Eric Benet ‘Redbone’ Song Faces Racist Charge
After his unfortunate decision to name an album “Hurricane” just before Katrina destroyed Louisiana in 2005, R’n'B crooner Eric Benet is again being blasted for calling a song “Redbone.”
The controversial track which is lifted off his sixth studio album “The One” features rapper Lil’ Wayne and tells the tale of a man who had a love affair with a light skin woman.
It will come to no surprise to learn that Benet is being slammed for being a racist who is dissing dark skinned ladies.
The “Spanish Fly” singer has decided to tackle the drama head on.
He sat down with CBS to explain the reason behind the song saying that when he released “Chocolate Legs” in 2008 (which was featured on his fourth studio “Love & Life”) the black community applauded him but when he talks about a redbone chick he becomes a monster.
“I think it’s its own form of racism.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.”
He went on to explain that next time around he will talk about Asian women:
“I think the fact that we are talking about it, it’s an issue.Now it makes me, on my next record, want to talk about an experience with an Asian girl. What I was trying to do as a songwriter is talk about the beauty of all. One at a time. The fact that it’s so sensitive, we need to talk about it.”
You can listen to the entire interview below.
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