Earlier this month, a clip from her “Cocktails With Queens” segment on Claudia Jordan’s Fox Soul show Out Loud was released where, at one point, LisaRaye said she “turned their island around” after marrying former Prime Minister Michael Misick. Claudia joked that she “upgraded the island,” to which LisaRaye said, “damn right! Say it for the b—hes in the back!”
But the star wasn’t necessarily joking.
“I did more for that island than I did for my own country and my own business, my own self,” she said.
When speaking on her marriage, she stated that early on, because Michael came into their union with so much, including money and power as prime minister, she felt like her value would come in bringing Hollywood to the Turks and Caicos.
“I became the poster child for Turks and Caicos because Turks and Caicos was a jewel of an island, an elite island, that no one knew about until I said, hey, here we are over here! An hour away from the Bahamas! An hour and a half out of Miami! We’re right next to Haiti! It’s beautiful! The sun and the sand and the water, come see what I found over here! I did that and I started businesses over there. I started opportunity over there and I did nothing for here.”
Soon after that clip was released though, those who are from Turks and Caicos started to lash out at the Player’s Club actress over her statements.
It got ugly fast, with Claudia claiming people were even hitting her up to complain about what the star said about her contributions to Turks and Caicos. Nevertheless, LisaRaye didn’t back down from her initial statements. On Out Loud With Claudia Jordan this week, she made it clear that she said what she said.
“Those people in your inbox were probably people who can’t even afford to go to Turks and Caicos, so next,” she said. “Secondly, that would be absolutely ludicrous for me to say Turks and Caicos wasn’t known, although it wasn’t known to me when I first met Michael. I didn’t know anything and didn’t even know how to pronounce it. But I stand by what I said.”
“As their first lady, I brought a lot of attention to Turks and Caicos Island. But that’s what I planned to do and that’s what I wanted to do,” she continued. “I brought the film festival there. I built a theater there. I brought the first ever carnival there, music festival. Calling my friends saying, hey, we may not have it in the budget to pay your fee, but if I can make a vacation out of it for you because I’m the first lady of this small country, and I want to shed some light on here, can you bring your talent over here so you can entertain our people?”
LisaRaye said she did that because as the place was home to Michael, through marriage, it became a home for her, so she did everything she could to bring it attention.
“I still feel that is a second home for me, so I will always be the poster child for Turks and Caicos Islands because it’s beautiful and because I called it home and I do want everyone to see it and know about it because they should,” she added. “It’s right next door to us. So that’s what I said and that’s exactly, again, what I mean.”
Hit the flip, per the usual, to see the different reactions people had to LisaRaye’s initial comments, and why some were so upset.
A commenter joked that the actress needed to stick to dancing to “Seems Like You’re Ready” like she did in Players Club instead of still speaking on her time as First Lady of the Turks and Caicos.
“I saw a post where someone said Lisa Raye is the queen of dancing ‘seems like you’re ready,'” the commenter stated. “Not Turks and Caicos.”
This Twitter user claimed the actress may not have had the positive impact that she thinks she had on T&C Islanders.
“Somebody please tell me what seeds this woman sowed in the Turks and Caicos that we are now reaping,” they wrote. “There’s nothing that anyone I know is benefitting from because of what she claims she did.”
Married to Michael Misick for about two years, a T&C Islander claimed the actress was more of a “breeze” than a gamechanger.
“Lisa Raye is so obsessed with Turks and Caicos,” the commenter wrote. “Sweetie we know we were the most interesting thing that ever happened to you and nothing else in your life will EVER compare…”
A commenter took LisaRaye’s comments as the actress claiming she unearthed the Turks and Caicos Islands, even though she didn’t say that, but rather, that she just helped to change the island for the better. Nevertheless, the individual tried to call the star a version of Christopher Columbus.
“She say she discovered Turks and Caicos ? Lisa Raye Columbus,” they wrote.
A few commenters said that people had quite the misconception when it came to LisaRaye’s role in the Turks and Caicos.
“At the end of the day, Lisa Raye was PAID by the Turks and Caicos government for her promotions of the islands, let her TALK THAT,” a commenter on YouTube stated. “I don’t hate her but she is misleading the media as if it all came out of the goodness of her heart of being ‘First Lady’ at that time. The promotion she speaks of wasn’t free. The Music Festival Paid for by the government, Film Fest Paid for by the government. We appreciate the ‘discount’ you negotiated.”
There were other commenters who too attempted to paint her initial comments as an attempt at Columbusing, which is a newer term defined as giving the impression that you discovered something that is, in fact, not new.
“Sis say ‘look what I found,'” a commenter said on Twitter. “Sounds very christopher columbus.”
An upset commenter didn’t hold back after hearing LisaRaye’s initial comments.
“She put Turks on? Lisa Raye? If anything she degraded Turks that’s why she got dropped like hot cakes,” the person said. “No Elite celebrities even does follow her or care to want to go where she go. Keep mentioning us just to keep relevant n get paid.”
An individual said they felt the way LisaRaye has talked about Turks and Caicos, she needed to direct that energy towards her ex-husband, Michael Misick, instead of the Islanders.
“Every time Lisa-raye talk but [sic] TCI she insult us whyyyyy,” they wrote. “it was Mike that did you dirty not us.”
A critic of the star said her initial comments should have been a shock to no one.
“Why are you all so shocked that Lisa Raye talks about us in that regard EVERY time? The same way we had Mike on the highest pedestal (saying we for the majority), we had Lisa Raye up there at one point as well,” they said. “Now, she will always paint us as helpless island people.”