In today’s sounds about white news, a 30-year-old white actor thought he could whitesplain himself out of a little controversy he’s now at the center of.
TMZ recently caught up with Spy Kids: Mission Critical actor Travis Turner and asked whether he’s sweating people criticising him for voicing a Black character. His response?
“If they want they can say whatever,” the Canadian-born actor responded. “I actually come from an urban background. I lived in motels. What I’m trying to say, I relate to the urban community.”
Oh no fam. What is you doing?
Well, instead of trying to walk that back, he dove feet first into more problematic statements. Turner says he has “street credibility” which allows him to rap with people like Snoop Dogg. He also says he “sponsors Black kids.”
Oh yeah, and then he brings up Chris Rock and sites that the comedian doesn’t do gigs on college campuses anymore because they’re too politically correct. *Facepalm*.
In Spy Kids, Turner plays “Little T” and toward the end of his TMZ interview, he tries to do some sort of freestyle to prove he’s a part of the “urban community.” SMH.
At least Twitter was here to set him straight. See what they had to say below.
@travisturner87 are u f*ckin kidding me? U lived in motels? Living in motels relates to the black community? U think u sound “black”? What is sounding black or urban? This interview made me sick #SpyKidsMC18 #Netflix #dumbass #WednesdayWisdom #Wednesday https://t.co/f94DCeEmLy— Benny Blanco (@BoxMMA) April 18, 2018
@netflix sooo...this new Spy Kids reboot...yeah I'mma pass on my kid watching that one...Travis Turner voicing over for a black kid because he relates to the 'urban community' living in 'hotels'...take two damn seats with this trash...— wysiwyg (@wysiwyg83) April 19, 2018
Travis Turner’s comments shows that he doesn’t know shit about black people besides they rap and live in motels...GTFOH...this is why he shouldn’t voice the black character in @spykids— Sacha Lol English (@SachaLEnglish) April 18, 2018
Literally the most typical move ever. "I relate to black people I know how to do the electric slide." Yeah Tthats what qualifies you for understanding black culture, right. I actually want to try Voice Acting buuuut I suppose its more SHADE than I thought.— Her. (@Niecey_Beeeee) April 18, 2018
The motel statement was the only disturbing comment he made🙄 I think his whole eight mins was awful. Dear black, stop letting people think these kind of shenanigans are acceptable. Stop making us out to be a joke or like we are a costume to put on and take off. NOT CUTE AT ALL!!— sonya thomas (@sonya9951) April 18, 2018
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