On Sunday, comedian Mike Epps joined singing group Mindless Behavior on stage to perform a funny skit and announce the nominees for the Best Female R&B award at the 2012 BET Awards. The young group was supposed to diss Epps’ attempts to be a part of the group, but the jokes were taken a little too far when MB member Ray Ray made a comment about Lauryn Hill and her recent troubles with the IRS.
While laughing at Epps and his poor singing Ray Ray said:
“You sing bad. Like Lauryn Hill tax accountant bad.”
Epps tried to play it off with some witty remark, but the tension in the audience was obvious.
The winner of the award, Beyonce, then came on stage, and during her acceptance speech gave a little scolding to the young singer:
“I wanted to thank all the talented R&B women who came before me like Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige.”
It was a clear reprimand and a moment of sisterly solidarity.
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This past Tuesday, the Mindless boys took to Twitter to apologize for the remark and any disrespect felt by viewers:
“We meant no disrespect to our girl Lauryn Hill last night, it was a bad joke. We’re big fans and hope you’re not mad! #peace –MB”.
As far as jokes go, it is obvious that this was a bad one that certainly should not have been uttered on national television, but I applaud the group for apologizing on the BET Awards show writers’ behalf. Yes, the BET writers. Mindless Behavior was only reading the teleprompter, so the disrespect actually came from a BET writer for the show. There has yet to be any formal apology from the network or a reaction from the former Fugees member, so it seems like this incident will be added to the list of surprising things that occurred at the 2012 BET Awards show.