Etana says sorry after being lashed for supporting Trump
The following is a statement from recording artiste Etana in the wake of the furore over her statements in support for US presidential candidate Donald Trump on popular entertainment programme ER last week.
“My recent remarks were made against the background of the real fear of terrorist attacks and acts of random violence that is so pervasive in the US right now.
“But I realise now that I cannot give in to this fear... we cannot build walls to lock ourselves in and other people that we fear or we run the risk of isolating ourselves and losing our humanity, a quality we must protect at all costs.
“We must not allow fear to allow us to lose the best part of ourselves, the ability to love unconditionally, and to connect with our fellow men and women, regardless of their beliefs, religion, or ethnicity. We are all one, each of us are connected. I will not give up the fight for the poor and oppressed and those who hail from the Wrong Address.
“I did not intend any offence and if my statements provoked any such emotion, I apologise.
“I stand with every black family who has had a member shot by police and my heart bleeds each time there is a new one. I am extremely passionate about change for us all. I have uncles, a son, and a brother in America and I am seriously worried each time they go out their front door.
“I apologise for the hurt you feel and I hope that you will not use one blunder to judge who I am.
“I stated in the recent interview that my views did not have anything to do with my music and that was said in context of my views on the Republican representative and I assumed that would have been understood. I write my own songs from life experiences (very real to me), which you have all been able to relate to. Jamaica, and all my fans across the world, I am sorry for hurting you. When you hurt, I hurt.
“I am Jamaican, whenever there are issues in Jamaica, America, Canada or the UK we all cuss or have colourful conversations about our issues. I simply stated my views on the change I'd like to see. I would never bash or turn my back on the country I love and the people who sang Wrong Address and other songs I have written so passionately. My statements did not come off right and I won't blame Anthony Miller for that. I take full responsibility for all that went wrong.
“Please do not forget all the good I have done. I am not offended by any passionate remark, I know you are angry. I love you all unconditionally and nothing will change that.
“One perfect unconditional love. Etana."
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