Questlove Apologizes to Japanese Community for Instagram Posts

He made some folks angry as he documented his recent trip to Japan.

Questlove arrives at the Staples Center for the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
Questlove arrives at the Staples Center for the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

Questlove has issued an apology for some insensitive social media posts from his recent tour of Japan.

This picture, which has since been deleted, pokes fun at a Japanese department store clerk’s voice:

He also posted this Vine video, in which he inverts letters in a caption that appears to mock Japanese accents:

Allhiphop.com reports:

In his apology originally posted on Okayplayer yesterday (December 26th), ?uestlove explains that he was merely comparing the Japanese woman’s vocal tones “to that of a (church) deacon speaking in tongues.” However, there were multiple instances of Questlove stereotypically replacing the l’s with r’s when describing a few Japanese people and places he encountered.

Questlove posted an apology on Facebook. Read it below:

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