Questlove Apologizes for Mocking Asians in Racist Instagram Posts: My Comments Were “Dumb” — See Statement

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By Shari Weiss

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Questlove is apologizing for a series of offensive Instagram posts in which he mocked Japanese people while on tour with The Roots. “Hey @dawnenglehart is it racist for me to write the Sour Tlain? #chipanesedownunder2013,” the musician had written, before later posting a video of a local woman and saying she was speaking “in tongues.”

Questlove, whose questionable dialogue continued with the Asian music manager Englehart and India-born Padma Lakshmi (who said she gets a “yellow pass”), also posted a Vine video of a sleeping man and labeled it “McSnoleArot.” Days after complaints that he was being racist, the “Late Night” band leader took to Facebook on Thursday to admit that his comments were “dumb.”

He began “ok. addressing the elephant in the room on Christmas,” and went on:

unfortunately, i’ve offended my asian brothers & sisters with an IG post which i made during my recent tour of japan. in that post, i likened a japanese department store employee’s vocal intonation to that of a (church) deacon speaking in tongues. clearly, i didn’t intend to offend anyone (asian or otherwise), clearly, i *thought* that comparis…on was funny-cute
… and clearly i thought wrong.
in hindsight, it’s easy to see how my post was yet another example of the ugly, american flipping yet another ugly/racially/culturally insensitive script. so, let me make this abundantly clear….
And no, it wasn’t Duck Dynasty/Phil Robertson mean spirited-xenophobic dumb (but the last time i checked, sleep was still the cousin of death)
—look. i’m a human being and dumber yet, i’m a public figure. if you’re lucky enough to be either of the aforementioned, then not only should one stay clear of saying or writing hurtful things, one should actively work against feeling comfortable, thinking hurtful thoughts. given that black culture consistently finds itself at the butt end of so many offensive “outsider” jokes, I should be way, way more sensitive (after all, who’s zooming who). I for one, should never allow my cultural bias to take precedence over my “examined life” (clunkers be damned). i know the whole kinder and gentler thing reeks of a self serving political correctness, but eff it, it’s “all me”.
so, here i am once again, publicly coming to terms with some more of my stupid “say, say, say” ish. allow me to ask for forgiveness and understanding from anyone that i’ve offended. I will be better in 2014 (i promise)
-thank you.

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