Young Hollywood may have apologized to Amara La Negra on Love & Hip Hop Miami, but has he really learned his lesson? This interview with AfterBuzzTV has us thinking that maybe the producer is sorry for causing problems, but not sorry for the things that he said in the first place.
After his official apology to Amara during last week’s episode, we thought that the beef was squashed and that Young Hollywood had learned his lesson, but this interview has us re-thinking things.
In the interview, Young Hollywood insists that his comments were never intended to be about Amara’s race. He knows that his comments could be offensive “if you’re not paying attention,” but that anyone who knows him knows that it’s not a race issue.
First of all he still refuses to call Amara an Afro-Latina: “We’re both Latino. I’m not trying to divide a line, but it’s like…we’re Latino. She’s a Latina. Full-blown Latina. She just happens to be dark skinned.”
And he insists that he meant his apology the first time that he gave it, but that he had a hard time seeing where his words were misconstrued.
He says, “I don’t see the problem because I don’t see that. I don’t see the color. I don’t feed into the whole, cliché ’Oh, they’re holdin’ us down.’ I don’t see none of that. I’ve got tats on my face, bro, and I sit down with corporate white America…So, if I can do it, with tats all over my face, tats on my eyes, and I can clean up and put my hair to the side and put on a nice little suit and some loafers, and walk up in that office and walk out with some checks…to me it’s like I understand there’s oppressions in places and there is things, but really I think it starts in your mind. It’s your mindset. If you let people put you in a box, you’re going to think like that, I promise.”
So, essentially, being oppressed is a mindset and not something that people create for themselves?
He then goes on to explain that he thought Amara should lose the afro because she has had the same look for years and because she was looking to crossover to the mainstream, not because it was “too black.” He says that he “loves the look” but at the end of the day it’s a costume: “It’s a wig. It’s not your natural hair you weren’t born with that.”
He goes further, “I wanted to clarify that, hey look, you’re beautiful [Amara] this is nothing about that. This was just my opinion on that costume, on that look. ’Cause it’s a costume …you don’t wake up in the morning …that’s not how your hair grow. You know what I’m saying. Point blank.”
But it looks like Amara’s afro is, in fact, natural. So…
He also insinuates that the afro politicizes Amara and that his comment about her being “a little less Macy Gray and a little more Beyoncé” was to make that point. He insists that the look needs to go with the sound.
When he’s asked if he regrets what he said to Amara, he says he doesn’t, but, “I regret people understanding it the wrong way.”
The interview is problematic, to say the least. Does it could as an apology if the only thing you regret is how the words came across and aren’t doing anything to change your behavior?
Young Hollywood insults Amara in the middle of his apology to her.