It seems that a sex tape could never do for a Black woman what we’ve seen it do time and time again for white women. A day full of taped sex and room service with Brandy’s little brother got Kim Kardashian a multimillion dollar empire. On the other hand, it got Mimi Faust a few checks from Vivid Entertainment, some Instagram memes and a married boyfriend who keeps popping up in her life like some incurable STD. There’s no denying the double standard and recently, actress LisaRaye McCoy chose to speak out about that.
“It’s them and it’s us,” she told 97.9 The Box last month. “With them, they can do whatever they want to do. They can date five or six guys—like Taylor Swift. We know that she has been through a lot of people at her young age. She sings about it all the time; let that be a Black girl and that’s a problem.”
“Let somebody do a sex tape that’s a Black girl and her career is ruined,” LisaRaye continued. “She’s not going to parlay it into fashion and stores and reality shows and marriage.”
While she doesn’t believe that it’s fair, the 47-year-old went on to say that because of this double standard, Black women have to be more careful and brand themselves differently.