6:18am PT by Erin Carlson
Rick Ross Apologizes for Lyrics: 'I Don't Condone Rape'
The same day a women's group staged a protest outside Reebok's flagship store in New York City, rapper Rick Ross -- a spokes-celebrity for the brand -- responded to controversy over his allegedly pro-rape lyrics with an apology.
"I dont condone rape. Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape," he wrote Thursday in a tweet, which has since disappeared from his feed.
According to the AP, Ross also expressed "apologies to my many business partners, who would never promote violence against women," name-dropping Reebok.
Ross' song "U.O.E.N.O," a collaboration with Rocko released in February, features the verse: "Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it."
In a radio interview last week, Ross sought to do further damage control, explaining: "I would never use the term 'rape' in my records and as far as my camp. Hip-hop don't condone that, the streets don't condone that, nobody condones that. So I just wanted to reach out to all my queens that's on my timeline, all the sexy ladies, the beautiful ladies that have been reaching out to me with the misunderstanding: We don't condone rape, and I'm not with that."
During Thursday's protest by UltraViolet, a women's rights group, participants held signs that read: "Hey Reebok? Want my business? Stop promoting rape. Drop Rick Ross."
UltraViolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas, meanwhile, told Fuse TV's website that she thinks Ross' latest mea culpa was unacceptable.
"That apology exposes one of two things," she said. "One: He's feeling a lot of pressure, which is great. And that means people need to keep putting pressure on him to make him understand what the problem is. And the second thing is that he doesn't really get the problem. He did rap about rape. It's not an interpretation. He needs to get to a place where he understands that."