by Shani K. Collins, Your Black World
After years of pursuing a career in acting, Tyrese Gibson has returned to the music scene and is preparing to release his new album “Open Invitation” later this fall. Gibson, who recently shot the “I Got a Chick” video which features R.Kelly and Tyga, has come under a barrage of criticism from Black women who are not very visible in the video. The majority of the women in the video are not Black, and of those who are, they arevery light in complexion.
The video features many scantily clad women, in stilettos massaging each other with oil, and serving as objects to be desired. Irrespective of the ethnicity of the women inthe video, such female objectification, many would argue, is enough grounds for criticism of Gibson. In response to the
criticism, Tyrese posted on his Twitter page that he “held a two-day open audition for the video, and simply went with the best women.” Furtherspeaking to the video he added, “Doesn’t matter the race; [I] love my sisters.”
Regardless of Tyrese’s purported love for Black women, the evidence is clear: in the case of his new video, the “best women” werethose who were non-Black and light-skinned, but also those who were most willing to be objectified.
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