On Sunday, the Canadian rapper shared via Instagram a video of him refusing to switch out a darker-skinned lead model for a fairer-skinned model.
The clip shows filming for his single “Good Love,” and while the original deeper-toned model poses next to him, you can see the shadowed silhouette of the director suggesting a change and motioning for the lighter-skinned model to step into the shot. Upon realizing this, Tory instantly demands a cut to production, and brings the original model back to the front of the shot.
Tory captioned the clip with a passionate statement, saying “colorism is an ongoing problem in our community of entertainment that needs to stop” and the “countless times I’ve seen directors swap out our women of color for women of lighter complexion or women with straighter hair, etc. … IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS ARTISTS TO STAND UP AND NOT LET THIS HAPPEN.”
The darker-skinned model from the shoot, Sultry Shen, took to her Instagram story to dispute the story. She implied that Tory staged the interaction to make it seem as if it was the director’s decision when, in reality, she alleges that both girls filmed solo scenes with the musician and hers apparently didn’t make the final cut.
“Where is the scene then if @torylanez wanted me so bad?!!! #fakenews,” Shen wrote on her instagram story. If the incident was indeed staged and Tory’s intentions weren’t for the sake of the women on set but about being a “the good guy”, it makes the complications surrounding colorist/colorism in the entertainment industry more frustrating.
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Music Video Director Says Tory Lanez’s Colorism Allegations Are False - Blogged By: @carmen.roxanna ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Music video directing duo Capone x Guise were caught off guard by the colorism accusation from hip hop artist #ToryLanez. But, they say if there is a culprit in the entire ordeal, they’re in Tory's crew. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Capone and Guise directed the Nafe Smallz's "Good Love" music video featuring Lanez, and according to Capone, their team has never had problems featuring dark-skinned women on camera. He explained to TMZ that the directing duo are heavily involved in the Afrobeats scene and the majority of their work features dark-skinned women. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Capone insisted that the swapping of girls on set wasn't ordered by anyone on his team, adding most of the people present on the set during that particular scene were from Tory's camp. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The "Good Love" music video is described as highlighting all types of beautiful black women, which included the darker-skinned model in question, who is seen several times in the music video. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Capone said his team would "never allow something as disgusting as what Tory Lanez is portraying,” and they are all very upset that Tory's allegations have overshadowed their fun vision for the video. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Shortly after the behind the scenes video of the swap surfaced, the two women in question both denied the events Tory described in the caption of the video. Tory was then accused of staging the whole incident for publicity.