TLC‘s Chilli has sparked an online backlash after saying “all lives matter” during a response to a question about the Black Lives Matter movement.
Chilli, AKA Rozonda Thomas, is currently gearing up with her fellow bandmember Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins to release the group’s first album in 15 years. Set for release on June 30, the self-titled album was funded on Kickstarter by fans who raised over $430,000 to cover recording and release costs.
However, TLC’s recent interview with Channel 4 News has sparked fury online after Chilli dropped in the phrase “all lives matter” during a question about the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I personally didn’t go into any marches, or anything like that, but for me, all lives matter, you know what I mean?” she said. “Because there is a time when different groups are targeted for different things, you know what I’m saying? So, I just think that, just the whole… what happened, police brutality, against these young black boys, all of that kind of stuff is wrong, even if it was a Caucasian teen kid that this was happening to or whatever. It’s just not right”
Watch a clip of the interview below.
Fans of the band voiced their displeasure at Chilli’s comments on Twitter following the interview, with one saying they were “beyond disappointed” with what she said.
How are TLC, proud pioneers of social consciousness in the 90s, gon' be so ignorant on the Black Lives Matter movement. Beyond disappointed. pic.twitter.com/ixvHfzM0Nq
— SARASWATI (@SARASWATAY) May 9, 2017
I was considering their tour over here. After this not buying no ticket.
— 𝓓𝓮𝓮 (@OrishaOsun) May 9, 2017
TLC – YOU DONT CARE!? – Cuz it doesn't affect U & U lack empathy. Ya,all live matter but "ALL" lives arent getting their asses killed. Dummy
— Maruška (@MaruskaMoore) May 10, 2017
Please stick to the rivers and the lane that you're used to. 🎼❌ pic.twitter.com/37p7of3lq5
— Lincoln Mondy (@LincolnMondy) May 10, 2017
Them answers TLC gave about Black Lives Matter & Trump 🤦🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️
— Destiny ⚜️ (@DanceBotDes) May 10, 2017
Meanwhile, TLC released the latest single from the new record, ‘Haters’, earlier this month.