Amber Rose is no stranger to controversial statements. From her scandalous Twitter photo last month to her recent comments about her ex Kanye West, Rose is constantly in the limelight, being praised by some and criticized by others.
That being said, Rose’s latest controversy has fans reaching a generally negative consensus. On a recent episode of the “Drink Champs” Podcast, the Philadelphia native said that she comes from an area she “never felt like [she] belonged there” because she always felt “bigger” than the city. “I don’t know how I can say this without sounding f**ked up,” she warned, “But a lot of the people where I’m from aren’t traditionally attractive people.”
Watch the full interview below.
Rose, who grew up at Broad and Ellsworth in South Philly, went on to tell host and rapper N.O.R.E. that she comes from a “very poor neighborhood” where “being blessed with beauty…is [both] a blessing and a curse.”
In addition to these comments, Rose bragged about the fact that people refused to believe that she was a Philadelphia native when she was younger. She claimed that she was told that she must be “from California” because of her good lucks. “They’re like, ‘Nah, you’re not from there from there,’” Rose recalled. “I’m like, ‘I was born and raised at Broad and Ellsworth.’”
Needless to say, listeners from Philadelphia were quick to hop on social media and give Rose a piece of their mind. “Amber Rose saying a lot of philly chicks aren’t attractive… idk who she’s been bumping into, but i know TONS of pretty girls from the 215,” notes one user, while another humorously suggested that Rose will be facing some negative reactions next time she’s in Philadelphia– particularly from local rapper Eve.
Others felt that Rose wasn’t simply alluding to her looks being better than most women in Philadelphia, but to the fact that she is also of mixed heritage, and, as a result, has a lighter complexion that most African American women. “I’m so f**king tired of light skins,” claims one irate user.
As result, Rose’s comments have come off to some people as not just geographically insensitive, but racially insensitive as well.
This issue is especially troubling for some, as Rose recently posted an essay on Instagram praising dark-skinned African American women:
“We need to stick together as women and educate society, educate men like this with black mothers! Not let men/people dictate what type of woman is in style or more beautiful. We are all smart and capable of being great! No matter where we come from or what complexion we are! If no one tells you you’re beautiful I’m here to tell you that you are!” You can read the full essay here.
Many now believe that Rose’s comments were disingenuous, with one user even saying “Amber Rose better take back what she said.”
Rose has yet respond to this backlash.