AceShowbiz - Big Daddy Kane has issued a statement after he pushed an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter off stage during a performance on Friday evening, January 14. The 53-year-old rapper took to his Instagram account on Saturday to issue an apology over the "misunderstanding."
After receiving backlash over the action, Big Daddy Kane posted a video addressing the matter. While the rapper shared a viral video of him kicking off the interpreter, who is identified as Billy Sanders, he noted that most people didn't watch the clip of him apologizing to the interpreter after learning of the situation.
"My bad," the rapper could be heard telling the interpreter. He then addressed the audience, "I want everyone to enjoy."
Further explaining the situation, Big Daddy Kane said, "Y'all, I've done crazy stuff in my life but I would never try to disrespect an interpreter who is doing a sign language for the deaf community onstage." He went on to claim that he and his manager were "clueless" as no one told them that there was going to be an interpreter.
"So when I came on stage and saw someone just mouthed the lyrics, you know, I was just trying to get him off the stage. But no one showed the clip of me apologizing to the brother and allowing him to stay on stage and finish the show. No one showed the clip of me apologizing to the crowd. Because as I said in the clip, I want everyone to enjoy and that means even those who can't hear it," he continued.
The "I Get the Jobe Done" MC further noted that he was given an opportunity to talk with the deaf community alone to explain the situation. Concluding his clip, the rhymer said, "Anyway though, much respect to the deaf community. I would never disrespect y'all, and once again, much love to that interpreter. Again, I apologize, my brother."
Despite his apology, some people still came at the rapper. "Anyone can film a section of a narrative for their personal gain. I'm giving you the facts, though," he replied to one comment from a critic.
Some others, meanwhile, defended the artist. "In these times I don't blame him. He should've been informed that someone else was going to be on stage with him. It was the Brooklyn thing to do, he sincerely apologized. I really dislike what social media has done to the collective," someone wrote. Another person called his video the "best apology I ever seen from a star."