Self-Help Guru Tony Robbins Receives Backlash Over Old Clip Of Him Using The N-Word
It’s #FlashbackFriday and some social media users went all the way and found an interesting clip of self-help guru Tony Robbins.
In an old clip obtained by Buzzfeed, Robbins can be seen trying to teach a crowd how to overcome racial differences. He shared a story about the time he had another speaking event filled with predominantly black people, where one attendee challenged him about why he only used “white examples” in his teachings. Robbins explained to the man that if he didn’t stop taking offense about matters of race he would “never be free.”
He told the crowd,
“As long as someone calls you a nigger and gets that kind of response I’ve seen right now, where you’re ready to explode, and what you’ve done is given that person absolute control of you,” he recalled saying. “You have no control in your life. You are still a slave,” Buzzfeed quotes.
Robbins said he then told the whole audience to,
“just do what I do just for a minute if you really want to be free and if you want to have some fun.” He proceeded to perform a dance in front of the crowd while singing, “I’m a nigger, you’re a nigger, be a nigger too.”
Apparently, his technique worked because audience members were also singing “I’m a honky” and black and white people were hugging. “Black, white, doesn’t matter to me,” he added.
Some people who weren’t aware of Robbins intentions quickly took to social media to share their disapproval over the old clip. Rapper 50 Cent shared the video along with the caption that read,
“🤨@tonyrobbins what the fuck kinda point were you trying to prove. 😠I know @oprah is not cool with this shit. #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac.”
Despite that, Robbins’ lawyers released a statement through the news site and said he didn’t mean any harm. They added that their client’s words were just taken out of context.
Robbins, “presentation was positive and was accepted in the context in which it was conducted: a passionate discussion about racism and how to rise above it.” They added: “any suggestion that Mr. Robbins is somehow racist or insensitive to the African-American community is absurd and false. Indeed, one of Mr. Robbins’ event partners for 25-plus years is an African-American.”
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