Singer Daniel Caesar took to Instagram to apologize for comments he made last week about Black people, while he was drunk.
The singer of the “Best Part” said Black folks are “disrespectful,” “rude” and “mean to white people,” but rushed to the defense of white social media influencer YesJulz, who has been accused of appropriating Black culture while insulting Black people.
The public came after Caesar following the comments, compelling him to issue a video posted to Twitter by media strategist Karen Civil.
Daniel Caesar apologizes for comments he made during his IG live rant. pic.twitter.com/T8L11qq3G9
— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) March 24, 2019
In the statement, Caesar says he has not changed his mind about how he feels, but that he did not express himself in a way he would have liked.”
“I expressed my opinion in a very pretentious… I was talking down to you guys, you know what I’m saying?” he said.
“I apologize for how I expressed my idea because that is where I went wrong,” he said. “I can admit when I’m wrong.”
Caesar said there’s a danger when someone posts a video when it is just the person and their phone in the room with no one to interject opposing views.
“There was no one there to challenge my ideas,” Caesar said. “It was a very tyrannical rant.”
The singer acknowledged that good can come from bad.
“Honestly I’m glad this all happened because I feel like I am coming full circle,” he said. “I feel like I’m stronger because of this.”
And he had an admission.
“This is hurting my ego,” he said. “I don’t like apologizing.”
He added, “I don’t wanna be treated like I can’t take a joke… I need to be able to take a joke just like everybody else.”