Tory Lanez is defending himself after being accused of staging a video in which he took a stand against colorism. The outspoken artist has denied participating in a publicity stunt in response to allegations made by the model in the footage.
“this is the one and only time ima address this,” Lanez wrote on Instagram. “i went out of my way to bring awareness to an important topic of discussion that never gets addressed. the internet has a funny way of tryna take the light off of truthful shit . IF this was a publicity stunt, why would i be doing it for someone elses music video? why wouldnt i have paid the females involved? And if I did pick both girls then how come there’s only shots of me with the ebony model and not the other one ?”
He continued, “Mind y’all this video shoot happened 3 months ago and a behind the scenes camera man DM’d it to me the other day.. All parties that were involved know exactly what happened in the 30 minutes that I was at the shoot . Whether or not they wanna be truth or not . Much love .”
In the video, Lanez stops a darker skinned model from being switched for one with lighter skin. His statement was issued Monday (June 17) after the model in the clip, who goes by @sultryshen on Instagram, claimed he was lying.
“Tory asked for both me and the girl to do solo shots,” she said, according to The Shade Room. “When it was her turn he said cut the video to make it appear as if it had something to do with race. I know the directors very well and they made me the lead girl in that video and many others.”
She added, “He actually never talked to me on that set and kept telling her how beautiful she was.”
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TSR Staff: Thembi! @ThembiTV_ _____________________________________ Earlier today we posted a video of #ToryLanez celebrating black women of all shades. In his post he spoke about how colorism continues to happen in the music industry, and that he had to stop his director from being a colorist. ____________________________________ Tory has since gained a lot of applause and appreciation for his said actions. On the other hand, the model Tory claims to defend claims that things did not go down the way he explained. ____________________________________ According to the model, “Tory asked for both me and the girl to do solo shots. When it was her turn he said cut the video to make it appear as if it had something to do with race.” She adds, “I know the directors very well and they made me the lead girl in that video and many others.” _____________________________________ As for the colorism claims, sis claims that “He actually never talked to me on that set and kept telling her how beautiful she was.” This comes on the heels of Tory being dragged for jokingly trying to ‘trade’ #AyeshaCurry for a Caucasian girl with a mean twerk! _____________________________________ We’re here for #Tory standing up for what is right, however, sis alleges that it didn’t quite go down like that. Thoughts, #Roommates?
However, Mia Rothwell — the other model in the video — has publicly backed Lanez’s version of the events. In a lengthy Instagram post, she refutes any notion it was staged.
“I’m not sure where people are going saying it was staged because it wasn’t,” she wrote. “They are talking the most amount of shit.”
Check out her entire explanation below.