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Wale Faces Criticism Over New Video, “Pretty Girls” (J. Tinsley)

Posted by T. Adeyemi on February 10, 2010

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It doesn’t take much to get the Twitter gossip wheels in motion. Such was the case with Wale’s newest video, “Pretty Girls,” sans Gucci Mane. The newest single from his debut album, Attention Deficit, was conjuring remarks that date back to as far as the Willie Lynch Theory itself. Dark skin vs. light skin. Pretty vs. ugly. And one of underlying themes from the classic movie, “School Daze.”

The majority of the debate swirled diversity, or lack thereof, of young ladies in the video (some even question the quality of their appearance). While backlash from the video was clearly evident, Wale, himself, defended his newest visual.

PS. I didn’t pick the girls for the video..only the contest with all the “where are the dark girls” BS…keep it.. – Wale

I feel like I’m in “school daze” right now…I understand SOME of the frustration because I was too..but we could only use who we had… – Wale

@Exxit21 there were all diff shapes sizes and colors 2nd of all Gucci verse is on the video, ppl like u make me laff, just say anythng – Wale

In a sense, Wale was basically put in between a rock and a hard place. It’s essentially impossible to satisfy everyone. And to his credit, there were different shades and sizes of women at various points throughout the video. Still, when naming a song “Pretty Girls,” it’s pretty much expected by viewing public that they’re going to see a wide variety of women. You know, a la Jay-Z in “Girls, Girls, Girls.”

To ease the racial skinist tension, Wale released a second video, “My Sweetie,” directed by Tabi Boney. Definitely more pigment in this one.

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