By: Briana Phipps
The “Fast and the Furious” star released a length apology on his Instagram account on Saturday after coming under fire earlier in the week for remarks made in an interview with BET about “sluts, skeezers, hoes, tramps, and overly aggressive promiscuous women” who “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.”
In his apology, Gibson says he learned a valuable lesson that “It’s not always ‘what’ you say, it’s ‘how’ we choose to say it” as he’s been “consistently for years speaking on these topics.”
The interview, posted on Monday, received immediate backlash on social media and from media personalities, including host Wendy Williams, who said no one asked the actor to share his opinion on gender issues.
“For the record, I’m far from a misogynist, a male chauvinist, or flat out mean. 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,” he wrote. “Please accept this as my sincere apology for my poor choice of words — s— 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 also insisted that he wasn’t “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,” he added. “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.”