Smokey Robinson Defends J.Lo, Says Motown’s Music Isn’t “Just for Black People”

For all those of you who didn’t get pleasure from Jennifer Lopez’s Motown tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards, Smokey Robinson wishes you to have numerous seats and end remaining a hater because you’re clearly missing the position of Motown.

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On Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 12), at minimum two days eliminated from the Grammys, Smokey mentioned in a prolonged assertion (through Instagram) that those protesting J.Lo’s efficiency are “trying to established us back again a hundred years” whilst also forgetting that Motown’s intent was to split racial barriers. In other words and phrases, Motown’s music is not “just for black folks,” Smokey mentioned.

“Stop hating,” he continued. “Motown united people today, not divided them.”

Smokey finished his assertion with this: “Don’t connect with oneself loving Motown if you’re a hater and spreading the same bigotry that you so strongly oppose coming at you from others. JLo was excellent and we at Motown adore her.”

Examine his comprehensive statement below:

Interest, all those of you who protested a excellent, tremendous-talented, globe renowned celebrity like Jennifer Lopez exhibiting her really like and assist for Motown new music. Here’s some foodstuff for believed: On the very to start with working day of Motown, Berry Gordy told the 5 of us who ended up existing, “I’m gonna start out my personal history enterprise and we’re gonna make music for everyone and always be sure to make high quality songs that the world can get pleasure from.”

And by means of the grace of God and hard function and perseverance, we achieved that. Young children of all races, globally, grew up loving the tunes of Motown, imitating our acts — pretending to be Diana Ross, the Temptations, Michael Jackson and so on. Mothers and fathers had been and however are turning their children on to the songs of Motown.

So now you’re gonna attempt to diminish the scope of Motown and narrow it down to just songs for black people, and you simply call oneself defending the graphic of Motown. Very well you are making an attempt to established us back again a hundred several years. If you call by yourself loving Motown, be pleased that we achieved so quite a few folks and broke down so numerous racial boundaries and that an artist like Jennifer, even after hearing all your detrimental responses, even now loved Motown sufficient to do the tribute in any case. Now that’s enjoy and regard.

And I guess because you experience that way about an artist of another ethnicity doing a tribute to Motown, you should have hated Teena Marie, Rare Earth and some of our other white artists. Halt hating. Motown united people today, not divided them.

So really don’t get in touch with by yourself loving Motown if you’re a hater and spreading the very same bigotry that you so strongly oppose coming at you from other people. JLo was fantastic and we at Motown love her. The natural beauty of Motown is that we’re a household created up of black, white, Hispanic and Asian gals and adult men. We experienced a quite various worker roster. So I hope being aware of these handful of details can help you get your perspective together and think about the hate you’re spreading.

God bless you.

Smokey Robinson

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