June 15, 2023 | Kali Girl

According to Hip Hop DX, Tank came to the defense of Babyface, who faced backlash and was ousted from Anita Baker’s tour as a result of relentless bullying from the revered R&B singer’s fans. Taking to Instagram, the “Maybe I Deserve” crooner stood up for his friend and mentor, emphasizing that Babyface has done nothing to warrant such harsh criticism and expulsion from the tour.

“It’s really hard for me to stand by and let one of my heroes, one of the nicest human beings ever, just be attacked and be vilified for no reason,” Tank began.

“When a man stands accused of doing something that hasn’t done anything. He apologized to his fans for not being able to perform after he was told he would not be able to perform. So somehow, whatever happens after that is his fault? And then you kick him off the tour?”

“He didn’t do anything! He didn’t say anything! Nobody’s gonna say anything? We have to protect our Black women, and I see where you guys are, I understand. But who’s protecting our Black men? Our Black heroes? That guy?”

In a recent development, Babyface, the renowned artist, faced an unfortunate consequence as Anita Baker, the talented “Body and Soul” singer, removed him from her tour. Alleging mistreatment by his fervent fanbase, Baker expressed her distress over the online bullying she had endured.

Consequently, on Tuesday, she made the decision to exclude Babyface from her upcoming Songstress Tour. Despite this setback, the tour will proceed as planned later this month, but without the presence of Babyface.

“After Silently, Enduring Cyber Bulling/Verbal Abuse & Threats of Violence from the Fan Base, of Our Special Guest/Support Act,” she wrote on Twitter. “In the Interest of Personal Safety. I will continue, The Songstress Tour, alone. Appropriate refunds will be made. Blessings.”

Babyface admitted he was “saddened” by the tour removal and the way things played out via social media. “I am saddened by the news that Anita Baker has decided to remove me from The Songstress Tour,” he said in a statement. “It’s unfortunate and disheartening to see how things have played out via social media.

Responding to a series of critical tweets, Baker said, “There is A White man, behind these Grown Black Men… harassing Me & Gaslighting, My Fans,” she wrote while subliminally accusing somebody behind-the-scenes of the tour. “Because he Cant take over, this Tour… sO? He wants to Destroy it. Kenny’s Crazy Narcissist call off, your Boys.”

Anita Baker continued claiming the internet trolls wanted to “fight” her: “These trolls… are *On Massa’s payroll*. Creating Fake News/Slander & Harrassment. This is what, happens, when Boundaries & Blessings, Manifest into Beautiful Karma & Growth. #AnitaBaker They wanna fight a 65 yr old Woman.”

Adding to his response, Babyface said, “While I was looking forward to the rest of the dates, I have nothing but love and respect for Anita and I wish her the best with for the remainder of the tour.”

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