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Read Quincy Jones’ Public Apology For His Unfiltered Interviews
words were positive, others were positively spicy and even controversial. He said his first impression of The Beatles is that “they were the worst musicians in the world,” and he said that Marlon Brando (who’d “fuck a mailbox”) hooked up with Richard Pryor. He also talked about his “22 girlfriends” while saying he was disinterested in dating women his age, explaining, “keep fat and old away from here.”
Understandably, a number of his comments upset a bunch of people, including his daughters. Now, he’s apologizing for some his comments in these remarkable profile features. “A couple weekends ago, my six daughters (who I’m beyond proud of) took me aside to do a surprise ‘family intervention’ because of some silly things I’ve said in two recent interviews,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’m so grateful for my daughters because they aren’t scared to stand up to their daddy. I am an imperfect human and I’m not afraid to say it.”
T-Pain was also among those he insulted during the interviews, which resulted in T-Pain responding by saying Jones was “pissed off at the whole world.” Jones, in his lengthy apology, has said he’s sorry for bad-mouthing so many. “When you’ve been fortunate enough to have lived such a long and crazy life, certain details about specific events come flooding back all at once, and even at 85, it’s apparent that ‘wordvomit’ and bad-mouthing is inexcusable. One of the hardest things about this situation is that, this bad-mouthing has contradicted the very real messages I tried to relay about racism, inequality, homophobia, poverty… you name it.”
Whatever his daughters said to him clearly had him reconsidering his comments. “When you live a public life, you have a responsibility to be an example, and since I do lead a public life, I wanted to make a public apology. I’m sorry to anyone whom my words offended and I’m especially sorry to my family who are still here with me and to those who aren’t. Thank you for calling me out when I’ve clearly made a mistake… many mistakes.”
He closes out the letter admitting that even at his age, he still has learning to do: “Love, an 85 year old bow-legged man who is still learning from his mistakes.” Read his full letter below.