During the segment, Dineva said Blue was “ugly” just like her father. Shortly after, the pop culture personality experienced backlash from users on social media angered that he would make such comments about a child.
One user wrote, “I can no longer support @FunkyDineva after his comments about Blue. Period.”
I can no longer support @FunkyDineva after his comments about Blue. Period.
— Ree 🌻 (@mariamariaa7) November 30, 2018
Funky Dineva won't have a job by the beginning of 2019. How you gon call Blue Ivy ugly and you look li-nope! I'm not gon do it.
— Me Hoy Minoy ⚜️ (@kaNEiNAbEE) November 30, 2018
In his apology video, the 35-year-old said his choice of words was “gross,” particularly because he is a “grown a** man” who made fun of a “defenseless” child for the sake of a joke and being dressed in character.
“I am a firm believer of ‘say what you mean, mean what you say,’ [and] ‘stand firm in your word while you’re walking your talk,’” Dineva said in his nearly five-minute clip.
He went on to explain why he made the “offensive” punchline and attributed it to not thinking before he spoke.
Dineva continued, “I’m upset with myself. I’ve said some off the wall things before in the name of comedy, and I’ve stood by them all and defended them all, and told the general public, you know, ‘Forget you. You’re just gonna have to be mad.’ But this is one of those things that I’m not proud of. I can’t stand in this one”
He acknowledged his faults stating, “I recognize wholeheartedly that what I did was wrong. I apologize first and foremost to Blue Ivy, and I apologize to the Carter family.”
Dineva said he would be mindful of the comments he makes about children moving forward.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.