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Tyrese Gibson Apologizes for Controversial Comments About ‘Promiscuous Women’

Tyrese Gibson is walking back those controversial statements about “promiscuous women.”

The “Fast and the Furious” star released a length apology on his Instagram account on Saturday after coming under fire earlier in the week for remarks made in an interview with BET about “sluts, skeezers, hoes, tramps, and overly aggressive promiscuous women” who “are never without a man because they don’t have no standards. They ready to have sex with any and everything that want to have sex with them.”

The interview, posted on Monday, received immediate backlash on social media and from media personalities, including host Wendy Williams, who said no one asked the actor to share his opinion on gender issues.

In his apology, Gibson says he learned a valuable lesson that “It’s not always ‘what’ you say, it’s ‘how’ we choose to say it” as he’s been “consistently for years speaking on these topics.”

“For the record, I’m far from a misogynist, a male chauvinist, or flat out mean. My intentions were there, but my delivery f—ing horrible. And clearly all the way off. And for that I sincerely apologize to all of the ladies,” he wrote. “Please accept this as my sincere apology for my poor choice of words — s— gets real when it goes from a social media dragging to my own wife giving me the side eye and coming at me. Even she’s not happy with the way I’ve conducted myself.”

He also insisted that he wasn’t “apologizing in an effort to be politically correct.”

“I apologize as a man first for the things that I’ve recently said about choices women have the right to make, for the terms that I’ve used, and the way I’ve come across. I was raised to think and feel certain ways, and I’m learning new things that combat those messages,” he added. “I am not perfect or all-knowing, nor am I the one to claim to be. I’ve learned things through experience which I share, and through these last couple of weeks, I’ve learned a lot through this well-deserved internet dragging. This is about a man owning up to his actions, taking responsibility, recognizing how to do better, and actually doing better. Ladies you deserve better.”

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My mother taught me better than this….. lesson learned in life you will learn that It's not always "what" you say, it's the "how" we choose to say it. For the record I'm far from a misogynist, a male chauvinist or flat out mean….. My intentions were there but my delivery fucking horrible…. And clearly all the way off…. And for that I sincerely apologize to all of the ladies… Even after this apology…. Some may likely decide to NOT forgive me…. Time and consistency heals all wounds…. Although I've been consistently for years speaking on these topics and some of the same words in my message, I have never experienced what I am experiencing right now. – I've been getting dragged and feel the heat from my poor choice of words and approach to my messages, trust me….. Please accept this as my sincere apology for my poor choice of words – Shit gets real when it goes from a social media dragging to my own wife giving me the side eye and coming at me, even she's not happy with the way I've conducted myself…. it's crazy how non-public figures can say and do some really dumb shit and it will stay amongst your family and friends or local in your hood…. When you have been an entertainer for 15+ years the whole WORLD is literally watching you grow up & learn, bump your head, make mistakes and evolve as the world watches…. This is a real lesson learned… This is not just a regular IG post for me. I want to truly say that I'm sorry, I'm not APOLOGIZING in an effort to be politically correct, I apologize as a man first for the things that I've recently said about choices women have the right to make, for the terms that I've used and the way I've come across. I was raised to think and feel certain ways, and I'm learning new things that combat those messages. I am not perfect or all knowing, nor am I the one to claim to be. I've learned things through experience which I share, and through these last couple of weeks, I've learned a lot through this well deserved internet dragging…… This is about a man owning up to his actions, taking responsibility, recognizing how to do better, and actually doing better. Ladies you deserve better…

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Gibson plays Roman Pearce in “Fate of the Furious,” which is currently playing in theaters.

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