Tyrese is an A list actor and aside from Tyson Beckford has been deemed one of the industry’s best looking dark skin men. With that being said, it doesn’t mean he’s exempt from colorism. In a new interview with Leah’s Lemonade, he spoke candidly about the topic and how he says he’s lost out on a number of roles because of skin color. “Throughout my whole childhood, it was not cool to be dark-skinned in the hood,” he said. “It was always light-skinned Black people who seemed to get all the attention, all the love, and were considered pretty or handsome.”
“Since I’ve been in Hollywood, we’ve dealt with the same thing,” Gibson continued. “I just did a film with Terrence Howard, and you know we’re able to joke about it now, [but] I was the star of a film. They had an idea to go with someone I won’t mention, and I suggested Terrence Howard,” he added.
“And he thanked me for like a week straight…he was thanking me for booking him. And I was thinking to myself, Terrence Howard has no idea how many roles that I was about to book, and they went with him because he’s the lighter-skinned Black man with green eyes. It’s crazy to me; like, I’m number one. I’m the star. I’m this blue-black, you know, all of the things that I was laughed about in the ‘hood,’” he added.
This is one of those topics where I can imagine who is going to respond saying “I’m tired of everything being about race” but some things simply are. Look at the skin lightening market. It’s booming. That’s evidence enough of colorism in the world. And every so often a celebrity gets called out for saying something ridiculous about dark skinned people so we know this is a thing.