CeeLo Green Apologizes After Criticizing Nicki Minaj, Cardi B: 'I Would Never Disrespect Them'

Many were quick to express outrage at Green for his criticism, calling the singer out on Twitter for what they deemed hypocritical and sexist viewpoints that highlighted a double standard in the music industry.

Following the backlash, on Wednesday morning, Green issued a statement on Instagram, explaining that there is a "misunderstanding" about his comments and that he is an "advocate of artistic freedom and expression." The Grammy winner also said he's a "fan" of Minaj, Cardi and Megan.

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"I know most of them personally," he wrote, "and consider Cardi & Offset family. Therefore, I would never disrespect them by any means. I acknowledge them all as powerful, beautiful and influential women…and professionals."

"I wholeheartedly apologize to each of them for the inconvenience they have been caused due to a snippet of my interview being used as a headline, and in turn creating controversy and disconnect between me and these ladies as well as their fans," Green continued. "Know that I support everyone who is part of our community & culture. Always have and always will!"

He concluded: "Much love to all of the female artists who are running the game and handling their business. With Love, Lo."

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Later in the Far Out interview, Green said "there should be a time and a place for adult content," adding that he feels responsible to hold fellow artists accountable.

"As adults and artists, we should at least attempt to be each other’s accountability partners in some regard," he said. "The stereotypes that are celebrated and perpetuated, ultimately make the perception a reality. It is disenfranchising and it has caused a great deal of problems."

In ELLE's September issue, Cardi explained her intentions and goals for her music, telling the magazine that she first and foremost wants to empower women. "My music is always going to make a woman feel like a bad bitch. When you make a woman feel like she's the baddest bitch in the room, to me, that's female empowerment," she said.

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