Miguel did attempt to clarify his statements a bit, though, by emphasizing that in context, his words weren’t as prejudiced as some out-of-context references made it seem.
“Everyone is judgmental,” he reiterated while talking to DJs at BBC Radio in the UK. “We’re all judgmental because we’re human. We only live our reality, so we don’t understand everything.”
Miguel upset members of the Black community earlier this week when he tweeted that Blacks are the most judgmental people. Many took issue with the apparent sweeping generalization.
Though he’s gotten negative (and positive) reactions to the controversial statements, Miguel didn’t backpedal. Although he clarified that he wasn’t only speaking about Blacks, he did stand by his original statement.
“I see more Black people tearing down other Black people than I see any other culture tearing down their own culture, no matter what they’re doing,” he said specifically mentioning blogs. “We’re tearing each other down.”
Despite the naysayers, Miguel said he felt an obligation to speak his mind and broach the subject.
“It’s so easy to hide behind your influence and use it for personal gain. It really takes a bit of backbone to speak your mind on the issues that really bother you. That was the intention,” he said. “I’ll be the artist and the man who will stand by his opinion, express his opinion and be open and honest with people.”
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