Alfonso Ribeiro’s Family Photo Goes Viral, Internet Makes Interracial Relationship Jokes
Alfonso Ribeiro’s family Christmas photos stirred controversy over the weekend.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro, A.K.A Carlton Banks, was the talk of social media after he posted a picture with his family on Christmas Day. He captioned the photo:
“Merry Christmas from my family to yours. @mrsangelaribeiro1.”
Twitter and Instagram users alike couldn’t seem to get past the fact that the former child star was married to a white woman and had 4 biracial children. One user wrote:
“Who’s ghatda*** white baby is that.”
— Bhomega (@Bhomega1) December 28, 2021
Another user referenced one of Mo’Nique’s classic standup routines:
— SirLeeJay (@SirLeeJay) December 28, 2021
“Why y’all surprised? It’s CARLTON from ‘The Fresh Prince’ he made up a dance to Tom Jones… LOL this is nothing surprising.”
“Isint it interesting that this man ended up marrying and having a family just like that which anyone that watched The Fresh Prince thought that Carlton would? Maybe he just stayed in character.”
“It wasn’t hard to tell the Carlton from the fresh prince liked white women, so I’m trying to see why yall are so shocked.”
“He Taking on Uncle Phils role and raising somebody else kids.”
“I just know in Mississippi they better be in the back seat while he’s driving, and he better have a certain hat on to prove he’s just a driver. Langston Hughes wrote a short story called Passing is this what he meant?”
“Whitest black n****.”
“The last two don’t look like him. @TheMAURYShow help him out.”
“Knew he liked white women.”
Alfonso married his current wife Angela Unkrich in 2012. They share 3 children together. His oldest daughter, Sienna, is from his previous marriage to Robin Stapler. Alfonso’s first union was also an interracial marriage.
In 2021, the America’s Funniest Home Videos host spoke out about the backlash he’s received over the years during an interview with Atlanta Black Star. He talked about how he felt ostracized by the black community due to having a non-black wife.
“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 also mentioned how he had to purchase his own tickets to BET’s annual awards show, despite being in the black entertainment industry since childhood. He alluded to not being invited or given the red carpet treatment like most other black celebrities who are well-respected.
“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.”
When The Fresh Prince wrapped in 1996, Alfonso joined the cast of In the House that same year, starring alongside LL Cool J and Kim Wayans. Since the show ended in 1999, he went on to make guest appearances in sitcoms like One on One the Disney Channel series Shake It Up. His directing credits include All of Us, Meet the Browns, Are We There Yet?, and K.C. Undercover.
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