Chinese rapper PG One has blamed the influence of ‘black music’ after his song ‘Christmas Eve’ was criticised for ‘publicly insulting women’.
The 24-year-old star came under fire for the 2015 track, in which he reportedly raps about forcing himself on a woman.
He has also been accused of promoting drug use in the song with lyrics like: ‘Sleeping in the day, shouting at night, pure white powder walking on the board.’
China Women’s News, which is published by the All-China Women’s Association, ran an opinion piece last week blasting the rapper for ‘instigating drug use among youths and publicly insulting women.’
The rapper later apologised on social media, claiming he would remove the track from the internet and promised to promote ‘positive energy’ in his future projects.
PG One, who rose to fame last year when he won TV reality contest The Rap of China, said: ‘I was deeply influenced by black music in the early days when I was exposed to hip hop culture, and I didn’t have a correct understanding of core values of hip hop culture.’
He added: ‘The spirit of hip hop should always be peace and love.’
But his apology ended up attracting even more criticism from fans.
One said on Weibo: ‘What does insulting women have to do with black music? Strictly speaking this is racial discrimination.’