When it comes to controversies, the internet is no safe haven and will swiftly hand anyone a reminder of that.
So after Chilli shared her unpopular opinion on the Black Lives Matter movement and received social media's harsh memo soon after, the TLC songstress has now extended her thoughts on the controversy to clear the smoke.
Speaking exclusively with The Shade Room, Chilli explained that her siding with the premise of All Lives Matter was no cold shoulder to the fact that Black lives actually do matter. Noting her own Black son, she also said that she, too, has been affected by the latest atrocities of police brutality.
"Of course Black lives matter and the killing of young Black boys is heartbreaking to all of us,” she explained. “Everyone knows I am a Black mother of a Black son, so there is no way I could watch what’s happening and not be affected. That video was from an interview in London asking me about issues happening in the U.S."
Of the interview's question, Chilli said that her intentions were to include everyone who has fallen victim to police brutality, but never to undermine the Black Lives Matter movement.
In the meantime, we'll see if the internet lets her off of the hook after the clarification.
One of ‘90s R&B most nostalgic sounds is returning soon with a fresh (and final) album from TLC, the girl group which plans to release their self-titled TLC project on June 30.
But during one of their promotional runs with the UK’s Channel 4 News, where they were questioned about the socio-political breath behind the Black Lives Matter movement, Chilli is unexpectedly subscribing for BLM’s countermovement: All Lives Matter.
Jasmine Dotiwala, the interviewer, mentioned the question with respect to BLM’s impact in the U.S. and U.K., in which Chilli began explaining that she hadn’t attended any marches or events for the movement.
“I personally didn’t go into any marches, or anything like that, but for me, all lives matter, you know what I mean?” she responded. “Because there is a time when different groups are targeted for different things, you know what I’m saying? So, I just think that, just the whole — what happened, police brutality, against these young Black boys, all of that kind of stuff is wrong, even if it was a Caucasian teen kid that this was happening to or whatever.”
She then segued into the topic of police responsibility and the abuse of authority. The “No Scrubs” singer cited more stable background and mental stability checks for aspiring law enforcement officers as well. While T-Boz gave Chilli the floor on the BLM subject matter, the singer-songwriter chimed in on Donald Trump with a cold shoulder.
“I don’t care about Donald Trump, so, I mean, God is my president,” she replied to Dotiwala’s question on being a Black woman under a Trump presidency. “I just feel sorry for the people it affects, but I don’t care about him.”
Watch the ladies get political and some of what the internet had to say about Chilli’s ALM sentiments below.
Did you hear Chili say "All Lives Matter"?— T Lawrence Hall (@peoplescrtic) May 10, 2017
How I feel about Chili saying "All Lives Matter" but still loving TLC. pic.twitter.com/djO3GcG2o3— Jaymar® (@ThatsJaymar) May 10, 2017
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