A few weeks ago actress, Tamera Mowry-Housely, posted a photo of her white father on Instagram with an endearing caption wishing him a “Happy Father’s Day.”
Within minutes, The Real talk-show host received comments asking why she didn’t show the same gratitude for her black mother on Mother’s Day. Someone even questioned if Tamara’s mother was “too black” for her. I’m assuming this was asked because Tamera rarely posts anything about her mother on social media and her mother also never appeared on their former reality television show, Tia and Tamera. I’ve also seen similar comments under Tia Mowry Hardict’s (Tamera’s twin sister) Instagram photos.
After receiving the rude comments Tamera, who usually doesn’t address negativity, decided that it was time to set the record straight with two commenters in particular. Apparently, the reason why Tamera and Tia don’t post pictures of their mother is because she hates being photographed. She also doesn’t want to be in the spotlight. In reality, Tamera and Tia just started posting pictures of their father on Instagram. Until this year, I’ve never seen him on either of their pages.
Tamera also addressed her marriage to white husband and Fox News reporter, Adam Housley. She has often been criticized for not being “black enough” and accused of not embracing her black roots. This has mostly to do with her white husband and the fact that he works for a news network that doesn’t seem to care for people of color. In her rant, Tamera told the negative commenters that you can love a white person and still love being black. She also said that she loves her mother’s chocolate brown skin and isn’t ashamed of her.
I’ll admit, I was a little surprised at Tamera going off. She usually is such beam of light with her smiling face and inspirational quotes. But everyone has a breaking point. While I don’t agree with how she addressed the commenters, I do think that she needed to say something. Perhaps calling people idiots and then saying they need Jesus all in the same breath wasn’t the route to go. But hey, we say a lot when we’ve had enough of nonsense.
I’ve been following her for years now and these comments are not even the worst that I’ve read. Folks like to accuse her of rejecting her black roots because she married a white man, but did anyone stop and think that most women marry men who remind them of their father? I still don’t understand why it’s such a big deal that her husband is white. It’s 2015 and it’s not illegal to be with someone who isn’t of the same race.
What I do understand is why she doesn’t post photos of her mother. Tamera has said on The Real that she respects her mother and will not post pictures of her if that’s not what she wants. Sometimes people forget that celebrities’ Instagram accounts are public and seen by millions. It’s okay that her mother doesn’t want to be on display for the world. Tamera is not obligated to do anything as private as posting photos of family to appease complete strangers. She owes you nothing.
What do you think about Tamera Mowry Housely’s comments?