Pearl Thusi’s emotional statements about colourism on Wednesday night’s episode of BET’s Behind The Story have gone viral
The host of the popular celebrity talk show spoke out about being criticised and feeling the pressure from the public who she claims feel that her light skin complexion have aided her success in the entertainment industry.
Speaking with guest Khanyi Mbau, who she interviewed virtually, Pearl claimed she was “exhausted” of constantly defending herself.
She told Khanyi: “I am not the enemy…I can’t change how I look, and if I did, you’d still be mad.
“So let me live my life…I’ve worked very hard for what I have…and if my light skin is going to help me feed my kids, then believe what you need to….but I’m really exhausted”.
Pearl then broke down in tears and was comforted by Khanyi who told her: “I’m so sorry you feel this way…You need to heal and let go.
“The world has evolved…You know who are”.
— Mandla Gingirikani (@mandlamZA) October 14, 2020
Unfortunately for Pearl, tweeps had little to no sympathy for her.
— Star girl 1 (@Kgomots36517813) October 15, 2020
Pearl Thusi suffers from yellowbone psychosis- where the cerebrum involuntary assumes it’s smart based on the lack of melanin found in ones skin…
— Mfundo :flag-za: (@Mhayise_Sedana) October 15, 2020
Pearl Thusi is a former beauty queen who transitioned into a successful model and then an acting/presenting career and wants us to sit here and pretend being a conventionally attractive light skinned black woman had nothing to do with the opportunities she got. https://t.co/XhWptzqCw6
— Sisa (@Titanbaddie) October 15, 2020
What pearl dis is absolutely unprofessional tbh. As a host you can’t hijack someone’s episode like that.
— Busisiwe Skhosana (@MsManager_) October 15, 2020
Pearl Thusi simply refuses to be reflexive and engage with other people’s reality without centering herself. If she’s crying about being asked to be sensitive about colourism, what must dark skinned women who have a whole system against them do about her privileged tears?
— Nosipho Makhakhe (@NosiphoMakhakhe) October 15, 2020
I know Pearl has a very clear understanding of colourism and light skinned privelege because the weaponising of tears is precisely the kind of thing a white woman would do.
— Tony Childs (@TemptingTony_) October 15, 2020
I really thought Pearl Thusi was being interviewed but the fact that she was the one interviewing Khanyi Mbau makes it even worse. Khanyi Mbau has lightened her skin as a direct result of colourism and Pearl decided that would be the moment to play victim:grimacing:
— Ann Marie Lastrassi stan (@naledimashishi) October 15, 2020