Tyrese Gibson has blamed colorism for his meagre roles in the film industry.
Speaking with Leah’s Lemonade, the F9 star claimed that he lost a lot of roles to his friend and colleague Terrence Howard because Howard is light-skinned.
“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 the green eyes,” the 42-year-old actor said. “It’s crazy to me, like, I’m No. 1. I’m the star. I’m this blue-black, you know, all of the things that I was laughed about in the ‘hood.”
Gibson also had kind things to say about Lupita Nyong’o and Viola Davis, who soldiered on despite colorism in the industry, saying there is “this shift that has happened. I think we should all stay humble because it’s interesting how white people created this kind of colorism. The mixed-race gets to be in the house and the black blacks get to work in the hot sun and pick cotton.”
Gibson also spoke about the colorism he experienced as a child. “Throughout my whole childhood, it was not cool to be dark skin in the hood. It was always the light-skinned black people that seemed to have gotten all the attention and all the love and considered pretty, or attractive, or handsome,” Gibson said. “And since I’ve been in Hollywood we dealt with the same thing.”
He said a lot more.