A Statement from Asher Roth

Here’s a statement from Asher Roth regarding The Twitter Incident. He also explains his quote about Black rappers in a recent AP article.

As of late, statements I’ve made have been stirring up much controversy and speculation. It is in my best interest that I feel I should address these instances personally and specifically. Truth: I am 23 year old imperfect human being who’s world is drastically changing around him. Facebook is no longer for just me and my friends. Twitter is no longer solely for the watchful eye of my parents. A new responsibility and voice has been placed upon me and is being heard well beyond my immediate peers. I’ve been receiving a crash course on perspectives and a very real sensitivity that exists and is an essential part of our world. With that, I’d like to sincerely apologize for any words that have been misinterpreted and may have offended any man, woman or child.

The twitter situation was an immature attempt to poke fun at an infamously moronic joke. In doing so, I unconsciously stooped to the level of its originator, making it just as bad, if not worse. Pathetic. Lesson learned – nothing good can come from repeating hateful words, regardless of your intentions. Leaving no context in what was being said and being presented through text (no facial or vocal inflection) the sarcasm of the joke (or lack there of) was not properly perceived and left it purely in bad taste. I immediately apologized for my immaturity but the apologies and original post were deleted by my team in an effort to prevent more people from being offended. Unfortunately, the deletion of these statements led several people to believe that my apology was insincere, which is why I have made the decision to release this statement.

The latest quote on giving back was in response to a question about rappers and their money posed to me by the interviewer. With the question and entire vibe of the conversation not being present in the article, when my statement came out in print it appeared as if I was taking black rappers to task randomly. Not the case. Although I do feel strongly about giving back when we are in a position of power and prosperity, it is not my place to talk about what others should do with their lives. Lesson learned: talk about what you know. You can call them mistakes, I call them life lessons. It is my duty as a human being to choose my words carefully, for I am a kind soul who puts a lot of stock in the progess of humans. I am a work in progress, as we all are and I will take this opportunity to learn and grow. Its bigger than an apology, its an understanding.

Moving forward, I hope we can all take some perspective and guidance from the dialogue that has emerged from these situations. I know I already have and will continue to do so.

Onward and upward

With love,

Asher Roth

Re: the Africa quote, which you can read here.  I think he could have definitely worded his answer better, but I also feel that he has the right to answer a question honestly.

Asher Roth ban lifted.


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121 Responses to “A Statement from Asher Roth”

  1. geico lizard Says:

    Big_seth Says:

    April 30th, 2009 at 3:40 pm
    Yo, someone offered me a pit bull puppy.

    I don’t know if I want a dog.

    I should take it & turn around & sell it right?

    ^
    They may come by your place to see the dog and if you say you sold it they will be pissed.

  2. Bomber Says:

    Gynecologist favorite hip hop album: Deeper than Paps.

  3. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    @ bill hustle

    my nigga mad as shit i’m bringin ppl for the yeezys. . . . SMH

  4. Troyvul Says:

    u might as well grow a twat.
    ^
    Still going in lol

  5. Bomber Says:

    Strippers album of the year?

    Deeper than Laps

  6. Big_seth Says:

    # Beezy aka Chicago Larry on FTLORJ Says:
    April 30th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I should take it & turn around & sell it right?

    ^You need to research the dogs bloodline…it aint worth shit unless its top notch.
    ^^

    Bammas & mexicans don’t give a shit about no bloodline. LMAO

  7. steven biko Says:

    asher is corn

  8. Lan Says:

    Facebook is no longer for just me and my friends. Twitter is no longer solely for the watchful eye of my parents. A new responsibility and voice has been placed upon me and is being heard well beyond my immediate peers.

    Translation: i can no longer make nigger jokes with my friends and parents online because everyone is checking for me now, my fault.

    LMAO at this nigga GTFOH

    *moves on knocking Banned from TV*

    I get pussy with my features, puff heavenly. . . (c)

    *out*

  9. Da PartyStarter Says:

    Yo Es,
    You da man. Not dickridin’ but if muffukkas didn’t recognize the strength of the Nah chamber, well…..”HERE IT IS!!!!” (c) Chuck D.

    ————————————–

    *Attempts to get banned*

    How do you fit 1,000 Jews in a Volkswagen?

    2 in the front seat, 2 in the back seat and 998 in the ashtray…

    *attempts to get unbanned*

    I’m sorry, my words were taken out of context without any facial expression or vocal inflections the reflect sarcasm or lack thereof.

    LOL

  10. T.Smith Says:

    As of late, statements I’ve made have been stirring up much controversy and speculation. It is in my best interest that I feel I should address these instances personally and specifically. Truth: I am 23 year old imperfect human being who’s world is drastically changing around him. Facebook is no longer for just me and my friends. Twitter is no longer solely for the watchful eye of my parents. A new responsibility and voice has been placed upon me and is being heard well beyond my immediate peers. I’ve been receiving a crash course on perspectives and a very real sensitivity that exists and is an essential part of our world. With that, I’d like to sincerely apologize for any words that have been misinterpreted and may have offended any man, woman or child.

    The twitter situation was an immature attempt to poke fun at an infamously moronic joke. In doing so, I unconsciously stooped to the level of its originator, making it just as bad, if not worse. Pathetic. Lesson learned – nothing good can come from repeating hateful words, regardless of your intentions. Leaving no context in what was being said and being presented through text (no facial or vocal inflection) the sarcasm of the joke (or lack there of) was not properly perceived and left it purely in bad taste. I immediately apologized for my immaturity but the apologies and original post were deleted by my team in an effort to prevent more people from being offended. Unfortunately, the deletion of these statements led several people to believe that my apology was insincere, which is why I have made the decision to release this statement.

    The latest quote on giving back was in response to a question about rappers and their money posed to me by the interviewer. With the question and entire vibe of the conversation not being present in the article, when my statement came out in print it appeared as if I was taking black rappers to task randomly. Not the case. Although I do feel strongly about giving back when we are in a position of power and prosperity, it is not my place to talk about what others should do with their lives. Lesson learned: talk about what you know. You can call them mistakes, I call them life lessons. It is my duty as a human being to choose my words carefully, for I am a kind soul who puts a lot of stock in the progess of humans. I am a work in progress, as we all are and I will take this opportunity to learn and grow. Its bigger than an apology, its an understanding.

    Moving forward, I hope we can all take some perspective and guidance from the dialogue that has emerged from these situations. I know I already have and will continue to do so.

    Onward and upward

    With love,

    Asher Roth

  11. T.Smith Says:

    ^^^^^^^^^^^Can somebody delete that…complete accident.

    Anywho..

    Honestly the thing never even bothered me. I think people take stuff too seriously these days, but everybody doesn’t have the same sense of humor. Anyway its good to see he finally came out and addressed it.

  12. Carlos Voltron Says:

    Black should have asher roth write an apology to his girl for him. Shit works wonders.

    LF: I know bol’s got a response already, link that shit.

  13. comehomenow Says:

    There’s the difference between Asher & Eminem right there.

  14. james Says:

    So, when is Ross going to get banned?

    Hyprocite

  15. Joe M. Says:

    His album wasn’t great. Kind of a disappointment imo. Tried to give it a few listens, and I just get bored. the C-lo joints are the best (pause).

    Anyway, I thought his response was well-written, and at least sounded sincere. Back to the music please.

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  17. Mr.Londoner Says:

    i didnt even read… he was forgiven in my mind a week ago..

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  19. dag1977 Says:

    Sellouts.

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