Appearing on MSNBC’s AM Joy Sunday, rapper Killer Mike made a public apology to host Joy Reid for lashing out at her on Instagram during a misunderstanding over one of her posts.
“I sincerely apologize for the quick judgement and the coarse language that I used that I feel is appropriate at black barbecues like Steve Harvey says…but I shouldn’t have used in criticism of us, because it wasn’t at you as much as of us, because my fear and impulse was driven by my ego, and our egos can become our masters, so I’m very sorry, because I jumped to a conclusion and I used coarse language with who someone I admire and respect, am a fan of, and if my grandmother were alive would’ve called and said ‘Michael, you wrong,” he said.
The social media feud began when Reid, a gun control supporter, posted a photo on Instagram saying she had just gotten out of ‘H&M,’ which was short for ‘hair and makeup.’ Killer Mike, otherwise known as Michael Render, commented, attacking her for what he thought was a promotion of the store, H&M, which once advertised a sweatshirt with the words “coolest monkey in the jungle” being worn by a black child. Render, who has appeared on NRATV advocating for gun ownership among blacks, bashed Reid for apparently criticizing his interview while mentioning ‘H&M.’
In response to Render’s comments on air, Reid said she appreciated the apology, acknowledging that things can spiral out of control on social media. However, she also pointed out remarks from NRATV’s Twitter account, targeting her for supporting the March For Our Lives on gun control.
Reid also played a clip from NRATV warning her by name that she “could go stick it,” and that the organization would call her out for her tweets.
“I’m sorry that an organization like the NRA has sunk to levels of all of us,” Render told Reid. “All of us have become very petty. What I did was petty. It would be argued that other people from the left and right did was petty.”
Render maintained his stance on guns, saying it was about self-defense, which he felt was critical at this moment in time.
“I’m sorry that that happened to you,” he said. “I’m sorry that I get death threats and have to walk around with a bodyguard. But I feel better that I live in [a] republic where people only 54 years into freedom are allowed to practice the Second Amendment right and protect themself if need be.”
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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