Good Morning Britain: Beyonce Knowles’ dad came under fire after race comment about star [ITV]
Matthew Knowles dived straight into the colourism debate with his sensational statement, which left many at home stunned.
The American formally acted as the Single Ladies singer’s manager, yet they parted ways in 2011.
Good Morning Britain: Matthew Knowles said the star’s success was partially down to the fact she had lighter skin than some pop radio artists [ITV]
Speaking live from a video link to Houston on today’s ITV show, Mathew said that part of Beyoncé’s success in the US pop radio market could be pinned on the fact that she’s lighter skinned, compared to artists with a darker pigment.
As host Kate Garraway asked if that were true, he bluntly replied: “Absolutely.
“I’ve been in the music industry for 25 years. When I made that statement, I was speaking specifically as our radio is in America.
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“We have urban radio and we have pop radio.
“When we look at pop radio we can look, I don’t use Beyoncé or Solange my younger daughter, I really talk about Mariah Carey and others, Rihanna, that it’s just a known fact, if we look over the last ten years, and we look at colourism – which is discrimination based on the shade of colour – it’s a fact.
“It’s a fact that Beyoncé or any of the other artists, Alicia Keys, I can go on and on, a shade of colour does make a difference in pop radio.”
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Asked when it made a difference to Beyoncé’s career, he was adamant the 20-Grammy Award winner had benefitted.
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He then shared his concerns Beyonce and his younger daughter, Solange, would continue to face race-related issues in later life.
Continuing to press his point, he added: “And that’s a fact. Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, JLo, all of those extremely talented.
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“It would be just ludicrous to think that Beyoncé’s talent doesn’t take her above heights and levels, but it’s also true, absolutely, that colourism and shade of colour is a fact.
“You can’t deny it. You can’t argue facts.”
Mathew spoke of his reasoning for writing about race relations in his new book Racism: From the Eyes of a Child.
Beyoncé and her dad parted professional ways in 2011 [Tina Knowles/Instagram]
Asked about when he realised his daughters no longer needed him in their careers, Mathew said: “It’s always hard for a parent to let go. I felt the same way when I was growing up, I didn’t want to be up under my parents’ nest as I got older.
“That’s only natural.”
Fans lashed out on Twitter with one raging: Never heard so much bulls**t. “So could a white person call an R and B radio station “racist” because most of the artists they played were black?”
Beyonce has gone on to win 20 Grammy Awards [Getty]
Another ranted: “So the pop music industry is racist against black people yet the R&B and Rap industry is soooooo open to white people!?
“Beyonce’s dad is speaking out of his batty!”
A third then put: “I’m sick of this bulls**t where white people are accused of not buying a black artists music because of their colour.
“Look, we don’t care, if the music is good, we’ll buy it? Stop the shock accusations. It’s insulting.”
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