‘I’m More The Color Of A Popeye’s Chicken Breast:’ JasFly Reacts To Critics Who Slam Her For Not Considering Herself Dark-Skinned

May 15, 2013  |  

During Monday night’s episode of VH1’s The Gossip Game, journalist JasFly garnered a few questionable looks when she revealed to her co-star K.Foxx that she didn’t really consider herself a dark-skinned woman. Her comment appeared to shock viewers and K.Foxx, who told her, “You are dark-skinned” and “You just seem like you’re in denial.” Since the premiere of that episode, the outspoken columnist has received some pretty harsh criticism from viewers who also believe that she’s in denial about her skin complexion. In response to her critics, the reality star fired off a handful of tweets in regard to the debate.

She also composed a blog post titled, “I am Not Leaving You,” in which she discussed the controversy, explaining that she doesn’t identify with any complexion because she just considers herself to be Black. An excerpt from her post reads:

“Last night, episode 7 of The Gossip Game began with a scene between K Foxx and myself at ooVoo. I’d seen her interview with the beautiful Brittany Sky, the lead from Kendrick’s ‘Poetic Justice’ video and posed a question that unfortunately didn’t make it into the episode: Don’t you feel that ‘colorism’ in any form (light over dark or dark over light) is wrong?

It was that question that began the exchange that was aired. K Foxx felt passionately that the mass mistreatment of darker African-Americans (particularly women) warranted some recompense and was puzzled why I didn’t feel the same. She was sure I’d experienced some of the same color-biased disrespect that she’s encountered over the years.

But I haven’t. On my best days my skin is a glowy pecan, on the average day I’m more the color of a Popeye’s chicken breast. My skin sits between two shades of most foundations (this told to me repeatedly by accomplished make-up artists). I choose the darker so that even when I sweat, I won’t look ashy. I don’t consider myself dark skin or light skin. I’m fully aware that the color-bias does exist both ways, and it angers me but I’ve never experienced it first hand. I’ve always simply fallen in the middle. I’m brown. I’m never included in the discussion. And I’ve never really been told that I’m ‘dark skin’…Until K Foxx.

By this afternoon hundreds of viewers had made a point to tweet/Instagram/FB message me. The comments ranged from, ‘how could you be ashamed of your dark skin?’ to ‘girl you are not lightskin’ to my personal favorite, ‘You’re darkskin, if this were slavery you’d be in the field with the rest of us.’

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