RAPPER P.DIDDY has spoken out about his controversial interview with British reporter, Martin Bashir and branded his questions ‘racist’.
The Bad Boy impresario was interviewed by Bashir for ABC News’ Nightline programme and was questioned about gifting his 16-year-old son Justin a $400,000 (259,672.81) Maybach car on his birthday.
The father of six told Vibe magazine that he thought such questioning was racist and that in hindsight ‘I shouldn’t had done the interview.’
He said: “The whole thing about giving a Maybach to my son, that’s really like a racist question. You don’t ask white people what they buy their kids. And they buy ‘em Porsches and convertible Benteys and it ain’t no question.
“It’s really a racist question and put things back in perspective with money and the way people still look at you. And I’m not saying that consciously he’s racist. But he probably don’t even realise that he would not ask Steve Jobs that. He would be like ‘Steve Jobs has that money and that’s the gift his kid is supposed to get. “The questions weren’t being handled the right way. In hindsight, when I saw him, I shouldn’t had done the interview because I know the style of interview that he does” He continued.
Bashir has become known for rubbing celebrities up the wrong way. In 2003, he conducted a series of controversial interviews with Michael Jackson. Following the broadcast, which was viewed by 14 million in the UK and 38 million in the US, it was claimed that the journalist had doctored the interviews in order to paint Jackson in an unflattering light and further heighten the claims of child molestation made against the star.
Jackson and his personal cameraman released a rebuttal interview, which showed Bashir complimenting Jackson on being a wonderful father. As a result of this controversy, Bashir was voted fifth in the Channel 4 poll of 100 Worst Britons.
Source: Voice online