Mike Colter is all the rage these days because of his role in the super-hot Netflix show, “Luke Cage.” If you haven’t seen it, “Cage” is a ‘hood based black super hero. But some in the community, particularly black women, are now kinda not feeling Colter as much since it was revealed that the actor’s wife, Iva, is white.
It happened on “The Wendy Williams Show.” When he was introduced, the mostly female audience was definitely on his side with their wildly enthusiastic response to him. BUT … when an image of him and his wife were shown to the audience, all of a sudden the response was different. He didn’t exactly go from hero to zero, but it wasn’t the same.
A TV One poll titled “Luke Cage’s Got A White Wife — Mad Or Nah?” found that 21% of people responded, “Not gonna lie — I’m a little hurt.”
Wendy didn’t address the issue on her show, but when Colter appeared on a New York radio station, they definitely went there.
Here’s how Colter responded:
“I love my sistas. People always go, ‘man that’s his type.’ If somebody caught a sista walking around with a 6-foot -seven brotha, is that her type? Next week you see her walking with a short brotha or spanish guy –do we have to have a type? I’m a human being. I look at people for character and what’s inside. Physically — that’s one thing — but you gotta be on the same page. I met my wife when I was struggling in grad school. She stuck with me for 16 years… people don’t understand when it comes to being with somebody long term, it’s way more than skin color that’s gonna make it work.”
When you get down to it, it’s hard to argue with Colter’s response as far as we’re concerned. What do you think?
Pro Black Men Who Married Outside Their Race
1. *Honorary Mention Chance The Rapper (his girlfriend)Source:PR 1 of 16
2. Daymond JohnSource:Courtesy of ABC 2 of 16
3. Kendrick LamarSource:AP 3 of 16
4. Omari HardwickSource:PR 4 of 16
5. Michaely EalySource:PR 5 of 16
6. Julian BondSource:PR 6 of 16
7. Ice TSource:PR 7 of 16
8. David OyelowoSource:PR 8 of 16
9. Quincy JonesSource:AP 9 of 16
10. Kanye WestSource:AP 10 of 16
11. John LegendSource:AP 11 of 16
12. Sydney PoitierSource:PR 12 of 16
13. Dave ChapelleSource:PR 13 of 16
14. Harry BelafonteSource:AP 14 of 16
15. Nate ParkerSource:PR 15 of 16
16. Mike ColterSource:PR 16 of 16
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