By Barbi Martinez
We’re huge fans of Run the Jewels here at Blurt, so it was troubling, to say the least, when the NRA posted an interview video Saturday – coinciding with the March For Our Lives rally in Washington and at smaller rallies across the US – that made it appear as if Mike was taking the marchers to task. You can watch the clip below.
As it turns out, though, the NRA was putting their own spin job on the interview with Mike, subtly removing the specific context within which he was framing his remarks – he was talking about gunowners and gunowners’ rights in the African-American community and some of the realities of living in that community. Inevitably, a significant backlash ensued, so on Sunday he issued a clarification and an apology.
Explained Mike in a pair of social media videos, “I did an interview about black gun ownership in this era. That interview was used a week later by NRA TV to disparage a very noble campaign which I actually support.” And to the marchers, he noted, “I wanna say first, I’m sorry guys. I’m sorry that an interview I did about a minority — black people in this country — and gun rights was used as a weapon against you guys. That was unfair to you and it was wrong… “Keep organizing. Lead the way. I do support the march, and I support black people owning guns. It’s possible to do both.”
Not long afterwards, his partner in Run The Jewels, El-P, also issued a statement via Twitter, stating that while the pair often have differences (“he stumbles and he makes bad decisions sometimes,” he said, of Mike), he “can not and will not ever turn my back on this man. He wouldn’t turn his on me.” El-P then expressed intense praise for the March For Our Lives marchers and the Parkland survivors, saying he was “incredibly inspired and blown away by the bravery and emotion of an entire generation of young people standing up and trying to change the world.” You can read the twofold statement at the above link. (More coverage here.)