Why Do Black Women Still Support Tyrese?

She Matters: It's time to stop giving hard-earned dollars to celebrities who disrespect their fans.

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I didn't make too much fuss over that one because the last thing the world needs is more objectified black women wiggling around half naked in a video. But still, I find it unbelievable that there was a call for models to be featured in a Tyrese video and only homely black women showed up for the audition.

In the unlikely and far-fetched chance that this actually happened, then yes, he should have done another audition to "do a favor" for the women who look like the majority of the ones showing up at his venues -- who watch his shows and films and put his book on the New York Times best-seller list.

Oh, but he wasn't done yet. Months later, when the flak for that gaffe had finally died down, he was back at it -- this time taking shots "in particular" at "independent" black women" (and gay men) in an interview for Necole Bitchie.

"Then some women are so on this independent kick, they end up alone," Tyrese said. "You're going to 'independent' your way into loneliness. You go off and buy all the little poodles you want."

Independence is a problem ... except when women use their disposable income to buy his books, or purchase tickets to his concerts and summer blockbusters, right? Maybe his independent fans can curl up with their pups as they watch reruns of Baby Boy on BET.

Never have I seen an artist who is so ungrateful or disrespectful to his fan base but who feels all too comfortable pitching them products like his latest project, a self-directed and narrated documentary, A Black Rose That Grew Through Concrete. It's a chronicle of his life, from his humble beginnings to becoming a singer-author-actor.

More Tyrese? Maybe for you, but I'm good. I've already heard enough.

Demetria L. Lucas is a contributing editor at The Root and the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life. Follow her on Twitter.

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