Comments made by rapper Ne-Yo during his latest interview with VladTV continue to stir controversy. The singer assured that he did not agree with many of the policies being implemented by the LGBT lobby since, in his time, "there was two genders":
I just personally come from an era where a man was a man and a woman was a woman. There was two genders, and that’s just how I rocked. You could identify as a goldfish if you feel like, I don’t care. That ain’t my business. It becomes my business when you try to make me play the game with you. I’m not gonna call you a goldfish. But if you wanna be a goldfish, you go be a goldfish.
His opinion did not sit well with several viewers but it got worse when he expressed his stance against parents who let their underage children undergo sex change surgeries:
I feel like parents have almost forgotten what the role of a parent is. If your little boy comes to you and says, ‘Daddy, I want to be a girl.’ And you just let him rock with that? If you let this 5-year-old boy decide to eat candy all day, he’s going to do that. When did it become a good idea to let a 5-year-old, let a 6-year-old, let a 12-year-old make a life-changing decision for themselves?
(False) apologies on social media
Criticism from the LGBT lobby began and, a few hours later, a publication appeared on the rapper's social networks in which he apologized for the comments he had made during his interview. In the statement, Ne-Yo apologized to the people who felt affected and assured that he intended to educate himself "better on the topic":
I’d like to express my deepest apologies... pic.twitter.com/M5aTFN40tn
— NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) August 7, 2023
Ne-Yo denies the statement
The matter seemed to be settled but the rapper reappeared on Monday afternoon assuring that he had not written that statement and that it was all an action that had been carried out by one of his publicists. Moreover, without his consent.
Along with this, Ne-Yo again reaffirmed his stance and stated that he did not agree with parents who allowed their children to undergo this procedure while assuring that he was not going to apologize "for having an opinion."
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