Method Man is an icon from the East Coast hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan. He’s been through a lot in his storied career, and the How High star recently expressed regret for the incident during Janet Jackson’s 2001 MTV Icon concert.
Method Man has apologized for ignoring Destiny’s Child during Janet Jackson’s “MTV Icon” special in 2001. The apology comes after 20 years since the incident. In a recent interview with Math Hoffa, the Wu-Tang Clan rapper recounted the offensive incident.
I didn’t like myself, so I didn’t like anybody f-cking else. So that meant anything that would have come in my circumference at that point in time was gonna get it. My family went through a lot with my ass during that era, man. And I can admit that I did take a lot of my f*cking misery out on them, and they did not deserve it. And I took some of my misery out on people at Def Jam that did not f*cking deserve it.
Fast forward, now it’s three members, they got the two new girls. We were at Janet Jackson’s Icon and I remember I had just come off-stage and where we were sitting, there were nothing but VIPs. We had NSYNC up here, Destiny’s Child right there, Tommy Lee was over here, [Pamela Anderson]. And I see the girls, so I kinda moseyed out of my seat to go over and say ‘What’s up’ to them. Now, this is still me in my low self-esteem era. But I’m thinking like, comfort zone here, I’m gonna say ‘What’s up’ to the girls. I love them, I’m just gonna say ‘Hi.’ I go over to say ‘Hi’ to them, and when I said ‘Hi,’ they didn’t even turn around and acknowledge me.
Now, my ass, in my head, with my low self-esteem is like, ‘They just sh*tted on me.’ When in fact, they didn’t even hear me. It was so loud in that muthaf*cka. That’s the excuse that I’m giving right now – they didn’t even f*cking hear me. Afterward, Rockwilder, he was gonna do the ‘Bootylicious’ song for them. He comes over, he’s talking to them, he’s like, ‘Oh, you know Red and Meth?’ And they put their hands out to shake, and I kept my hand here and was like, ‘Go ‘head with that Hollywood sh*t.’
To this day, that shit hurt my heart because neither Kelly, Beyoncé or Michelle ever did any-f*cking-thing to me. But me being so miserable and in that f*cking moment, I felt like they wasn’t treating me the way I should have been treated. Who am I to think that about these girls? They’re here to promote themselves and break records and things of that nature. And it was not about me, it was about Janet-f*cking-Jackson. And to this day, man, I don’t think I’ve ever apologized for that.
I apologize to Beyoncé, I apologize to Kelly Rowland and Michelle – y’all did not deserve that, at all.
He claimed that the incident occurred when he was experiencing poor self-esteem, which had an impact on how he treated other people. Then Method Man said he had an episode with Beyoncé. At the MOBO Awards in 1999, he claimed to have met the singer and the rest of Destiny’s Child through Jay-Z.
He described them all as being quite lovely, really cordial and all that. At Janet Jackson’s MTV Icon special in 2001, Method Man noticed Destiny’s Child and wanted to say hello since they left a positive impression on him as “some decent young ladies and sh-t.” Watch Method Man and Math Hoffa’s conversation below.
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