Isaiah Mustafa: Old Spice Hunk on Nappy Hair (Apology) & Relationships (AUDIO)

Isaiah Mustafa Apologizes for Nappy Hair Comments – EXCLUSIVE  (AUDIO INTERVIEW) 

Passionista Principle: Communication is the salve for the world’s ills.

 


Hey Rockstars,


We all have a foot in mouth button. Isaiah Mustafa, the Old Spice commercial sex symbol and new “Charlie’s Angels” love interest hit his last night. I was watching E! News to prep for a story I was doing about Mustafa’s appearance. Mustafa was witty and fun to look at as always. His “Angels” character is a police officer and love interest for the gorgeous Annie Ilonzeh, who often sports a full gorgeous Afro.


All seemed well until host Giuliana Rancic asked Isaiah what he was looking for in a relationship. He mentioned that his ideal woman need not be famous but kind and athletic was a must. Then he dropped a bomb, saying that his ideal woman needed to have “good hair.” It got worse as he went on to say that his own hair was “too nappy.” I was in shock. Then Giuliana, who was wearing extensions in her own Italian hair and never met a weave she didn’t like, asked him did the good hair have to be real hair. Mustafa explained that it did indeed for the sake of his children. Say what?!


I couldn’t believe my eyes nor ears.


I took a deep breath and tweeted, “#OldSpiceGuy Isaiah Mustafa on E! News promoting #CharliesAngels said his girl had to have “good hair” because his is too #NAPPY! #ignorant.” My twitter buddies and I discussed the madness with @GelaTrish and I feeling like we hadn’t heard anyone say anything like that publicly since the 80s and @AngieWrites creating one of her famour #sexwordtruth tweets by request, “Mister Old Spice needs to reevaluate.”


My personal hair resume? Good hair is healthy hair. I sometimes rock my natural “nappy” fro at the beginning of a week, flat iron it straight for a different look at the end of the week and rock a clip in weave on the weekend — or any combo thereof — feeling beautiful and in love with myself in every single “look.”


I was ready to say forget you and the backwards horse on a beach you rode in on. Then I remembered that everything begins and ends with a conversation. We can’t have understanding if we don’t talk.


Isaiah called immediately to apologize and explain himself.


Isaiah Mustafa got in touch immediately to apologize and gave me an exclusive interview and full apology which will run soon on two major magazine sites. 


In the meanwhile please listen to the audio of the interview here (below) as I explained to him that black women have been under siege from Psychology Today to Nightline and the African beauty and self-esteem consequences of his comments. He was gracious, kind, honest and apologetic. 


For the record, Mustafa took full responsibly and was deeply sorry. 


I believed him to be genu
ine as we spoke about his daughter, mother and five sisters. He said that he was feeling down on himself about a “bad hair day” and trying to make amusing self-deprecating comments. He understands that with position comes power and will be more careful with his thoughts, words and deeds. 



Apologies for the sound discrepancies. Isaiah Mustafa’s voice is low in the beginning of the interview due to my recording. It’s a raw file but I wanted to get it to you ASAP. Breaking Bombshell news happens fast. 



ESSENCE.com Link:
Isaiah Mustafa, Apologizes for ‘Good Hair’ vs Nappy Hair Comments

 

 

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Comments

  1. Farsi

    Well said and well done Abiola as usual!

  2. Courtney Allen

    Good job, I like how you explained the issue and let him explain. You are a CLASS ACT.

  3. Anonymous

    YOU (Blog Host) are very professional and civil..educated and fair…..You do a great job…I still have lost my fan support for this guy…He knows he meant it and if he wasn't so far removed from Black culture he would have already "known" what that meant..he only dates Non-Black women anyway…so no fan-love lost..I do LOVE me some Giuliana Rancic, she is always so HONEST about what WW do…I LOVE that in her..

  4. Anonymous

    Honestly, wtf? Hair, seriously? People are offended by every thing nowadays and someone can't even joke about hair these days, for all things! At least he was being honest in what he wanted in a woman.

    I guess if he had said real breasts, implanted women everywhere would be in a uproar and would demand an apology. Or how about long legs? People suffering from Dwarfism would be raging about that!

    Just because some recent news publications have made racist remarks against women of African descent, that is no reason to be angry at Isaiah. If so, you must be angry of every comedian who jokes about black women ever. I find this utterly ridiculous to blame Isaiah. Blame those news outlets, not him.

  5. Rachel Johnson

    Nice interview Abiola. Your Busta is still my fave and Jackie a close second but really good job!! You could have and should have taken this dude to task but you handled yourself like a PRO. EXCELLENT!

  6. Anonymous

    Sad thing is 95 percent of black men think like this, he was just dumb enough to say it out loud.

  7. anna maria

    Celebs are always sorry after they say what they really think. He's a jackass.

  8. He's right when he said he's ignorant in his apology. Just because your partner has "good" hair doesn't mean the children will, they will still have half of his genes.
    Unfortunately it's going to take several generations to wipe out this "good hair nonsense. My hair is good because it healthy, even in it's natural afro state. If you want straight hair, that's up to the individual but don't dare call my hair bad.
    He needs to apologize to himself & re-evaluate his archaic thinking.

  9. Anonymous

    From one West Indian to the next, keep up the good work. You handled it honestly without being shrill or negative.

    I do think that Mustafa said what he meant, however. The self-loathing that exists among Black people, especially the ones in this country, is despicable.

  10. ANONYMOUS SAID…
    9/30/2011 6:53 PM
    Honestly, wtf? Hair, seriously? People are offended by every thing nowadays and someone can't even joke about hair these days, for all things! At least he was being honest in what he wanted in a woman.

    I guess if he had said real breasts, implanted women everywhere would be in a uproar and would demand an apology. Or how about long legs? People suffering from Dwarfism would be raging about that!

    Just because some recent news publications have made racist remarks against women of African descent, that is no reason to be angry at Isaiah. If so, you must be angry of every comedian who jokes about black women ever. I find this utterly ridiculous to blame Isaiah. Blame those news outlets, not him.

    I CAN TELL YOU ARE NOT BLACK OR ELSE YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND, 2ND, HE WAS BASICALLY SAYING LOW KEY THAT HE DID NOT WANT A BLACK WOMAN, HIS LITTLE GIRL THAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT IS MIXED, HIS EX IS WHITE SOME BECKY LOOKING WOMAN WHO STUCK WITH HIM ALL THESE YEARS BUT WHEN HE MADE IT BIG HE LEFT HER TO SCREW OTHER NON BLACK FEMALES MOST LIKELY I HATE OREOS LIKE THIS,

    I CAN'T STAND HIM. THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PREFERENCE AND REFUSING TO DATE YOUR OWN WHICH IS WHAT THIS OREO DOES. SUCKERS LIKE HIM NEED TO GET LYNCHED BECAUSE THEY ARE TOTALLY PROVING TO THE WHITE MAN WHAT THEY BEEN FEARING ALL ALONG.

  11. Anonymous

    All I can say is, he needs to stand by what he says. I would've respected him more if he would've said, "Yeah, I said it and I meant it!" And what dude has a "bad hair day" when it's in a fade?? And what person self-deprecates themselves? He must think BW are stupid! Get outta here!

  12. Anonymous

    LOVE WHEN PEOPLE TALK IN ALL CAPS!!!1 IT MAKES YOU LOOK SO INTELLIGENT. CALLING HIM AN OREO IS ALSO NOT RACIST AT ALL!!!!11

  13. Anonymous

    Some commenters here use exactly the same language as those neo-nazi pricks. Black Nationalism and White Nationalism all sounds like the same bs to me. Get over your racism. Who cares if a black man prefers white women? Only a racist(black or white) thinks it's wrong.

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