“I spoke out of turn on a subject I wasn’t particularly educated on,” he said.
Last week, Brody Jenner made some questionable comments about the Black Lives Matter movement, reposting a comment his friend made criticizing the behavior of Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher, two black men fatally shot by police in the past three weeks. After some serious Twitter backlash for the post and his use of the #AllLivesMatter hashtag, Jenner has reconsidered his position and posted an apology on his Instagram.
In his original reposted Instagram, Jenner asked, “Why is everything these days about race?” which prompted the entire Internet to say, buddy, where have you been? The comment, which has since been deleted (but preserved forever in a screenshot) reads:
“I normally don’t speak about this type of stuff, but this is just ridiculous. I can’t even watch the news anymore without getting pissed off. This has nothing to do with race. White, black, brown, any color…if you have an officer of the law telling you to exit your vehicle (or do anything for that matter)…you comply. And not only do you comply, but you do so willingly and follow directions completely. And why in the world would you exit that vehicle with a weapon in hand (allegedly?!) That makes no sense! And if, let’s just say, you DON’T have a gun, why would you not put your hands up in the air and state “I do not have a gun” so that the officers can clearly see that you don’t??”
But now it looks like Jenner is taking a new stand. A day ago, after deleting his original Instagram, he posted a new one, explaining how he’s been doing a lot of research over the past few days and understands why it was wrong to criticize Black Lives Matter and the conduct of Scott and Crutcher. Part of his research included reading L-Mani S. Viney’smoving essay for Vanity Fair on just why the BLM movement is so important.
After taking some time to reflect and learn a lot over the last few days, I want to address my careless and misguided posts last weekend. Having done more research into the Black Lives Matter movement, including reading a very informative editorial by @lmanisviney, I realize that my comments weren't thoughtful or substantiated. I spoke out of turn on a subject I wasn't particularly educated on. It was never my intention to exacerbate an already contentious situation in our country. I am a firm supporter of the African American community and I am grateful that my mistake allowed me the opportunity to increase my own awareness of Black Lives Matter, and hope that going forward we can continue this conversation in a positive and peaceful way.
One small step for Brody Jenner, one giant leap for anyone still wondering why Black Lives Matter matters.