Questlove Apologizes For Social Media Posts Deemed Offensive To Asians

posted Friday December 27 ,2013 at 05:30PM CST | 32 comments

Questlove Apologizes For Social Media Posts Deemed Offensive To Asians

Questlove has apologized after several of his social media posts draw the ire of his followers.

Questlove has posted an apology for a string of social media posts that many people viewed to be offensive to Asians.

The Roots member posted a message on yesterday (December 26) after a series of his posts were discussed on the website Several of Questlove's original posts have been removed. 

Screen shots of the social media posts in question are as follows, as per

Following is Questlove’s response, as posted on 

"ok. addressing the elephant in the room on christmas

unfortunately, i’ve offended my asian brothers & sisters with an IG post which i made during my recent tour of japan. in that post, i likened a japanese department store employee’s vocal intonation to that of a (church) deacon speaking in tongues. clearly, i didn’t intend to offend anyone (asian or otherwise), clearly, i *thought* that comparison was funny-cute

… and clearly i thought wrong.

in hindsight, it’s easy to see how my post was yet another example of the ugly, american flipping yet another ugly/racially/culturally insensitive script. so, let me make this abundantly clear….


And no, it wasn’t Duck Dynasty/Phil Robertson mean spirited-xenophobic dumb (but the last time i checked, sleep was still the cousin of death)

—look. i’m a human being and dumber yet, i’m a public figure. if you’re lucky enough to be either of the aforementioned, then not only should one stay clear of saying or writing hurtful things, one should actively work against feeling comfortable, thinking hurtful thoughts. given that black culture consistently finds itself at the butt end of so many offensive “outsider” jokes, I should be way, way more sensitive (after all, who’s zooming who). I for one, should never allow my cultural bias to take precedence over my “examined life” (clunkers be damned). i know the whole kinder and gentler thing reeks of a self serving political correctness, but eff it, it’s “all me”.

so, here i am once again, publicly coming to terms with some more of my stupid “say, say, say” ish. allow me to ask for forgiveness and understanding from anyone that i’ve offended. I will be better in 2014 (i promise)

-thank you.


Questlove's given name is Ahmir Khalib Thompson. 

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    my neighbor's half-sister makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of work for 7 months but last month her paycheck was $19707 just working on the computer for a few hours. read the full info here,,,,,,,,,,,
  • Anonymous
    Is it ok for comedians to make fun of people?
    • COCA
  • Anonymous
    Obese cornball should apologize for nothing
  • Anonymous
    How can everyone respond to racism, with racism towards other races?
  • Anonymous
    Damn, I expected so much more from the roots crew. smh. And even if people are acting a fool in Asia (as some comments suggest), YOU STILL CANT JUDGE A WHOLE RACE. Even if 99.9% of a race (any race) is acting questionable, as long as there is one person standing out in a race, you can't judge that race. Real talk. Peace to humanity.
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  • Far East
    I am living here in Japan and that's the way people talk. People here know that and even make fun of them damn selves. The Roots tour Japan yearly or even twice a year. They give a lot of love to Japan.
  • Anonymous
    Asians black face all the time .. you dont see them apologizing to the black people of the world ...
    • mindright
      "don't do what most MOST, do what you SUPPOSED to do"
  • Anonymous
    that was way better than Ricky Rosay or Lil Wayne's apologies. At least my man Quest can write his own damn letters instead of getting their lawyers to do it for them.
  • Fuck U Niccaz For Backtrackin The Shit Y'all Say
    LMAO niggas just LOVE to apologize to Asian people, shook ass mothafuckas
  • Slanted eyes
    I love the roots
    • Anonymous
      You mean the Loots
  • Anonymous
    Good job, Quest.
  • Super Nigga
    Am I the only one that doesn't understand ANY of his dumba$$ jokes? But apparently his fans do.
    • Anonymous
      That's cause you DUMB and he/his fans are not.
  • White Meat
    A mature and articulate response, that Duck Dynasty redneck would never apologize to the faggers and Naggers he insulted.
    • Anonymous
      Most ironic, and hypocritical comment ever.
  • Just sayin
    No one gives a fuck if ur racist to Asians they kill every animal around in the most painful way possible. They over-fish the oceans more than any one. And are the reason tigers n rhinos are nearly extinct cause these dumb fucks think grounded up tiger bones is gonna stop cancer spreading.............fuck em
    • lol
      WTF r u talking 'bout? Fucking Europeans kill not only animals but humans in the fucking past. What would you say about Holocaust and genocide of Native Americans though? Stupid dumb-ass should use their brains before saying some shit out of their fucking mouth lol
    • Duck goes blappp
      u look at any races history they have commited genocide ww2 Rwanda the Belgian-congo the Egyptians the romans. The Asians just keep on doin retarded over fishing hunting where its not sustainable