That’s my reality. If my opinion offended somebody, yeah, sure, I apologize for you being offended because that wasn’t my intention. My intention is never to offend anybody.”
As previously reported, following an interview with podcast host Gloria Velez where Ne-Yo had made the case that it wasn’t a good idea to let kids “make a life-changing decision” for themselves and somewhere along the line, “Parents have almost forgotten what the role of a parent is,” he had supported his view with a comment that read in part, “I’m not asking anybody to agree with me nor am I telling you what you can and cannot do with your children.”
“Why should I care if my opinion upsets you when you don’t care if yours upsets anyone? Opinions aren’t special,” he had declared.
By Sunday, amidst support from conservatives and outcry from leftists, a statement was posted to the singer’s social media page expressing his “deepest apologies to anyone that I may have hurt with my comments on parenting and gender identity.”
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) August 7, 2023
As Ne-Yo clarified in his video post, what the seemingly publicist-penned apology didn’t do was alter his stated opinion in any way.
“However, I’m entitled to feel how I feel. I am absolutely entitled to feel how I feel the same way you are entitled to feel how you feel,” he explained before going on, “If I get canceled for this, then, you know what, maybe this is a world where they don’t need a Ne-Yo no more. And I ain’t got no problem with that. I’m a hustler, alright? I’ll figure it out. I got kids to raise and I’m gonna do that regardless.”
The strong and unequivocal affirmation of his position drew lauding from many and, as it happened, apologies from quite a few who had jumped to conclusions about the artist’s willingness to cave to outrage mobs.
That’s quite impressive. Good on him.
— Helen Staniland (@helenstaniland) August 8, 2023
We stand with Ne-Yo and common sense
— Jay D. Cartere (@JayCartere) August 8, 2023
I take back what I said, NeYo rocks! https://t.co/HVrbb24b8P
— Pamela Lock Portwood ♌☕ (@PamelaLock1) August 8, 2023
wow, i owe Neyo an apology
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) August 7, 2023
Neyo is based
— Sleep is not a (issue) (@nobodyshotput) August 8, 2023
the more people who speak their mind without fear, the easier it becomes for others to do the same
love to see it
— Tom (@thomasjeans) August 8, 2023
DONATE TO AMERICAN WIRE
If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to American Wire News to help us fight them.
- NYC Mayor Eric Adams boils over, limits press questions as criticism mounts - October 3, 2023
- Obama appointed judge refuses to move case, likely dooming the defendant - October 3, 2023
- Michigan sheriff warns of‘organized transnational gangs’ in deep blue county - October 3, 2023
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.