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Rapper handles his homophobic past like a real man

Apologies come in all shapes and sizes.

Clay Aiken apologized for supporting Trump with just a few simple words: “I am a f*****g dumbass.”

Good on you, Clay.

There are joke apologies — Russel Tovey issued one on behalf of his nipples.

And apologies that ring hollow. Remember when that Daily Beast reporter “apologized” for outing Olympic athletes seven months later.

And then there’s the “I’m sorry for using gay slurs” apology, a favorite among professional fighters.

British Rapper Stormzy was set to become the next public figure to issue a lukewarm apology after some of his old tweets found new light this week:

Yeah. Gross.

Well today Stormzy addressed the tweets head-on, and we’ve got to say, he’s handling it a way that really sounds genuine.

Here’s what he wrote:

“I said some foul and offensive things whilst tweeting years ago at a time when I was young and proudly ignorant. Very hurtful and discriminative views that I’ve unlearned as I’ve grown up and become a man..The comments I made were unacceptable and disgusting, full stop. Comments that I regret and to everyone I’ve offended, I am sorry, these are attitudes I’ve left in the past. The homophobic language I used was, embarrassingly, a part of my vocabulary when I was younger and…ignorance made me feel comfortable to use them whilst not understanding the hate and the ramifications they carry. That isn’t an excuse, I take responsibility for my mistakes and hope you can understand that my younger self doesn’t reflect who I am today. Again, I’m sorry to everyone I’ve offended. To the LGBQT community and my supporters and friends, my deepest apologies.”

Here’s how it looked on Twitter:

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  • queermarek

    And a boy just became a man. Well said Stormzy.

  • Jaxton

    I mean, these black losers may occasionally see the light….

    • JARR25

      Jaxton, what does his skin “color” have to do with the ignorance he regurgitated as a kid?!!!? Be careful, your comments display your ignorance.

    • JerseyMike

      He has seen the light but you are still a rac!st Son of a B!tch… Maybe you will see the light one day too….

    • amanofcolours

      Wow. It’s 2017 and apparently “some” in the gay community (not naming names, Jaxton” ) still need to hide behind a keyboard and put somebody else down. Come and call me a black loser to my face, and this negro will show you an think or two, punk! Grow the hell up, or even better, just crawl back into your cave…

    • Kangol

      What a racist self-loathing creep you are, Jaxton! Your beloved white closeted con-servatives are the ones imposing all the anti-gay laws. Get a grip & help!

    • rozz01

      I am so sorry for you

    • Knight

      Jaxton I agree with the other commenters here; that was out of line. His ethnicity or skin color has nothing to do with being homophobic or ignorant…as you JUST showed in your own post.

      NOT cool.

    • truly scrumptious

      Jaxton’s just mad because he’s darker than Stormzy. Don’t hate, Jaxton, your black is beautiful too.

  • JARR25

    He sure is, JerseyMike!

  • Kangol

    Beautiful story. I really appreciate his apology. It’s not the usual half-hearted kind. I wish more people of all backgrounds saw the light like Stormzy has.

  • Jaxton

    I’m not going to accept this ridiculous black rapper’s apology. Why should I?

    • demetreus

      You know, It takes a real loser to troll a comment board just to get attention.
      Since you havent accepted the fact that you are scum, I can see why accepting the rapper’s apology can be troubling for you.
      Seek help.

  • CanadianGuy62

    Why do “news” organisations feel the need to both write out the text of the tweets and then include screenshots of the tweets? It’s redundant!

  • Dymension

    Wow! Get this man a drink…

  • Jack Meoff

    Great that he has owned his past and is man enough to admit his mistakes and show that he has grown as a person. Let’s hope others learn from his example.

    Unlike some of the phoney apologies from other people in the past I totally buy this one.

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