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Cousins! After a hiatus from social media, Erica Mena has returned to Instagram to extend an apology to fans following distasteful comments she made on Love And Hip Hop: Atlanta.
In a post to her verified Instagram Erica wrote, “I deeply regret my insensitive comment and want to humbly apologize to anybody I hurt or offended by my thoughtlessness. My choice of words was wrong, and I take full responsibility for what I said.”
As we previously reported Erica received major backlash following an aired episode where she referred to fellow cast member Spice as being a Blue Monkey. The two women were in the midst of an exceedingly heated conversation that escalated when they discussed the topic of motherhood.
Within her recently forwarded statement to TMZ, Erica insisted that her comments didn’t derive from a place of racism and that she is eager to use her platform to educate others including herself.
“I am committed to listening to the voices of those affected and will work toward making amends. As a woman of color and the mother of two black children, I want to make it clear that my use of that word was not in any way racially driven.”
Erica is said to identify as an Afro Latino women deriving from Puerto Rican and Dominican roots.
She adds, “That said, I do understand the gravity of what I said and want to use my platform to promote inclusivity and equality.”
On September 2nd Love and Hip Hop executives shared on social media their decision to cut all ties with Erica following the controversial moment. “The Love & Hip Hop franchise has never shied away from hard conversations in our community. Working hand-in-hand with our partners, viewers will see the impact of Erica Mena’s remarks play out in the final three episodes of the season.”
The Allblk network also followed suit and announced that they don’t condone Erica’s behavior while declaring that she will not be apart of the cast of Hush moving forward.
Following Erica’s apology fans asked if Spice had extended an apology to her in regard to the comments she made about her son not liking her. Erica responded to the commenter in saying ” She will never have the guts unfortunately.”
Cousins, what are your thoughts on this moving forward?