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Asher Roth apologizes for Twitter, AP comments

Tbd-asherroth050409 Asher Roth may love college, but he's been taken to school because of his penchant for saying silly things on Twitter. The 23-year-old performer stuck his tweet in his mouth back on April 23 by writing: "Been a day of rest and relaxation - sorry twitter hanging with nappy headed hoes." Whoops!

He retracted the tweet two posts later, MTV News says, adding, "Totally just making fun of Don Imus - sorry Scoot, not trying to be offensive. I'm extremely apologetic to anyone that took offense to my immature, bad joke."

Those tweets were eventually removed altogether, but it wasn't enough for hip-hop blog, which said it was going to boycott Roth because of it. On Thursday Roth issued a statement addressing the matter.

"The Twitter situation was an immature attempt to poke fun at an infamously moronic joke. In doing so, I unconsciously stooped to the level of its originator, making it just as bad, if not worse. Pathetic. Lesson learned — nothing good can come from repeating hateful words, regardless of your intentions."

He also noted comments he made in an AP interview in which he implied black rappers show off their love of excess while Africans suffer:

"With the question and entire vibe of the conversation not being present in the article, when my statement came out in print it appeared as if I was taking black rappers to task randomly. Not the case," he wrote. "Although I do feel strongly about giving back when we are in a position of power and prosperity, it is not my place to talk about what others should do with their lives. Lesson learned: Talk about what you know."

[Photo: AP]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:34am]


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