Columbus Short Faces Backlash for Comments on Relationships with Black Women Versus Non-Black Women

This isn’t the first time the actor has spoken negatively about Black women.

Actor Columbus Short sparked controversy this week after sharing his views on the differences between being with Black and non-Black women.

During an appearance on the Unqualified As Fu*k Podcast, the actor expressed his preference for non-Black women, suggesting they have been culturally “trained” better. 

The 48-year-old, who is currently married to Aida Abramyan, a non-Black publicist, argued, “There is no respect of the man, the Black man, in that by a Black woman,” clarifying that his comments applied to some, not all, Black women.

Short also claimed that non-Black women are taught things that some Black women aren’t, citing examples from Persian, Armenian, Mexican, Asian, Korean, and Japanese cultures. He emphasized that these women were culturally trained to fulfill traditional roles more effectively.

When the host mentioned that women from various backgrounds are also taught to be submissive, Short responded, “But it’s more than subservient.” Addressing the host directly, he elaborated, “Don’t get it twisted, I know you know how to cuss a man out thoroughly, but as soon as you cussing him out, you still making dinner, you still washing his clothes, you still cleaning the house.” He added, “You’re not doing that with… this is my job. That’s just what you were trained to do.”

Elsewhere, the actor added, “How you wanna ride in a Bugatti, how you wanna go on a yacht, but you don’t know how to wash your own clothes, you don’t know how to vacuum. It’s a different energy. It’s not like, ‘Okay, thank you for your criticism. Thank you for your honest, constructive criticism.’” 

People on X, formerly known as Twitter, called out the hypocrisy in the actor’s claims referencing his violent past with Black women. “Columbus Short's character on Scandal was killed off because he, in real life, beat the sh*t out of his wife. He was charged in '22 with domestic violence and child endangerment, and this is after his TWO previous wives accused him of DV,” the online user explained. “We don't give a F—K about what he says.”

In previous interviews, Short has linked his sudden departure from the critically acclaimed series led by Kerry Washington to his battle with substance abuse. He also mentioned allegations of domestic abuse from his now ex-wife, Tuere Short, and cited the death of his friend, actor Lee Thompson Young, as a catalyst that triggered a downward spiral for him.

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