Tinashe draws the ire of social media users.
Tinashe's new interview with UK publication The Guardian has caused some blowback to come her way online.
In the piece, Tinashe started off talking about her long-delayed new album, but it veered quickly into the starlet's strong opinions on the sexism and colorism that she says are rampant in the music industry. On the former issue, she explains: "Male artists don’t really co-sign female artists like that, and if they do it’s always like, 'Are they f**king?' It’s never, 'Oh, I really like her music.'"
She goes on to say that there's only room for a certain number of black women in the hip-hop landscape, in terms of archetypes. She said, "There are hundreds of [male] rappers that all look the same, that sound the same, but if you’re a black woman, you’re either Beyoncé or Rihanna. It’s very, very strange." Additionally, Tinashe clarified that this is an issue of colorism, iterating "It’s about trying to find a balance where I’m a mixed woman, and sometimes I feel like I don’t fully fit into the black community; they don’t fully accept me, even though I see myself as a black woman. That disconnect is confusing sometimes."
Users on Twitter were decidedly less forgiving when it came to Tinashe's stance, turning the focus to the "real" reason she is having trouble with her image.
Tinashe not gonna get on my dark skinned nerves today with this color stuff. That ain't your real struggle, boo.— Pamela James (@xKRAYneC) June 13, 2017
Tinashe: I'm not really accepted by the black community bc i'm mixed.— Second Lead Vocalist (@VirgoJ24) June 13, 2017
Black folks: You're mixed?
Tinashe's issue is her image. All she gotta do is switch it up and fire everyone in charge of her marketing and PR. Hire from the TL. Lol— T'Challa Fett (@thirdeyesquints) June 13, 2017
Tinashe's style, brand, or rebranding is never successful bc she hasn't made herself interesting enough— ActualBlackMermaid (@Imani_Yvonne) June 13, 2017
Me during this Tinashe discussion on the timeline pic.twitter.com/oaLEYzG9Il— 💅🏽 (@MADBLACKTHOT) June 13, 2017
Tinashe's real problem is that she has no swag, talented girl but she's just a generic pretty girl. She doesn't command attention.— Ra's al Ghul (@Wildebee_) June 13, 2017
Tinashe feels wut she feels I'm not about to dismiss that. But I think she used the wrong word to describe wut she is going through.— Common Sense (@HollowSense) June 13, 2017
Tinashe and Logic should drop an album together called "The MixedTape".— NUFF 💬 (@nuffsaidNY) June 13, 2017