These Ne-Yo fans are “mad.”
The R&B singer prompted an outcry among conservative listeners after walking back on a controversial comment he made about parenting within the transgender community.
On Sunday, Ne-Yo, born Shaffer Chimere Smith, posted his 180-degree apology on X (formerly Twitter), claiming that he has always been “an advocate for love and inclusivity in the LGBTQ+ community.”
Several fans of the “So Sick” singer slammed the apology claiming that the rapper had nothing to be sorry for.
“Do not be weak Ne-Yo,” wrote conservative influencer and broadcaster Xaviaer DuRousseau. “You spoke facts that needed to be heard.”
“U caved to the mob that butchers children. Not sure how u can look yourself in the mirror,” slammed another irate fan.
Taking to X, the Grammy winner’s apology stated: “After much reflection, I’d like to express my deepest apologies to anyone that I may have hurt with my comments on parenting and gender identity.
“I’ve always been an advocate for love and inclusivity in the LGBTQ+ community, so I understand how my comments could’ve been interpreted as insensitive and offensive,” continued the hip-hop star. “Gender identity is nuanced and I honestly admit that I plan to better educate myself on the topic.”
The Post reached out to Ne-Yo for comment.
The mea culpa came on Saturday after the “One In A Million” crooner, 43, criticized parents for allowing kids to make “life-changing” decisions about their gender.
“I feel like the parents have almost forgotten what the role of a parent is,” said the rapper during an interview for VladTV. “If your little boy comes up to you and says, ‘Daddy I wanna be a girl,’ you just let him rock with that?”
“Where did he get that? If you let this 5-year-old little boy eat candy all day, he’s gonna do that,” added Ne-Yo. “Like, when did it become a good idea to let a 5-year-old, a 6-year-old, a 12-year-old make a life-changing decision?”
The three-time Grammy Award winner then claimed that he was from “an era” where a “man was a man and a woman was a woman.”
“There was two genders and that’s just how I rocked,” he said. “You could identify as a goldfish if you feel like, that ain’t my business. It becomes my business when you try to make me play the game.”
“I’m not gonna call you a goldfish,” added the hip-hop star.