It’s probably not a good look to tell black folks you look “tan” and “tropical” if you’re trying to compliment them on a Hollywood red carpet.

But TNT correspondent Danielle Demski just couldn’t help herself when she spotted actress Rashida Jones on the Screen Actors Guild Awards’ red carpet.

“You look amazing … gorgeous […]” Andrews started. “You look like you’ve just come off like an island or something. You’re very tan. You’re very tropical.”


Jones, who identifies as both African-American and Jewish, cracked back quickly:

“Well … you know, I’m ethnic,” she laughed.

Watch the awkward exchange below:

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Demski joined in the laughter, and her co-host quickly changed course.

Jones is known for her role as “Ann Perkins” on NBC’s hit comedy¬†Parks and Recreation. She is the daughter of legendary music producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton.

Can Rashida just look beautiful without island, tan or tropical descriptions?