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Smokey Robinson is still not through lettin’ folks know he’s not happy with the Jennifer Lopez haters who don’t believe she should’ve been part of the Motown tribute/salute at the Grammys on Sunday.

The bottom line is that Smokey believes people who think there’s something wrong with a Hispanic woman showcasing Motown completely misses the point. He reminds that Motown is about breaking all color barriers. He issued a statement about the controversy:

 

Keep in mind, you’re talking about the man who was pivotal in turning the label’s sound into a world force acknowledges it represents black culture, but he’s quick to add it also represents other cultures … Hispanic, Asian, everyone.

According to TMZ, Smokey posted a tribute to JLo Tuesday, saying she did an awesome job … calling out critics:

“So now you’re gonna try to diminish the scope of Motown and narrow it down to just music for Black people and you call yourself defending the image of Motown. Well you’re trying to set us back a hundred years.”

PHOTO: AP

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9 thoughts on “You Don’t Want This Smoke: Smokey Robinson Responds To J.Lo Haters

  1. AS I SAY AGAIN IT IS NOT WHO THE MUSIC IS FOR SMOKEY BUT WHAT THE MUSIC IS ABT!!!! J-LO DID A TERRIBLE JOB. FIrst you DON’T do aTRIBUTE in a BIKINI DRESS and SHAKE yo fat ASS!!!!! I THINK GLADYS KNIGHT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE PERFECT PERSON TO GIVE DIGNITY AND CLASS TO A REAL MOTOWN TIRBUTE!!!! WAKE UP SMOKEY YOU ARE A SELL OUT TO THE BRAND YOU HELPED TO CREATE!!!!! STOP BEING A FOOL!!!!!!!! CAUSE IT IS STARIN TO SHOW!!!!!!!! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!

  2. Marilyn on said:

    I’m with Smoky. We are turning into the people we dislike- those who judge others based on color or ethnicity. To say that an Hispanic person cannot perform Black music is ridiculous. Latin music has its roots in Africa, just like soul music. Take a trip to Puerto Rico and see how many people of African descent that you are – lots! JLo was paying homage to the music her mother grew up with and shared with the family. Shame on black peoples for being so petty, provincial and small minded.

  3. Kimberly Sudberry on said:

    Smokey go ahead and cruise somewhere and take a seat. He knows the tribute was crap, otherwise he would not still be talking about it. Has anyone heard Barry Gordy say anything???

  4. That is why I did not watch the crap and they should have gotten someone else to do the Motown honors don’t care what Smokey said.

  5. JLow did IT for the $$$$$, NOT for love of Motown. The reason she broke with PDiddy is bec. her parents disdain & hatred for PDiddy. And that KooChee KooChee dance she did is not a representation of Motown.

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