If there's not already an award for Public Relations Crisis Aversion (Twitter Edition) then someone should invent one and give it to Miguel. The Kaleidoscope Dream singer-producer stirred up the pot on Monday (May 27) when he wrote a series of tweets revolving around the sentiment that black people are inherently judgmental. The messages were inspired by negative comments fans left on Miguel's Instagram after he shared a photo of himself wearing a T-shirt displaying a bone hand rocking devil horns.
But in a fresh interview with BBC 1Xtra's Charlie Sloth (see above), Miguel calmly and intelligently diffuses the situation with that handy tool called context; then adds, "If anyone out there doesn't like me for that, I can respect that but you can always know that I'll be the artist and the man who will stand by his opinion"; and finally whips up a lovely little freestyle song on the topic of misinformation that leaves the pretty cool-for-school host shouting "Wow! Wow!" when all's said, done, and sung.
In the original tweets, Miguel wrote, "Im proud of my heritage but honestly, black people are the most judgmental people in the world. Shits sad man ... we've been conditioned, pre-programmed to hate ourselves ... that's why I appreciate those who choose to think and act for themselves regardless of ethnicity or culture ... the problem can not be fixed until the problem is recognized. Not everyone is the same thank goodness. And obviously, I love all my fans ... Of course EVERYONE is judgemental."
In speaking to Sloth, Miguel said, "I think what is clear when you put it all in context is that I'm saying that we are judgmental of our own ... If you take it out of context, I seem like I'm uneducated [but] I see more black people tearing down other black people than I see any other culture tearing down their own culture regardless of what they're doing ... I'm just talking about what I see, and how disappointed I am in that. I'm not judging my own people. That's a fallacy. I'm merely ... making a conversation of it."
In the same interview he also speaks about the infamous Billboard Awards "leg drop," in which the artist leapt between stages only to yoke a female fan with his flying crotch. E! Online is now reporting that the injured fan, Khyati Shah is "considering" legal action against Miguel. Her attorney Vip Bhola says that though his client seemed upbeat after the incident when she went on-camera with the singer, she has been experiencing "difficulties" since and was in "shock and star-struck" at the time. That story is still unfolding.