R&B singer Robin Thicke doesn’t bite his tongue on race in music and movies in an interview with the Miami Herald.
In regards to his wife, actress Paula Patton’s career, Thicke says, “She being African-American gets one script out of every 10 that a white girl would get because…they’re just not looking for a black actress in this role.”
While he says it’s not that way for every role, he does explain that filmmakers say, “‘We want a white girl. We’re sure of that.’ So she has to deal with that a lot. And when you live with somebody you see that world in a different way than I would have ever seen.”
But being a white boy with soul in the R&B world, Thicke, who released his new album Something Else last week, knows how it feels to stick “out like a sore thumb.”
“I do find that doors are closed because the color of my skin, but doors are also open because of the color of my skin,” he explains. “And doors are closed on a lot of other people, and I’m definitely not the victim in this society, that’s for sure.”
As for the future of race in America, the gorgeous singer says, “I think with Barack Obama running for president we’re learning very quickly that race is still at the forefront of people’s minds. Nowadays, just because they changed the laws doesn’t mean they changed the whispers. Nowadays, racism is in the whispering and it’s in the connotations.”