UPDATED 11/3, 9:49 a.m. ET: Relationship Unleashed and CEO Gwendolyn D. Clemons have spoken out about TMZ misrepresenting her emailed remarks on DaBaby.
“Our organization stands on strong principles of being defenders of the LGBTQIA Community and nothing has changed. … Today we were [engulfed] by the news outlet in a fire we did not start!” reads an Instagram post from Relationship Unleashed. “Our comments to a brief question was grossly misquoted and intentionally framed in a click baiting headline to drive traffic to TMZ. … We vehemently deny this assertion and the reporting does not align with our values or mission.”
The post says the organization has communicated numerous times with the TMZ producer it originally communicated with in an effort to get the outlet to “retract, correct, or delete this erroneous story.”
“Clemons stated that the writer completely disregarded many qualifying points she shared that nuanced the heart of the question about DaBaby. The greater points she shared were completely ignored, therefore resulting in an overall misleading story,” reads an additional post. “The changes TMZ asserted from our email [have] intentionally attempted to transform her from an insightful and thoughtful leader to an insensitive, irresponsible rogue voice for the LGBTQIA+ community, says Clemons.”
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The CEO for Relationship Unleashed, Gwendolyn D. Clemons, reportedly told TMZ her nonprofit approved of DaBaby’s recent performance at the New York installment of Rolling Loud, and that it would support any future live performances by the rapper.
This comes after Clemons confirmed that DaBaby sat down with her organization and other LGBTQ groups and educated himself on why his homophobic comments were problematic, and how the AIDS virus impacts even his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Clemons said he really listened to them and was simply ignorant before, adding that he didn’t truly understand the impact of his homophobic comments at Rolling Loud Miami.