News: Asher Roth Reflects On "Nappy Headed" Controversy, "Treat Others How You Want To Be Treated"

Monday, Sep 21, 2009 10:45AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

After receiving heat this summer for an objectionable joke about black women and a controversial comment about how black rappers spend their money, Asher Roth has reflected on how sensitive remarks can be avoided for the future.

In addition to his reflection, Roth also pointed out the differences between blogs and print publications covering topics.

"When that whole thing happened, and the response to it, I was like, 'Whoa, I need to clarify myself,'" he explained in an interview. "And that happened in five minutes. Imagine trying to get it pressed in a magazine, that takes months -- that shoot I did for Playboy about three months ago isn't coming out for another three months, so the press publications go through so much...but with the blogs it's just bang-bang-bang and it's out. Twitter's absolutely crazy, the information. Just in general I think it's important that people appreciate and respect different ways of life. There's a delicacy to how people were raised and they'll react differently to different things. People need to appreciate and respect that but for me, I think it's important to get conversation out there so the way I feel about life, I don't think it's wrong or anything like that, I just think it's open for discussion...I think it's just, we need to get back to the basics of treat others how you want to be treated and, you know, talk about some things." (Hip Hop DX)

Roth caught heat last April after attending a Rutgers University event and making an offensive remark, for which he later apologized.

At Rutgers stirring up a ruckus," Roth wrote unmodified. "Been a day of rest and relaxation, sorry Twitter - hanging out with some nappy headed h*es...Totally just making fun of Don Imus - Sorry Scoot, not trying to be offensive...I'm extremely apologetic to anyone who took offense to my immature, bad joke." (OnSmash)

He also sparked attention for statements he made in a later interview.

"When I dropped [the 'A Milli' freestyle] I thought, 'You guys are always going off about how much money you have. Do you realize what's going on in this world right now,'" Roth said. "All these black rappers - African rappers - talking about how much money they have. 'Do you realize what's going on in Africa right now?' It's just like, 'You guys are disgusting. Talking about billions and billions of dollars you have. And spending it frivolously, when you know, the Motherland is suffering beyond belief right now.'" (Canadian Press)

Roth later released a statement to the media regarding both matters.

"I am a 23 year-old imperfect human being who's world is drastically changing around him," he wrote last May. "The twitter situation was an immature attempt to poke fun at an infamously moronic joke. In doing so, I unconsciously stooped to the level of its originator, making it just as bad, if not worse. Pathetic. Lesson learned - nothing good can come from repeating hateful words, regardless of your intentions.."The latest quote on giving back was in response to a question about rappers and their money posed to me by the interviewer. With the question and entire vibe of the conversation not being present in the article, when my statement came out in print it appeared as if I was taking black rappers to task randomly. Not the case...Lesson learned: talk about what you know. You can call them mistakes, I call them life lessons. It is my duty as a human being to choose my words carefully, for I am a kind soul who puts a lot of stock in the progess of humans." (Statement)

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