LisaRaye: Society Doesn’t Permit Black Women To Behave Like Kim Kardashian And Taylor Swift
It seems that a sex tape could never do for a Black woman what we’ve seen it do time and time again for white women. A day full of taped sex and room service with Brandy’s little brother got Kim Kardashian a multimillion dollar empire. On the other hand, it got Mimi Faust a few checks from Vivid Entertainment, some Instagram memes and a married boyfriend who keeps popping up in her life like some incurable STD. There’s no denying the double standard and recently, actress LisaRaye McCoy chose to speak out about that.
“It’s them and it’s us,” she told 97.9 The Box last month. “With them, they can do whatever they want to do. They can date five or six guys—like Taylor Swift. We know that she has been through a lot of people at her young age. She sings about it all the time; let that be a Black girl and that’s a problem.”
“Let somebody do a sex tape that’s a Black girl and her career is ruined,” LisaRaye continued. “She’s not going to parlay it into fashion and stores and reality shows and marriage.”
While she doesn’t believe that it’s fair, the 47-year-old went on to say that because of this double standard, Black women have to be more careful and brand themselves differently.
Switching gears, LisaRaye also discussed her departure from “Single Ladies.” From the sounds of it, she wasn’t happy when the series made the switch from VH1 to Centric.
“They went from VH1 to BET’s Centric. I have done two episodes to close out my character. I’m closed out to be done.”
When asked why she left the series, the actress tried to keep it classy, but it was obvious that there was some tension behind the scenes.
“It should have been [more development with my character]. For me, I need a career builder and I’ve done it for four years. I was the face of the brand of the show. So now, I want to move on to something else. I’m ready to pass the torch and I’ve done that. You know, so that’s my politically correct answer.”
I stopped watching “Single Ladies” a while ago, but I was surprised to hear that LisaRaye chucked the deuces. Were you sad to see her go? What are your thoughts on her comments on the double standards faced by Black women?