Friday, August 29, 2008

Soul Fixin'

Thicke Claims VIBE Is Something Else
The album cover for Robin Thicke's upcoming set has surfaced on the net. Something Else hits the streets September 30th. Speaking of Robin Thicke, the blue eyed soul singer claims VIBE Magazine refused to put him on the cover because they have a strict policy against having white artists on the cover. Could this be a case of reverse racism? A strict policy that doesn't allow white artists on the cover? I find it hard to believe. In VIBE's 15 year history, The Beastie Boys, Eminem, Gwen Stefani and Michael Jackson have all graced the cover. Wait a minute, MJ is black, isn't he? Biracial acts such as Mariah Carey, Faith Evans, and Alicia Keys have appeared on the cover of VIBE. Could this be some sort of misunderstanding? Thicke's claim is based on a recent interview he did with the magazine, when the subject of Thicke gracing the cover came up, he was told "we don't put white artists on our covers..." Thicke harbors no ill will towards the magazine, "I respect that because I live in a house with a black woman. I won't use the word racism. I will say it's a tough, but rewarding, fight. I look at Mary J. Blige, somebody who has had only a few pop hits and yet has changed culture, generated new sounds and inspired leagues of artists. She's now a worldwide phenomenon. And it's because of what she stood for; she never gave up." I don't want to call Robin Thicke a liar, but his claims of "racism" seem to be untrue. What are your thoughts?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

No matter how soulful he is, he is Alan Thicke's son. If that ain't white, what is. The Billboard article is nearly 2,000 words. He is not whining or focusing on this. He was asked a question, he answered it and that was that. He instigated the rejection by asking them. He was not promised a cover. And he is not crying about not getting the cover. And despite my love for Mr. Thicke, he ain't gonna sell no mags. The other white artists mentioned will, that simple.

Anonymous said...

I think the truth lies in the fact that he isn't cover worthy to them and they used the excuse of his race.

Ms. Monroe said...

I don't care if you are married to a black woman, that doesn't make you black. White people own everything and have so many avenues to pursue. When it comes to their "all exclusive" clubs and organizations you don't see every black person trying to pursue it.

Let US have something of our own for once!