Sounding off. Teen Mom OG star Cory Wharton spoke out about his girlfriend Taylor Selfridge’s firing for her resurfaced racially insensitive tweets and revealed his status with MTV in a new statement on Wednesday, June 10.
“One of my favorite athletes of all-time is Kobe Bryant and one of his favorite philosophies is ‘Control what you can control.’ What I can’t control, though, is the decisions that MTV as a company has made,” the 29-year-old wrote to Us Weekly.
The reality star thanked fans for their ongoing support and expressed his appreciation for those who were eager to watch the arrival of their bundle of joy on the canceled Teen Mom OG at Home: Cory & Taylor’s Baby Special.
“I have such an amazing community that supports me, my family and my daughters,” he added. Wharton confirmed he has “not parted ways” with the network, telling viewers “that needs to be understood.”
“I’ve learned that burning bridges is never the solution,” he pointed out. “Even though I have no ill-will against MTV, I am disappointed and saddened by their decision. As all of you know, narrative is a very powerful tool. I feel like the narrative that you want about me should be accurate. It should be true, and it should be from me.”
The father of two said he will upload a video introducing the world to his daughter Mila via his YouTube channel on June 17, also promising an “inside look at [his] family” as they build their lives together.
MTV announced their decision to pull the special from the schedule in their statement about Selfridge’s dismissal. “[Our network] strongly condemns systemic racism and stands with those raising their voices against injustice,” it noted.
This was after fans brought up her 2012 tweets. “We have to greet everyone at work but sometimes I won’t greet the black people because they scare me,” one of the messages read. “My uncle is dating an Asian. Aunt Ping please make me sushi,” another read.
Selfridge, 26, took to Instagram with her own statement on June 10, apologizing for anyone she “hurt” or “offended” with her remarks. “My past does not define who I am today and I hope you guys can see the change,” she wrote. “Please respect my decision to provide a normal, healthy life for my family.”
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