He Tried It: Black Men Who Played Themselves Trying To Come For Black Women
Honestly, it’s hard to pinpoint just one moment of ignorance from Tyrese, but we think his most egregiously patronizing advice to Black women came in 2011 when he said:
I want to say to all the women out there, especially black women in particular, y’all are on this independent kick. “I don’t need no man, I’m independent.” I want y’all to know the difference. There is a very big difference. Independence in the eyes of a man is when we say we want an independent woman; we don’t want a woman that’s [depending on] her […] nice body to help her get through life. You don’t wanna work, you don’t want to go to college or school, you’re not inspired to do anything on any level to try and help further yourself on any level. You just want to […] free-load… nobody wants that as a man.
Then some women are so on this independent kick they end up alone. You’re going to independent your way into loneliness. You go off and buy all the little poodles you want. “At least my dog is happy to see me when I get home everyday.” That dog or “rabbit” will never be able to replace what a real man can do for you.