HOT 97’s Ebro Darden has been getting dragged on social media after a clip resurfaced from an interview he did with Tinashe where he said some colorist comments about the singer’s name. It’s quite cringy….
HOT 97 radio hostEbro Darden is trending heavy on social media for some comments he made during a 2013 interview with singer Tinashe. A clip of the radio personality dubbing Tinashe’s last name as a “ghetto a** name” for a “light skinned” girl has resurfaced and folks are letting him have it, respectfully.
In the 2013 clip, Ebro asked his co-host, Peter Rosenberg, to ask the “2 On” singer (who was 20 at the time) to reveal her last name.
”Kachingwe,” she responded.
”Now, can we point out how light-skinned she is with a ghetto a** name, though?,” Ebro said.
“It’s not a ghetto name, she has an African name,” Peter responded. “Her name is Nigeri - Zimbabwean. My point is, that’s not ghetto, she has an African name.”
“Sometimes these ghetto names are actually African,” Ebro said.
The Twitter user who shared the clip wrote, “yeah tinashe better than me because i would’ve became real disrespectful.”
yeah tinashe better than me because i would’ve became real disrespectful pic.twitter.com/IH1kcQKnNh
— KJ. (@thekonyjen) November 26, 2021
Folks reacted to the clip where Ebro was dragged and schooled on his ignorant comment:
So having a “ghetto” name is synonymous with being dark skin? Are we also going to dismiss the cultural significance of African names and how there are actual ceremonies behind them? I can’t tell if this is willful ignorance or just blatant stupidity
— Esther Olu (@estherolu) November 26, 2021
Not Ibrahim Jamil "Ebro" Darden talking.... pic.twitter.com/qnNbz2cbVp
— ThatGuy310 (@ThatGuy31011) November 26, 2021
Seeing a trend of white people having more sense than black men.
This is indeed embarrassing.
— Tinkerbell (@MadeToSavour) November 26, 2021
The fact that Rosenberg, a white man, is correcting Ebro, a black man, about African names is doing my head in. https://t.co/foar4n6z3L
— Kivali (@chammy_255) November 26, 2021
After receiving backlash, the Apple Music executive retweeted the clip, calling it a “terrible joke.”
Yea this was a terrible joke, we were using the name skit for people to learn her origins… love Tinashe thats my homey still https://t.co/cSWKrAtLo4
— Ebro (@oldmanebro) November 26, 2021
”Yea this was a terrible joke, we were using the name skit for people to learn her origins… love Tinashe that’s my homey still,” the 46-year-old tweeted.
Well, folks are STILL letting him have it:
name skit to learn her origin.......... pic.twitter.com/SONblcrAoE
— 99 tacos (@two99centtacos) November 26, 2021
“It’s not a ghetto name, it’s an African name.” So which continent houses the ghetto names? pic.twitter.com/vG0fr0MmE7
— Rhymes With Roaches (@gooonicorn) November 26, 2021
Okay but rewatching ALL of your interviews with her: the misogyny, disrespect, literal s*xual harrasment making everything about s*x, xenophobia cloaked in comedy, and more is simply not okay. She’s more than owed an apology for it ALL.
Please do better n learn from it.
— 3:33 (@soulxglitch) November 26, 2021
What even makes a name ghetto? Is it just because it was thought up by a black person? Or plain old racism denigrating anything associated with blackness as less than, unsavory, and ghetto?
— nfray20 (@nfray20) November 26, 2021
You can watch the full interview below: