Chilli has recently been the subject of the tabloids for some quotes taken out of context while doing an interview in London.
TLC is currently promoting their upcoming TLC album, set to be released June 30, and performed their first ever UK show on May 9. The tickets for the show at the KOKO in London, sold out within 2 minutes of going on sale.
UK fans came out to support TLC in full force, and the show had very positive reviews from critics-see The Guardian’s TLC Review – A forcefield of midlife R&B wisdom and physical energy
TLC did several interviews with media outlets in London this week to promote the show, the album, and their new single Way Back which hit #10 on the UK R&B Charts this week. Before interviewing, the girls made it clear to the interviewers that they were there to discuss music only, and not politics.
Regardless, Channel 4 News decided to ask the girls their thoughts on Black Lives Matter and Donald Trump during the middle of the interview. They then cut some of the comments and posted just the portion where Chilli was responding about not going to any marches, and that “all lives matter” because different groups are affected at different times.
Chilli was trying to be inclusive of everyone during this interview specifically being that she was in a different country trying to address concerns in her own.
The pieced together clip, intended to stir controversy, was released in standalone form on Channel 4’s social media networks, causing backlash against Chilli on social media.
The following is Chilli’s official statement on the subject:
Of course black lives matter and the killing of young black boys is heartbreaking to all of us. Everyone knows I am a black mother of a black son so there is no way I could watch what’s happening and not be affected. That video was from an interview in London asking me about issues happening in the U.S. My response was inclusive of everyone, but not meant to under value the Black Lives Matter movement or to suggest police brutality against blacks is acceptable.
Now then, go check out the new song, Haters, from the self-titled TLC album below!