Did Akon Discriminate Against Darker Skinned Models On The Set Of His Latest Video?

November 27, 2013  |  

Source: WENN

For years rappers have been accused of being partial to lighter skinned women when selecting models to appear in their music videos. Unfortunately, it appears that the cycle is only getting worse. The latest rapper to be accused of being prejudice against dark-skinned models is Senegalese rapper Akon.

Recent reports have implied that while shooting a new music video with WizKid, the rapper turned away a few Ghanian models because of their darker skin tones. According to All Hip Hop, a few models who were reportedly turned away say that they were told by the person who originally invited them to the set said that producers only wanted “half cast” (aka mixed) women to appear in the video. As a result, people were reportedly seeking to organize a boycott against the “Play Hard” rapper.

TMZ recently caught up with Akon to discuss the allegations and afford him with the opportunity to clean up the rumors. He insists that the rumors are false.

“That doesn’t even make any sense. That don’t make sense at all, man,” Akon said in response to the allegations.

To clarify, the cameraman then asked if the rumors were true. Akon responded:

“Absolutely not. “

We’ll certainly take Akon’s word for it, though we don’t know many rappers who would actually admit to doing such a thing.

Watch his response below. Thoughts?

Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.

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  • Anthony blak martian Tinney

    A PREFERENCE! It`s only a problem when the black man has one!!!!

    • rainbow

      Only the black man has this preference

  • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

    i’m so tired of Akon & everything he does & says.

  • aspen rain

    With Ugly self, he got some nerve, I don’t care how much money he has..

  • Kelly

    You do know that Akon is American, right? He’s only of Senegalese origin. Anyway, that would be really stupid of him to do that!

  • Shanelle

    is not discrimination if it is his video he can do what he pleases. If
    he wants light skinned models than that’s what he likes, he is paying
    for it and this is the land of the free huh?? Let it be damnn I’m pretty sure we all have our preference… I’m light and I like dark men…. if a light skinned man looks at me I’m like… ok

  • Happy

    Well he had a dark girl as his main interest in the music video ‘Dont Matter’ (not sure if thats the title of the song). Hopefully the story is not true b/c he is too black to be turning down any kinda dark skin

  • enlightenment

    If he did discriminate against the darker-skinned women on his set, I don’t think anyone would be surprised. Some darker-skinned men experience brutal teasing as a kid and as a result, they pursue lighter-skinned women for validation, lighter kids.

    • aspen rain

      Please, just by marrying a lighter woman does NOT mean your kids will be light…

  • Amari

    Hello Pot meet ….. Black a** kettle ….. His mom clearly did not tell him the the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice..

  • jjac401

    How disapointing!

  • Ms. Kameria

    No surprises. This is nothing new in rap/ R&B artists’ videos. Not all, but most. It’s really nothing to even get upset about anymore. It’s part of a formula to get people to watch the videos, and if an artist “goes outside the box”, it probably won’t change for a while.

  • wveronica7

    He has NO room to discriminate

    • enlightenment

      No one should have any room to discriminate.

    • guest

      By taking a dig at his skin tone, you are just as wrong as he was.