“The whole thing about giving a Maybach to my son, that’s really like a racist question.”
Last month on ABC’s “Nightline” with journalist Martin Bashir, Sean”Diddy” Combs defended giving his son Justin Dior Combs a Maybach for his 16th birthday.
“I think its appropriate to give my kids whatever I want to give my kids,” he said. “I feel the way I raise my children, I don’t have to explain to you or anyone else, ’cause nobody knows the way I raise my children. So nobody knows the lessons that I’ve taught my children to understand, if they are mentally ready for that.”
Now a month later, the music mogul says he regrets having done the interview with Bashir and says that Bashir’s question about his son’s nearly $400,000 gift was downright racist.
He says in the August/September issue of Vibe magazine, “There were times in the interview when I had to give him an ultimatum. The questions weren’t being handled the right way. In hindsight, when I saw him I shouldn’t had done the interview because I know the style of interview that he does . . . The whole thing about giving a Maybach to my son, that’s really like a racist question. You don’t ask White people what they buy their kids. And they buy ‘em Porsches and convertible Bentleys and it ain’t no question. It’s really a racist question and put things back in perspective with money and the way that people still look at you. And I’m not saying that consciously he’s a racist. But he probably don’t even realize that he would not ask Steve Jobs that. He would be like Steve Jobs has that money and that’s the gift his kid is supposed to get.”