Alfonso Ribeiro Says He Does Not Fit Into The Black Community Due To His Interracial Marriage: I’m In My Own Little World With Support From Almost No One
Alfonso Ribeiro has opened up about feeling like an outsider with the Black community.
Atlanta Black Star recently published an interview they conducted with Alfonso Ribeiro, who’s most known for playing Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In his interview, the actor spoke on how he feels judged by and ousted from the Black community because he is married to a white woman, Angela Ribeiro. Alfonso Ribeiro stated:
“I am in a mixed relationship. And I get things and looks and comments constantly. And I find it very interesting because you see a lot of things on social media where people say things and people have positions and perspectives. And it’s not easy to make that choice, because you’re not at home in any home. I’m never going to be white and I’m never going to be fully supported in the Black house. So I’m in my own little world with support from almost no one, to be in love with someone I’ve fallen in love with. How does that make sense? It doesn’t.”
Alfonso Ribeiro continued, stating that everyone should have the right to live in the world they deem appropriate.
“I will support any person that wants to live in a world that they want to live in. I’ll support a racist person to live in a world that they want to live in. They don’t have to be around me. But if that’s the world that they want to live in, they should have a right to live in that world. I live in a mixed world. I love in a mixed world. I live in a Black world, and I love in that world. I feel everyone should be supported.”
Additionally, he proceeded to explain that he had to actually purchase tickets to attend the BET Awards despite “[being] in the game forever.” In the context of his interview, it appears as though Alfonso Ribeiro was speculating he wasn’t given free tickets because of his image in the Black community. He said:
“I laugh at the fact that I am a mainstream television host, been in the game forever and I could purchase tickets to go to the BET Awards.”
“So it is what it is. I’m not going to purchase the ticket, but I’m also not going to … I guess I’m doing it now by putting them on front street. But at the end of the day, if that’s the view they take, then that’s the view they take. I can’t change their mind. All I can do is live my life and be me and be the best version of me. And continue to love everybody equally, and let it fall where it falls.”
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