John Legend is gentleman! The singer was asked about a recent racist incident at JFK airport with his wife, Chrissy Teigen. Chrissy recently tweeted, “Paparazzi at JFK just asked me ‘if we evolved from monkeys, why is John Legend still around?’ … Also, John is right next to me. The balls.” Legend was at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah when Variety questioned him on the incident.”We were right next to each other and we looked at each other like, ‘Did he really just say that?’ And he really said it. He basically called me a monkey.”
He continued, “Black folks have had to deal with being called monkeys for a long time, and dehumanization has always been kind of a method of racism and subjugation of black people and that’s just part of American history — and it’s part of the present, apparently. We saw with the former president, [Barack] Obama, whenever people wanted to discount him or discount his wife, they compared them to apes. And we’ve seen that frequently. I’m not hurt by someone saying that to me because I’m smarter, I’m stronger. I look down on that person that would say something like that. But it’s a shame that it still exists.”
John took the high road when dealing with the gross interaction…well said John! BRAVO!
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