Tinashe Causes Social Media Outrage After Her Comments On Black Women In The Music Industry

R&B star Tinashe has sparked a controversial debate on Twitter following a recent interview with The Guardian.

The ‘2 on’ singer spoke out about her career, but it’s her comments on both sexism and women of colour in the music industry that have got people talking.

And perhaps for the wrong reasons.


While her early mixtapes are critically-acclaimed, the California-born artist’s career has gone more downhill in recent years.

And she seems to think it’s down to the black community not accepting her into the game.

The 24-year-old firstly spoke out about men in the music industry automatically having it easier than women.

It’s so much easier for male artists, I know it is.

Her follow-up album to her successful 2014 record has supposedly been ready to release for over 18 months.

And Tinashe claims it’s because her record label, RCA, were focusing on Zayn Malik‘s album release instead.

But it’s her further comments about ‘colourism’ in the industry that have shocked fans.

Recently, my cousin was with a friend of a friend, who was in high school, and she was like: ‘I’m a fan of Kehlani,’ but in a way that was like, ‘So I can’t be a fan of Tinashe, too.’ Then my friend posed the question, ‘Why not be a fan of both?’ It’s kind of like sport; people feel like they have to pick a side. 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.

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She also went on to talk about her own struggle with finding her place in the black community.

There’s colourism involved in the black community, which is very apparent. 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. I am what I am.

Many critics have been quick to say Tinashe’s comments are an excuse for the stall in her own career.

Plus-size blogger, Stephanie Yeboah, tweeted this sarcastic video clip in response to Tinashe’s claims.

Another fan wrote,

Listen, the reason why Tinashe is not as big as Beyonce and Rihanna is because, Bey and Rih been in the game longer than 10 years.

She continued,

Tinashe JUST came on the music scene like 2 or 3 years ago. Like girl, you gone have to WORK to get at least half where bey is.

Another tweeter also said that Tinashe’s skin colour has nothing to do with her career struggle.

Tinashe has good music but not good enough for her to be where Beyonce and Rihanna are, it has nothing to with her being mixed honestly.

While someone else quite rudely wrote that fans just aren’t into her.

Beyonce is light skinned. Mariah Carey is biracial. Rihanna is light skinned. J Cole & Drake are biracial. We’re just not into YOU Tinashe.

Others, however, have been sticking up for the star.

Why do people feel like Tinashe has no place to speak on colorism bc she’s mixed lightskin? Colorism negatively affects EVERYBODY.

And another re-posted a link to the original article saying,

Y’all baby girl said nothing wrong… Y’all don’t read.

Tinashe’s new single, ‘Flame’, has failed to reach higher than number 83 on the iTunes chart.