“You Damaged My Brand”: Celebrities Who Have No Love For Black Media
Azealia Banks isn’t the only celebrity who’s fed up with Black media. These celebs say Black news outlets treat them unfairly, and they’re not happy about it.
Singer and outspoken reality star K. Michelle said that she’s “[angry] as s**t at the way my own people treat me, and how Black media has done everything in their power to destroy me 4 no reason…And Black media stop posting me on these blogs, stop asking 4interviews unless its something positive, something 2move the culture forward!”
Raven-Symoné is frequently criticized by Black Twitter for her comments. But when someone told her about Black Twitter’s disdain for her, she quipped that she doesn’t keep track of the hate: “I don’t even pay attention. Someone else told me that they were mad.”
When Ebony magazine criticized Stacey Dash for her “conservative, clueless political slant,” Dash used her platform on the Fox News program Outnumbered to tell Black media to “bring it! I have to stand for what I believe in, I have no choice, that’s just who I am.”
Azealia Banks recently begged Black media to stop covering her altogether, tweeting, “you have done the MOST damage to my brand.”
Bill Cosby seriously underestimated Black media when he stated that he expected it to stay “neutral” as the rape allegations against him mounted. And now that he’s been considered guilty by most media outlets, Cosby likely has less love for the Black publications he once believed in.
NeNe Leakes said that she was overjoyed at being granted the cover of Ebony‘s December 2012 issue — until Black media criticized the magazine for featuring “reality trash” on its cover.
She told The Daily Beast:
“It’s true and I know you’ve heard it a million times, [African Americans] just don’t support one another. But it’s OK for you to go pick up a magazine cover with Kim Kardashian.
She’s my girl. We are cool. We talk. We do drinks and all of that. But her story ain’t no different than mine. You know what I mean? I might’ve worked at the strip club, but she made a sex tape.”
NeNe Leakes is not the only celebrity to say they don’t feel supported by the Black media. Terrence Howard said in 2013 that he felt hurt when some turned on him for dating outside of his race.
“We have a crab mentality where we still pull each other down because of choices that we make, because I choose to marry an Asian woman instead of a Black woman […]
I think as Black people we have to start helping each other. If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say nothing at all.”
T.I. and Black Twitter found themselves in an awkward position when the Southern rapper came to the defense of his Australian protege Iggy Azalea.
Although she’s been called out several times for being racist and appropriating Black culture, T.I. said it was Black Twitter who has an “almost incoherent overly defensive, paranoid sense of… ‘All White People Wanna Steal Our Sh*t.’
Now as difficult as this is to believe…. We think all white people who do our sh*t… gotta kiss our a** or we don’t like em!!! ‘Dey shady!!!'”
Black Twitter touched a serious nerve with actor Faizon Love when he claimed they turned against Bill Cosby in response to his rape allegations. He went on a vitriol-filled attack.
Normally, everyone loves Winnie Harlow and vice versa. But when Black Twitter pointed out that White Winnie Harlow fans were trying to “steal” her look, Harlow and the media had a momentary falling out. The model said cultural appropriation is a myth, and “no one wants to steal our look.” Do you agree?
Halle Berry’s ex Gabriel Aubry — who was recently sued for straightening and lightening their daughter Nahla’s hair said that he goes “nuts” whenever the media calls his daughter with Halle Berry “black.” He’s even tried to get use of the word in publications retracted.
The rapper and actor has made his issues with Black media known over the last few years: