Chilli Clarifies ‘All Lives Matter’ Remark
On Wednesday, the internet swooped down on Chilli after the TLC singer said “All Lives Matter” during an interview in the UK to promote their forthcoming album.
I’m told the ladies were “blindsided” when the interviewer flipped the script from talking about their album to questioning them about the Black Lives Matter movement.
Chilli responded saying:
I personally didn’t go into any marches, or anything like that, but for me, all lives matter, you know what I mean?
Because there is a time when different groups are targeted for different things, you know what I’m saying? So, I just think that, just the whole—what happened, police brutality, against these young black boys, all of that kind of stuff is wrong, even if it was a Caucasian teen kid that this was happening to or whatever.
It’s just not right.
See the clip below.
As you can imagine it wasn’t pretty in the streets of social media. One fan wrote:
How are TLC, proud pioneers of social consciousness in the 90s, gon’ be so ignorant on the Black Lives Matter movement. Beyond disappointed.
This morning, I received Chilli’s official statement from her rep:
Of course black lives matter and the killing of young black boys is heartbreaking to all of us. Everyone knows I am a black mother of a black son so there is no way I could watch what’s happening and not be affected.
That video was from an interview in London asking me about issues happening in the US. My response was inclusive of everyone, but not meant to under value the black lives matter movement or to suggest police brutality against blacks is acceptable.