Actor and R&B singer Tyrese Gibson is not apologizing for the controversial remarks he made during an interview at a Delaware radio station in September.
While in town to promote his latest album and speak at an elementary school on behalf of a charity, Communities In Schools, he noticed a liquor store across the street from the Delaware learning institution and was NOT happy about it!
After the charity event, he was scheduled to talk to KISS 101.7 FM about his new music, but decided the interview was the perfect platform to share his outrage over the alcohol zoning issue.
We think it's an important issue that needs to be addressed, but the radio station's programming director did not share our sentiment.
Tyrese was kicked off the air and told his songs would not get played unless he apologized.
The Transformers star recently defended his remarks that day and says an apology is "never going to happen. Ever."
Good! His position is completely understandable!
Not only do we agree liquor stores have no business being across the street from schools, but Tyrese revealed his life was deeply affected by alcoholism, sharing:
“My mother struggled with alcohol for 27 years. By the grace of God my mother has been sober for 4 years from alcohol abuse. Alcohol in particular is a very sensitive subject for me because it killed my childhood.”
Ugh! So sad! Alcoholism doesn't just affect the person drinking the booze, it affects everyone around them — especially their children!
That's exactly why we applaud Tyrese for sticking to his convictions and raising awareness on the issue, as he continued:
"How are you all allowing a liquor bank to be directly across the street from an elementary school? The personalities that liquor stores attract should be far away from kids. They're innocent."
"This is not just a Delaware issue," he adds. "This is an issue everywhere in the country."
So true! Tyrese may have been able to survive and prosper despite his traumatic childhood, but a lot of children facing the same circumstances aren't as lucky.
"My position will never change," he says. "Period."
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