Tory Lanez trended online on Sunday after posting a clip of him calling back a dark-skinned woman into a video shot after the director tried to replace her for a lighter-skinned woman – but according to one of the ladies from the shoot… it was all a LIE!!
“This is an On -Going problem in our community of entertainment that needs to stop . As a black man , Sometimes I’m going to joke about the black community just like we all do . BUT WHAT IM NOT GOING TO DO IS ALLOW ANY OF THESE DIRECTORS TO DE-VALUE OUR BLACK WOMEN … countless times I’ve seen directors swap out our women of color for women of lighter complexion, or women with straighter hair ETC . … IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS ARTIST TO STAND UP AND NOT LET THIS HAPPEN .. it’s BEEN time to embrace our woman of color #BlackIsBeautiful” Lanez captioned the post.
His efforts were lauded on social media and supporters chimed in about colorism in the entertainment industry – but according to at least one report – Lanez was not entirely truthful about how it all went down.
DJ Akademiks, a close pal of Lanez, posted a series of Instagram posts which disputed the story that he told.
“The women who were in the #torylanez video and also the directors are claiming it didn’t go down the way Tory described it on Instagram,” Akademiks wrote according to Complex. One of the women in the video wrote that Lanez said to cut the video “to make it appear as if it had something to do with race.”
Akademiks has since deleted the post.
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