By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | The Associated Press
NEW YORK - After days of harsh criticism, Snoop Dogg has finally apologized to Gayle King for attacking her during his interview with former basketball star Lisa Leslie over 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 that being said, Gayle King, I have publicly demolished you by derogatingly attacking you due to my emotions of being angry with a question you asked. Reacted excessively, ”he said. "I should have handled it a different way than that, I was raised a lot better than that so I would like to publicly apologize for the language I used and call you your name and just be disrespectful."
Snoop Dogg was furious that the “CBS This Morning” anchor brought up rape allegations 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 along with his young daughter and seven others.
Snoop Dogg took to Instagram and called King some rough names. He also said she had better stand back "before we come to pick you up" and posted a slew of offensive photos and memes about her.
King herself was angry with CBS News for promoting a snippet of what was a high-profile social media interview, which sparked a strong backlash and accusations from some that she had crossed the line. King, in her own Instagram post last week, said she could see why people might be upset if they only saw a brief portion of what was discussed.
Snoop Dogg, a friend of Bryant and an ardent Lakers fan, wasn't the only one angry with King for his questioning - 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 King was "not doing well" and was receiving death threats because of the interview.
Soon an avalanche of support arrived for King, from CBS News chief to former Obama administration official 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 off the set and into the green room with a copy of my book. Post-it notes were sticking out of the pages. The pages were dog-eared. I think I remember she jotted down questions on yellow legal paper. It was impressive. You'd be surprised how many interviewers are just masters of bullshit. Not Gayle. She reads. She studies. She gets ready. I have benefited from Gayle's preparation several times since that first interview. I try to think of another reporter who has a bigger role in educating people about my work, and I can't. I say this as a black writer. I say this as a black man. It is perhaps 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 is like to have a body that can be taken for someone else's pleasure. This is because we know more than what we want to say, because if we said everything, we might never stop crying. Maybe that really is the root of it all. It is certainly not about "protecting" the memory of anyone or their family. Men who want to do harm have used the language of "protection" all my life. It is certainly not Weinstein. Only a fool tolerates serial murder because Ted Bundy was once a neighbor. Either way, there's really no way to be neutral here. Gayle King dared to talk about a man like he was one, and many of us have lost him. We did not calmly express our aversion to the question. We were too weak for that. We threatened. We hung out. 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 have not calmly expressed our dislike of the issue. We were too weak for that. We threatened. We hung out. And we attacked, ”he wrote. " It's wrong. We should want more. We should be better. "
Snoop Dogg has also been heavily criticized in black media essays, including one who accused him of hating black women.
This article appeared first (in English) on mercurynews.com