Toronto Raptors Delete Insensitive Women’s History Month Video And Apologize

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The Toronto Raptors have started off Women’s History Month by issuing an apology. This came after the team released a Women’s History Month tribute video that one Toronto news outlet called “misguided and rushed.”

In the video, Toronto Raptors stars Precious Achiuwa and Malachi Flynn are asked to respond to the question of “Beyonce said girls run the world. Why do you think that’s true?”

There are a million ways that could be answered but those two players chose to talk about human reproduction…

Malachi Flynn says “they are the only ones who can procreate” while Achiuwa says “they birth everybody.”

The Toronto Raptors quickly deleted their Women’s History Month tribute video after it was evident there would be backlash but not before the Internet took notice.

Molly Morrison of Bleacher Report shared the video before it was taken down:

Following the backlash over the Women’s History Month ‘tribute’ video, the Toronto Raptors released an apology according to Fox News. The team said:

We’re an organization that prides itself on doing the right thing when it comes to inclusion and representation, and we made a mistake (Tuesday). Our sincerest apologies to our players, our staff and our fans – we’ll work to do better today and every day after.

Of all the teams in the NBA to make a miscalculation like this, I wouldn’t expect it from the Toronto Raptors. Something about being the lone Canadian team makes me think they’re extra careful from a PR perspective.

Alas, the sports world was aghast at the video:

Yikes. I didn’t even think about this:

The people want to know:

Ultimately, the Toronto Raptors apologized and the world will move on. Toronto will hold a women’s empowerment tribute on March 14th when the Raptors host the Denver Nuggets.