Blacks have had to deal with being called monkeys for a long time.
John Legend was called a monkey by a photographer while he and his wife Chrissy Teigen were walking at the airport recently. The singer opened up about the incident to the Variety Studio at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
John said, “We looked at each other like, ‘Did he really just say that? And he really said it. He basically called me a monkey. Blacks have had to deal with being called monkeys for a long time and dehumanisation has always been a method of racism and subjugation of black people,” it was reported on JustJared.com.
He added, “We saw it with Obama, whenever people wanted to discount him or discount his wife, they compared them to apes. I’m not hurt by someone saying that to me, because I’m smarter and stronger. I look down on that person that would say something like that, but it’s a shame that it still exists.”