MTV News reports that in his second statement on the matter, Eminem apologized Thursday (December 4) for an old freestyle in which he offensively disses black women saying the tape “in no way represents who I was then or who I am today. In becoming an adult, I’ve seen what hip-hop and rap music can do to touch millions of people. The music can be truly powerful, and it has helped improve race relations in a very real way. I want to use this negative attack on me as a positive opportunity to show that.”
Though Eminem’s initial statement two weeks ago didn’t feature the words “I’m sorry,” this time he put forth a clear apology. “So while I think common sense tells you not to judge a man by what he may have said when he was a boy, I will say it straight up: I am sorry I said those things when I was 16. And I don’t want to let anybody turn this into an opportunity to promote their own bullsh** agenda.” Read more.