KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday October 4, 2016 – Blame Etana’s “lack of knowledge about certain issues” for her controversial comments about backing US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

That’s what the Jamaican singer has said, after facing backlash from fans for an interview on TVJ’s entertainment programme, Entertainment Report (ER), in which she declared her support for Donald Trump and made statements about racial profiling.

The “Not Afraid” singer issued a statement saying she sincerely accepted individual responsibility for her comments.

“Some of my comments/statements were not fully explained based on time restrictions due to the nature of the entertainment program, while other comments/statements were simply as a result of my lack of knowledge about certain issues,” she said.

“Following the interview, I recognized how aspects of my statements negatively affected my fans, friends and supporters, therefore, as I firmly stated in my initial statement to fans yesterday on social media, I sincerely apologize. Additionally, I wholeheartedly appreciate all your comments and I’m using this experience as teachable moments, as I continue to grow socially and consciously, attaining the knowledge needed to continually deliver music we all have grown to love and support.”

Etana, born Shauna McKenzie, also addressed the comments she made regarding social profiling, insisting that she is not prejudice.

“I do not believe in racial profiling nor any form of discriminatory approaches against anyone or any group of people. As I indicated in my ER interview, it is my belief that for years we have been underserved and underrepresented by individuals elected to serve us, and it’s important that certain social issues be brought to the fore,” she said.

“I love what I do. Positive, uplifting and socially conscious music is my passion; my music is for the world, it’s for all people, no matter their ages, from all walks of life. My music seeks to unite and not divide – it’s all about unity and an appreciation for people and life, while highlighting the challenges we may face individually and collectively.”

Etana is now off to Africa for a series of shows, including the All Nations Reggae Fest 2016 in South Africa.

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