"Good Deeds" Star Brian White: "I Don't Hate Black Women!"
Brian White defends his comments about black women
Actor Brian White, of the upcoming Tyler Perry film Good Deeds, is still feeling the heat regarding his comments about Black women from an interview he did last month with Hello Beautiful. When asked about the negative portrayals of women in Tyler Perry movies, White replied:
"The most popular character [in Why Did I Get Married?] - and it’s not the one that Tyler picked as the most popular - is Tasha [Smith]! You have Janet Jackson and Jill Scott; my point is they're huge music stars with huge fan bases, [but] Tasha became the most popular because her character is portrayed the most like “Love & Hip Hop,” the most like “Desperate Housewives of Atlanta,” [we think he means "Real Housewives Of Atlanta"]. You might as well switch it around and pop in Nene [Leakes]. Tasha is brilliant, she’s nothing like her character, she’s just portraying what she sees in society, magnified.“
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Black women quickly took White to task for what they felt were sweeping indictments. White claimed that his comments were taken out of context, and in order to appease himself with his fan base, spoke with Essence Magazine to clear up any misunderstandings:
"I said the majority of what we, as a community, celebrate in the media, isn't worthy of our women. Not the ones that I know and love. I've been out on the road with the UNCF, NAACP, and National Urban League doing Black Carpenter or working with little girls and boys in schools. I'm about that more so than anything else. I'm not trying to be famous; I'm trying to make a difference. That's all I meant to say. I apologize for any confusion."
Is Brian White correct in putting the onus on the African-American community for watching shows that perpetuate negative images of black women?
Or do black women have a right to be salty with White's opinion that stereotypes represent the majority?
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