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Ross apologizes for lyrics deemed pro-rape

NEW YORK (AP) -- Rick Ross has formally apologized for lyrics that some have called pro-rape.

Thursday's apology, in the form of a tweet, came the same day a women's group, UltraViolet, planned a protest outside of one of his sponsors, Reebok, in Manhattan.

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In Rocko's song "U.O.E.N.O," Ross raps about giving a woman the drug MDMA, known as Molly, and having his way with her. The song was released in January but just recently began getting widespread notice.

Although last week Ross said his lyrics were misinterpreted, he tweeted Thursday that he doesn't condone rape and apologized for lyrics that were "interpreted as rape."

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He also offered "apologies to my many business partners, who would never promote violence against women," specifically mentioning Reebok and UltraViolet.

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Apr 5, 2013 9:52AM
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How did the producer and the head of his music label think that this would be okay? Clearly this is bigger than just Rick Ross.  Am I suppose to drop my IQ and pretend that I don't understand english so that he can pretend he didn't talk about raping a girl? I do believe freedom of speech but at the same time there are so many young children (not teens) that are exposed to these lyrics that it will have an impact on how perceive the world and act out as adults. It is our responsibility to stop the brainwashing of the next generations. Violence, control, and demeaning of women must stop. 
Apr 5, 2013 7:13AM
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If you are going to take a persons lyrics and live by them when you choose to because you don't like a persons ethnicity or the music they do than I'll just say I'll pray for you.

Apr 5, 2013 6:45AM
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His lyrics were misinterpreted. OK, I hope he gets repeatedly raped with an ice auger. Oh wait, that was misinterpreted, I meant I hope he has a really nice day
Apr 5, 2013 6:39AM
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you are probably right he might not have apologized, because those where just lyrics to a song. people are always blowing things out of proportion, especially, if it comes out of a celebrities mouth. I think that he was just trying to make a rhyme. i have heard worser lyrics than that in heavy metal music, and rock and roll music, but again i say music is music it is put on earth for us to enjoy not to bass our lives on each and every word.
Apr 5, 2013 6:10AM
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saying sppok was that neccesary hes not a thug, he only plays one he was a correctional officer the lyrics are harmful ,he may have  some talent as a rapper but really hes a character a actor, nothing more nothing less
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