Tyrese Apologizes for Sexist Message to Women: "Ladies You Deserve Better"

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Tyrese Gibson in 'Fate of the Furious'

'The Fate of the Furious' star took to social media to offer a lengthy apology for an interview he gave Monday.

After a controversial interview earlier this week, Tyrese Gibson has penned a lengthy apology to his female fans.

During a video interview with BET that was published Monday, the Fate of the Furious star delivered a "message to promiscuous women," where he said, "sluts, skeezers, hoes, tramps and overly aggressive promiscuous women" are "never without a man because they don’t have no standards. They ready to have sex with any and everything that want to have sex with them." He encouraged single women to "hold out," not settle and know their self-worth.

He continued, "You have women that are active out in these streets, they going to lunches and dinners every night. Private planes, mega yachts, it’s cracking. They’re never without. However, it comes with a cost, you gonna put a lot of miles on yourself down there, come on."

The interview garnered instant backlash on social media and, most notably, from talk show host Wendy Williams, with many slamming both Gibson and BET for providing him a platform (BET said the network did not endorse his specific comments.)

In a series of posts to his Instagram account on Friday, the actor and singer offered his "most sincere apology" for the interview, directing his posts to all women.

"Ladies," he began, "I just got off with my mentor and she just came down on me in a major way, checked me caved my chest in with reality and made it plane... Damn I've said some super stupid shit."

He went onto say his mother taught him better and that it's not always "what you say, it's the how we choose to say it."

"For the record I'm far from a misogynist, a male chauvinist or flat out mean," he wrote. "My intentions were there but my delivery f—ing horrible. And clearly all the way off. And for that I sincerely apologize to all of the ladies."

Acknowledging that some of his fans might decide not to forgive him for what he said, he hopes time and consistency will heal all wounds.

"Although I've been consistently for years speaking on these topics and some of the same words in my message, I have never experienced what I am experiencing right now," he admitted. "I've been getting dragged and feel the heat from my poor choice of words and approach to my messages, trust me... Shit gets real when it goes from a social media dragging to my own wife giving me the side eye and coming at me, even she's not happy with the way I've conducted myself."

He continued, "I'm not APOLOGIZING in an effort to be politically correct, I apologize as a man first for the things that I've recently said about choices women have the right to make, for the terms that I've used and the way I've come across. I was raised to think and feel certain ways, and I'm learning new things that combat those messages. I am not perfect or all knowing, nor am I the one to claim to be. I've learned things through experience which I share, and through these last couple of weeks, I've learned a lot through this well deserved internet dragging.

"This is about a man owning up to his actions, taking responsibility, recognizing how to do better, and actually doing better. Ladies you deserve better."

He followed up the messages with two posts, one sharing encouraging and motivational words from others he admires, and a second dedicated to the late Paul Walker with a picture of Tyrese and Walker's family.

"It's arrogant to believe the next seconds of life belongs to you, or that next week is promised," he captioned the photo. "I wanna encourage you all to love deeper, love with patience, love with humility, love with no conditions, love with your heart with NO expectations of love in return... These are the moments I cherish the Walker family are the strongest of us all... P-Dubbed I know you can hear us speaking your name and sending you love everyday.. We miss you champion!"

Universal and director F. Gary Gray's The Fate of the Furious, the eighth outing in the action franchise and the first without Walker, is gunning for one of the top Easter openings of all time at this weekend's box office. Fate of the Furious once again stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell. Newcomers include Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren and Scott Eastwood.

Read Gibson's social media posts in full below.

 

My mother taught me better than this..... lesson learned in life you will learn that It's not always "what" you say, it's the "how" we choose to say it. For the record I'm far from a misogynist, a male chauvinist or flat out mean..... My intentions were there but my delivery fucking horrible.... And clearly all the way off.... And for that I sincerely apologize to all of the ladies... Even after this apology.... Some may likely decide to NOT forgive me.... Time and consistency heals all wounds.... Although I've been consistently for years speaking on these topics and some of the same words in my message, I have never experienced what I am experiencing right now. - I've been getting dragged and feel the heat from my poor choice of words and approach to my messages, trust me..... Please accept this as my sincere apology for my poor choice of words - Shit gets real when it goes from a social media dragging to my own wife giving me the side eye and coming at me, even she's not happy with the way I've conducted myself.... it's crazy how non-public figures can say and do some really dumb shit and it will stay amongst your family and friends or local in your hood.... When you have been an entertainer for 15+ years the whole WORLD is literally watching you grow up & learn, bump your head, make mistakes and evolve as the world watches.... This is a real lesson learned... This is not just a regular IG post for me. I want to truly say that I'm sorry, I'm not APOLOGIZING in an effort to be politically correct, I apologize as a man first for the things that I've recently said about choices women have the right to make, for the terms that I've used and the way I've come across. I was raised to think and feel certain ways, and I'm learning new things that combat those messages. I am not perfect or all knowing, nor am I the one to claim to be. I've learned things through experience which I share, and through these last couple of weeks, I've learned a lot through this well deserved internet dragging...... This is about a man owning up to his actions, taking responsibility, recognizing how to do better, and actually doing better. Ladies you deserve better...

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