Leg­end slams racist ‘mon­key’ re­mark

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JOHN Leg­end is dis­ap­pointed that racism still ex­ists as he com­mented on a pa­parazzi pho­tog­ra­pher who re­cently branded him a “mon­key”.

The All of Me hit­maker crit­i­cised the pa­parazzi pho­tog­ra­pher who branded him a “mon­key”, but in­sists he is not “hurt” by the com­ments as he is “smarter (and) stronger”.

Speak­ing to Va­ri­ety at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val in Park City, Utah, he said: “We were right next to each other and we looked at each other like, ‘Did he re­ally just say that?’ And he re­ally said it. He ba­si­cally called me a mon­key.

“Black folks have had to deal with be­ing called mon­keys for a long time and de­hu­man­i­sa­tion has al­ways been a method of racism and sub­ju­ga­tion of black peo­ple. That’s just part of Amer­i­can his­tory and it’s part of the present, ap­par­ently.

“We saw it with for­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama, when­ever peo­ple wanted to dis­count him or dis­count his wife, they com­pared them to apes. And we’ve seen that fre­quently.

“You know, I’m not hurt by some­one say­ing that to me be­cause I’m smarter, I’m stronger. I look down on that per­son that would say some­thing like that, but it’s a shame that it still ex­ists.”

When it hap­pened, Leg­end’s wife Chrissy Teigen – with whom he has a nine-month-old daugh­ter Luna – posted about the ordeal on so­cial me­dia, where she was met with a flurry of sup­port from fans.

She wrote at the time: “Pa­parazzi at JFK just asked me “if we evolved from mon­keys, (and) why is John Leg­end still around?’ And peo­ple won­der why celebs lose it.

“I was very kind. An­swered cook­ing ques­tions, then he came with that! F***ing dis­gust­ing.

“He also went from “what’s an easy recipe to make at home” to “if a Jew were a vam­pire, would he still be afraid of crosses?” – Bang Me­dia

PIC­TURE: BLOOMBERG

DIS­MAYED: Mu­si­cian John Leg­end crit­i­cised pho­tog­ra­pher for racist com­ment.

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