“What [black women] were happy about was that [Mendes’ character] wasn’t white; she was Latina,” Diggs explains when asked why Will Smith’s role in the film didn’t draw as much cultural ire as some of the choices he’s made on- and off-screen. “That’s what they were happy about, if we’re gonna be real. That’s how the scale goes. First off, if it’s a dark brother and the dark brother isn’t with a dark sister that causes issues. … After that, if you’re going to date outside the race, then they go down the list of how poorly other minorities have been treated after blacks. [So] after that, you have Latino. … Like, I’ve had people say that about my wife: ‘At least she looks Spanish.’ Like that makes it a little bit better. So that’s why people accepted it. If Will Smith had been with a lily-white woman, it would’ve been a completely different situation in the black community as far as females are concerned. I guarantee you that.”
“I’m too far along in my life and in my career to really give a question like that any type of dignified answer,” says Diggs, who was raised in black, middle-class Rochester, N.Y., intones. “When I was in high school, maybe. College, maybe. But I’m a grown-ass man and if people have a difficult time dealing with that, then I welcome them to see a movie with Omar Epps or Denzel Washington or some of those other brothers that have chosen to spend the rest of their lives with sisters, as you say. I just don’t have time for it. You can’t make everybody happy. And for the fans that are out there that are into me; they don’t really give a f— what’s going on with my personal life.” (more here)
While Taye's scale theory is embarassingly accurate, Black women don't like Taye because...we don't like Taye. He's unappealing and unsexy. (Not Seal-unsexy, but unsexy, still.) I'm hesitant to say he's not "black enough" because he's not really white either. He's just not a man you can imagine being with.
His strong-jawed wife started looking real distant after she realized her man wasn't going to be the next Denzel. Or even the next Morris Chestnut.
I hope Taye knows, in all of his bitterness, that Black women have little to no say in his lack of mainstream success. (And he obviously wants mainstream success.) White men and women don’t want to see Taye with a white chic any more than Black women do. We're actually more forgiving.
If white people thought Taye was The Man (i.e., Will Smith) he'd still be employed. So he might want to redirect his anger to the blue eyes who yanked his show because they couldn't stand watching a field-slave-like negro fawning all over their "lily white" woman. (See: Terrell Owens and Nicole Sheridan and the uproar that caused.)