Jul 23, 2012

Now let me be honest, I haven't listened to Eric Benet since he came out with 'Femininty' (that's still my song).  He just doesn't do it for me.  I figure if I want to listen to a guy sang in falsetto then why not just put on a Maxwell record.

So imagine my surprise when I learned about this controversy surrounding this new song Benet came out with entitled "Redbone Girl".  Evidently a lot of people where not happy about the singer professing his love for a 'caramel cream' clolored woman.

A lot of the criticism comes from the fact that people think the singer is perpetuating the European standard of beauty when it comes to this song.

Well, Benet is not taking the criticism lying down and he decided to speak out against what he finds to be 'racism'.

In a recent interview with CBS Local, Benet responded to critics who called him out for playing to conventional standards of beauty that value light skin over dark.

“I think it’s its own form of racism,” he told CBS Local of the controversy. “I did a song called “Chocolate Legs’ about my experience with a dark skin lady. There was no anger or uproar of ‘How dare you.’ So ‘Redbone Girl’ is one song about one experience about a girl who happens to be light complected but there was quite an uproar.”
As far as Benet is concerned, there is a double standard when it comes to how society and singers can express themselves about a woman’s beauty in the black community.

“You can talk about how wonderful it is to be with a dark complected person but how dare you talk about having an experience experience with light skin person,” he said. “By no way is ‘Redbone Girl’ me professing my preference for any type of skin color. It’s just the songwriter talking about one experience. When people look into it much deeper than that, it’s on them.”

To be sure, Benet is not oblivious to the longtime issues of race and colorism within the black community. He opens ”Redbone Girl” with a type of disclaimer that he hoped would inoculate him against such charges.

“I love all women,” he says on the song’s introduction. “I love them dark and light. Short, tall, thick, thin and back one more ‘gain.”

“He’s very specific about saying this is about one woman,” said Akiba Solomon gender blogger for Colorlines.com. “But he’s not taking into consideration the climate surrounding black woman and skin tone; the long history and what has been said about dark skin over time.”
So do we care about Eric's explanation?



  1. I'm not concerned about his explanation nor was I offended by his (or another artist for that matter) when they express their artistry about dark or fair skinned women.

  2. Personally, I'm not checking for Eric Benet one way or the other - he's just not on my radar and never has been. A real non-factor in the dialogue of my life. I have seen this issue around the Internet and only clicked on it because you were covering it.

  3. You ask do we care. Are you asking because you think we should be offended and he can't explain his way out of this? Or do we not care about his preferences?

    I do not care about his preferences. Even if he intended to slight darker skinned women, we cannot take every thing personally. What he prefers has no bearing on how I operate and how I feel about myself and hopefully this is true for other women.

  4. Its his favor flavor and he should not be ashamed of whatever and however he choose. Its the same as the other songs like Brown Eyed girl by Van Morrison and Brown Skin by India Arie & etc. Its about what turns him on! EVERYTHING ISN'T FOR EVERYBODY. Just because he isn't decribing you in a song doesn't mean he has a problem with your skin tone. It simply a choice of description of a flavor of woman that prefers. We alwyas trying to find something to complain about when we are feeling left out. GET OUT YOUR FEELINGS!!! It's just a song.

  5. "Now let me be honest, I haven't listened to Eric Benet since he came out with 'Femininty' (that's still my song). He just doesn't do it for me. I figure if I want to listen to a guy sang in falsetto then why not just put on a Maxwell record."
    I thought that I was the only one. Nah, I don't care- I haven't heard the song and will probably change my XM channel if it plays.