Tyrese Gibson has come under fire after sharing a bizarre Instagram post that suggested white slavery in South Africa. The multi-hypenated star attempted to educate his followers about what he believes to be the racial issue that is going on in the African country right now, but it backfired.
The Roman Pearce of the “Fast & Furious” film franchise tried to start the talk about the reverse racism by sharing a photo collage of images taken from photographer Chris Buck’s series, which highlighted what stereotypes and race issues would look like if ethnicities were reversed.
In one of the photos, white men are in shackles with a black man as their “master,” while another photo has a white woman breastfeeding a black baby while the child’s mother is fully dressed up. “The flip……. Get to YouTube this is what’s going on in South Africa…….,” he wrote in the caption.
Needless to say, his post infuriated black South Africans who think that Tyrese suggested black people are oppressing white people in South Africa. South African presenter and model Bonang Matheba angrily told him, “please, don’t come talk s**t here about South Africa. Jou swine!” Dineo Langa slammed him, “Everyone must report Tyrese’s Insta post about South Africa and have his account taken down net vir daai rubbish.”
Another angry user demanded his explanation, “@Tyrese How could you even conceive the idea that black South South Africans are doing what slave masters did to Africans? What was your motive especially at the time of such heightened racial tensions? Did you do this for #AllLivesMatter against #BlackLivesMatter?”
Instead of apologizing, Tyrese later doubled down on his claims by posting a video entitled “What The Left Won’t Tell You About The Plight Of Black People And The Myth Of Systemic Racism”. The clip featured interviews of black actors like Morgan Freeman, Lil Wayne, Denzel Washington and Anthony Mackie, which were heavily edited into a montage of racism denial. “Touchy touchy….. Who’s view do you agree with?” he captioned it.
The video angered Jamie Foxx, who questioned his motive behind sharing it. “Huh????” the “Annie” actor wrote in the comment section. “WTF is this post for?? I’m confused.” He added, “Race doesn’t matter???!! Look at what we goin threw right now… what does this post mean?? Who is this for??”