Tyrese Has a Message for Independent Women

Tyrese Has a Message for Independent Women

Sparks controversy with comments about gender roles.

Published November 14, 2011

Tyrese has given women an open invitation ... to lash out against men. The model-actor-singer fired the first shot in the battle of the sexes on NecoleBitchie.com, and folks have a lot to say about it. Here's how Tyrese breaks down a man's view of an "independent woman":


Independence in the eyes of a man is when we say we want an independent woman; we don’t want a woman that’s [depending on] her sexy and nice body to help her get through life. You don’t wanna work, you don’t want to go to college or school, you’re not inspired to do anything on any level to try and help further yourself on any level. You just want to be sexy and free-load .... Nobody wants that as a man.


Then some women are so on this 'independent' kick they end up alone. You’re going to independent your way into loneliness. You go off and buy all the little poodles you want. “At least my dog is happy to see me when I get home everyday.” That dog or 'rabbit' will never be able to replace what a real man can do for you. So stay independent, get your own, but nobody wants to be alone, period. 


I know it’s a lot of men out here that are playing on both sides of the fence, it’s confusing, and it’s a lot of homosexuality going on out here. I get it, it’s a lot of frustration that women have. [But] there’s a lot of men’s men still left; We’re out here, we’re waiting, we’re wanting, we desire you just like you desire us. Just don’t give up on us ... 'Stay'. That’s my ‘Open Invitation’. Give [us] a shot at your heart.


Tyrese's words prompted hundreds of comments, some in favor of his views, and many angry at his "ignorance." Suffice it to say, as outrageous as Ty's monologue is, the comments it provoked are far more entertaining ... and maybe more insightful.


(Photo: John Ricard / BET)

Written by Smriti Mundhra


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