News: Lil Mama Apologizes For Transgender Rant, "My Remarks Were Never Meant To Be Disrespectul"
Wednesday, Sep 2, 2009 5:35PM
New York rapper and "America's Best Dance Crew" judge Lil Mama has released a statement apologizing for recent comments she made towards a transgender contestant.
Mama reportedly released the statement Wednesday (September 2) afternoon and apologized to contestant Leiomy Maldonado.
"I would like to clarify anything that was misunderstood from Sunday's show. My remarks were never meant to be disrespectful regarding Leiomy's gender nor offensive to the LGBT community, which has been a community that has supported me in all my endeavors. However, in hindsight, I recognize that my words may have come across as hurtful. I spoke with her privately after the taping to express that it was not my intent to offend her or any member of the transgender community and that I still live for Vogue Evolution." (TMZ)
During her initial rant, Mama referenced and challenged the dancer's gender.
"Leiomy, your behavior, come on, is unacceptable" Mama said during the broadcast. "I just feel you always have to remember your truth. You were born a man and you are becoming a woman. If you're going to become a woman, act like a lady, don't be bird like 'Oh my god, I'm not doing this.' It gets too crazy and it gets confusing. You're doing this for America." ("America's Best Dance Crew")
The rapper previously spoke with SOHH on the motivation behind joining "America's Best Dance Crew."
"At this time in my life, when I'm dealing with issues like losing my mom and being away from my family so much, being on the road, I could've said no to a deal like [America's Best Dance Crew] but I said yes because these are some of the experiences that I might not be able to get a second chance at doing and I'm happy that I'm doing it now," she said. "My mother would tell me to keep working, keep going hard and always keep a smile on my face." (SOHH)
She was originally selected to appear on the show as a judge around January 2008.
MTV announced 18 year-old female rapper Lil Mama will serve as "Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew's" third judge when the new "So You Think You Can Dance"-like reality competition series premieres on February 7. Lil Mama will join the show's previously announced judges, former N Sync member JC Chasez and "So You Think You Can Dance" choreographer Shane Sparks. (Reality TV World)
Check out Lil Mama's "America's Best Dance Crew" rant below: