Last week, Taye Diggs was a guest on the inaugural episode of Van Lathan’s Red Pill Podcast. Apparently it’s 2002 again and the world is concerned about what’s going on with Taye Diggs.
A mainstay in turn-of-the-century Black romantic comedies, Diggs was a bonafied heartthrob in the Black community, despite having that Omari Hardwick-ian thing where he just barely clears the “You Must Be This Tall to Ride this Ride” sign at any given amusement park.
Even then, we knew that Diggs wasn’t really into the sistas, especially when he married fellow actress Idina MenzelI– who isn’t even one of those white women your well-meaning Black grandma would say “at least she’s cute” about.
That marriage ended after 11 years in 2014. Not one woman who needs to wrap her hair before sleep was excited at the prospect of Diggs becoming a bachelor again.
Dating Black Women By Default?
When Lathan asked about his dating proclivities, Diggs said he’s currently with a Black woman, but that his mother influenced his choice in women when he was a child by insisting that he’d marry a white woman. Raise your hand if your mother’s random-ass comment about the type of person she thought you’d like when you were 12 had any effect on who you’d marry 30-plus years later.
Dude actually fixed his mouth to express his resentment toward Black women for affecting his dating preferences.
“I don’t feel like I can mess with a white girl now,” he said. “I don’t like that. It goes against me as a person…I feel like I’ve had [to] deal with that so long it’s changed what I think I like, what I’m attracted to.”
He’s been a Black man on this planet a whole-ass 10 years longer than I have, and even I know that making a statement like that on the record is like standing in front of Black Twitter with a blindfold and a cigarette, fully prepared to catch all the bullets to the dome. (That’s exactly what happened, too.)
Black Women Deserve Better
Diggs essentially said that he’s rocking with Black women now because he has to in order to save face, which is like picking the slow, fat kid for your dodgeball team and telling him that you did so only because the teacher made you. He then accused Black women of being “racist” because they felt some type of way about seeing another famous Black man wifing up an aggressively average-looking white woman.
It’s like Black women couldn’t do right by brothas this past Black History Month. You have this assclown pastor in Philly calling black women “hoes” for wearing makeup and weaves, and now we’ve got Diggs working through some shit in an interview that he probably should’ve kept between him and his therapist.
He has a better chance of convincing people that the world really needed a sequel to The Best Man than that one random-ass statement his mama made decades ago resulted in a lifetime of playing in the snow.
Like, bruh…you’re 47 years old, a parent to a young son and you’re saying that all the strangers in the comments section talking trash about you are making you go Black for the first time as a middle-aged man. We don’t believe you, you need more people.
History of Ls
This isn’t Diggs’ first encounter with complicated, and unpopular, racial politics. When doing press for his children’s book, Mixed Me, which is based on his son with Menzel, he said that he hopes that people will one day view Barack Obama as a mixed person and hoped that his son would also grow up to be viewed as biracial and not just Black. Which, as we all know, is some Matrix-esque wishful thinking. Every version of America that has ever existed will view his light-eyed, curly-haired swirl baby as a threat when he comes of age.
Look, I believe love is love and I’m not inherently against Black-white unions. However, I’d be lying if I, a non-famous, middle-class brother, don’t think it’s a crying damn shame that a former sex symbol who has played romantic opposites to some of theeee world’s baddest sistas – including Angela Bassett, Nia Long and Sanaa Lathan – says in his personal life, “meh, lemme get some of that Gwyneth Paltrow action.”
As is always the case with black men who have something greasy to say about sistas, Diggs would’ve been better off keeping his mouth shut. At this point, I’m not sure what self-respecting sista would give him any play whatsoever, and I’d love to know how the Black woman he’s reportedly dating took to his comments.
If she’s down at all, dude is newly single and seeking out his next Gwyneth right now.
Dustin J. Seibert is a native Detroiter living in Chicago. Miraculously, people have paid him to be aggressively light-skinned via a computer keyboard for nearly two decades. He loves his own mama slightly more than he loves music and exercises every day only so his French fry intake doesn’t catch up to him. Find him at his own site, wafflecolored.com.