By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | The Associated Press
NEW YORK - After days of meteoric criticism, Snoop Dogg finally apologized to Gayle King for attacking her during her interview with former basketball star Lisa Leslie about the late Kobe Bryant.
“Two wrongs don't do any good. when you get it wrong, you have to fix it, "he said in an Instagram article on Wednesday.
"So, having said that, Gayle King, I publicly demolished you by attacking you in a derogatory manner because of my emotions of being angry at a question you asked. Overreacted, "he said. "I should have handled it differently than that, I was raised much better than that, so I would apologize publicly for the language I used and call your name and just be disrespectful."
Snoop Dogg was furious that the anchor "CBS This Morning" had raised allegations of rape from Bryant's past in his interview with Leslie, a friend of Bryant. The retired Lakers star was killed in a helicopter crash last month with his young daughter and seven others.
Snoop Dogg went to Instagram and called King raw names. He also said that she'd better back up "before we pick you up" and posted a host of insulting photos and memes about her.
King herself was angry with CBS News for promoting an excerpt from what was a large-scale social media interview, which sparked strong reaction and accusations by some that she had crossed the line. King, in his own Instagram post last week, said that she could see why people could be upset if they only saw a brief portion of what was discussed.
Snoop Dogg, a friend of Bryant and a staunch Lakers fan, was not the only one to be angry with King for his interrogation - LeBron James and even Bill Cosby were among his critics - but his comments were among the most inflammatory and considered a threat. King's best friend, Oprah Winfrey, said that King "was not well" and that he received death threats due to the interview.
Soon, an avalanche of support arrived for King, from CBS News chief to former Obama administration chief Susan Rice, to reward award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates, who, in an Instagram post, berated the black men who attacked her.
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When I first met @gayleking, she was rushing out of the set and into the green room with a copy of my book. Post-it notes came out of the pages. The pages were dog-like. I seem to remember that she scribbled questions on yellow legal paper. It was impressive. You would be surprised at the number of interviewers who are just bullshit masters. Not Gayle. She reads. She studies. She gets ready. I have benefited from Gayle's preparation several times since this first interview. I'm trying to think of another reporter who plays a bigger role in raising awareness of my work, and I can't. I say this as a black writer. I say this as a black man. It may be naive to expect black men to be better - oppression is always demeaning and rarely ennobling. But black men, perhaps more than other men, have an idea of what it's like to have a body that can be taken for the pleasure of someone else. Indeed, we know more than what we mean, because if we said everything, we might never stop crying. Perhaps this is really the root of it all. It is certainly not a question of "protecting" the memory of anyone or their family. Men who want to hurt have used the language of "protection" all my life. It is certainly not about Weinstein. Only a fool tolerates serial murder because Ted Bundy was once a neighbor. Either way, there really is no way to be neutral here. Gayle King dared to speak of a man as if he were one, and many of us lost him. We did not calmly express our aversion to the question. We were too weak for that. We threatened. We hung around. And we attacked. A friend, looking at it all, said, "Shit, Gayle has a son." To which I could only answer: "these guys also have sons". And that's what we teach them. It's wrong. We should want more. We should be better.
“We did not calmly express our aversion to the question. We were too weak for that. We threatened. We hung around. And we attacked, ”he wrote. " It's wrong. We should want more. We should be better. "
Snoop Dogg has also been heavily criticized in essays in black media, including the one who accused him of hating black women.
Last week, Snoop Dogg responded to part of the backlash and denied threatening King, but in Wednesday's message he offered a full apology and said he was better than that. He said in the caption of the message that an interview with his mother had proved him right.
"I didn't want it to be like that. I was just speaking for a friend who was not there to defend himself, ”he said.
He noted that he knew some people admired him, so that added to his importance of apologizing.
"Every time you get it wrong, it's OK to fix it, it's OK to tell you that you're wrong," he said. " I apologize. I hope we can sit and talk in private. "
This article appeared first (in English) on mercurynews.com