Mathew Knowles sure knows how to land himself in trouble with Beyonce’s fans.
This week, the famous music maker sat down for what is being described as a controversial interview with Ebony magazine.
During the chit-chat, Mr. Knowles made the surprising confession that when he first met his ex-wife, Tina Beyincé, he thought that she was white.
He went on to say that being raised in the deep south during the fifties and the sixties he had many issues related to colorism.
The record label owner, who was born and raised in Gadsden, Alabama, went on to share a very unflattering story about his late mother.
Mathew said: “When I was growing up, my mother used to say, “Don’t ever bring no nappy-head Black girl to my house.’ In the deep South in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, the shade of your Blackness was considered important. So I, unfortunately, grew up hearing that message.”
He added: “I have a chapter in the book that talks about eroticized rage. I talk about going to therapy and sharing – one day I had a breakthrough – that I used to date mainly White women or very high-complexion Black women that looked White. I actually thought when I met Tina, my former wife, that she was white. Later I found out that she wasn’t, and she was actually very much in-tune with her Blackness.”
Needless to say that many of Beyonce’s fans are unhappy about the comment. Some are saying that they are disappointed that during Black History Month he is talking about something that is so irrelevant. A few believe that he is only conducting interviews to make money for child support.
One said: “Colorism is alive and existing today! it’s getting attention now tho which is good I hope people see the issue and try to resolve it. I’m pretty sure she’s a lot darker now than she was when she met him. You darken with age. You can see it in old photos. & You gotta be open-minded when you think about the period they were in when they met. Many lighter-toned black women were viewed as white in the 20th century & before.”
Another stated: “You’re too old to be this stupid! Black people come in different shades from light to dark, not just your complexion! I know the French were white yes, but we call them French. Black people are African, and we’re called black. Lmao but again Louisiana Creole is a mixed race of French (white), black (African) & Native American. Being Creole don’t qualify as white. I’m done talking to you because he does not know a damn thing about your own culture.”
A third person claimed: “That’s the ridiculous thing I’ve heard today. Your son has the same naps, but you’re pressed about a “ Nappy headed black girl” lol Now I need to see what his mom looked like so I can have me a good ol’ chuckle.”
What are your thoughts on Beyonce’s father’s comments?