No stranger to controversy, singer Eric Benet is making headlines again. But this time, some say the controversy may be a little unfounded. Well, at least that’s our take on the situation, for now.
Benet is now catching heat for his latest song, “Red Bone Girl.” Critics are upset that the song seemingly shows a preference for light-skinned women. But, Benet, not long ago released the hit, “Chocolate Legs,” which praised women with dark skin tones.
But what’s a celeb to do when controversy surrounds them? Make a shirt about it. At least that’s what Benet is doing in order to make an extra buck off the criticism he’s been receiving over the song.
Benet has created two women’s tank tops with the name of each song emblazoned across the front. The “Chocolate Legs” and “Red Bone Girl” tees are available on his official site for $19.95.
The song also features Li’l Wayne, who has also been under fire for his unabashed preference in women. Not only does Wayne remain clear that dark-skin is not his preference, he also has a consistent disrespect for women and has even talked about having sex with them and sending their dead bodies back to their boyfriends.
Benet defended the song on CBS recently.
“In no way is it ["Redbone Girl"] me professing my preference for any type of skin color … it’s just a songwriter talking about one experience,” he said.
He mentioned “Chocolate Legs” and pointed out that the latter didn’t receive nearly as much criticism. Maybe Benet has a point. He seems to like all the ladies, not just the ones who look a certain way. This makes sense for a man who many believe has a sex addiction. Maybe he needs to sing about something else.
The song appears on Benet’s latest album, “The One” which was released in June.