Rashida Jones Ethnic
Actress Rashida Jones attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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:

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?