Love & Hip Hop star Cyn Santana found herself defending comments she made on a two-year old podcast of Angela Yee’s “Lip Service.” Audio of Cyn making comments about Black men catering to Spanish women.
“They, black guys, cater to us Spanish girls, especially,” she said before stopping herself. “Like they – you know what, let me not even get into it. I didn’t mean it like that. Black girls are going to take it personal.”
As you can expect, Black women didn’t take to her words kindly, but Cyn took to Twitter to apologize and explain her former sentiments.
Cyn responded to fans who tweeted their concerns and admitted that she made a “bird” and ignorant statement while being naive to her own Afro-Latina ancestry.
Despite what one tweeter said, Cyn denied insinuating that Black men catering to Spanish women because of their attitude. Cyn was clearly in the wrong for what she said, but it isn’t a narrative we haven’t heard before.
Either way, the reality TV star handled her rebuttals well. She acknowledged her wrongdoing, made it a learning experience and didn’t run away from the conversation. We know a few celebs who can take a page out of her book.
See her responses to all the backlash, below:
Cyn Santana Responds To Backlash After Resurfaced Comments: ‘Black Men Cater To Us Spanish Girls’ was originally published on hellobeautiful.com
Nah I’m gonna explain myself because these strangers are black women. And I especially love THE BLACK WOMAN. I’ve never in my life bashed one. Never will. So yeah ima explain myself and shed some clarity on a clip that’s being spread around with little context https://t.co/HoxxtEvxSW— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
Let’s have this conversation. I’m not here to fight. 1-its an old interview. I no longer use that word. Growing up, EYE did not know that the N word was actually a BAD word that offended. Once I learned the TRUE meaning and how hurtful it was, I took the word out of my vocabulary https://t.co/mawwrN8aVD— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
Idk why. I would love to have this conversation. Im not scared to and I’m not here to fight. I think we SHOULD have this dialogue. Cause I understand the frustration. So let’s shed light on it and clear things up https://t.co/cox14vnbix— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
I wanna be VERY clear on where EYE stand. I’ve never bashed a black woman in my life. NEVER have and never WILL. It ain’t in ME. I don’t feel it. I improperly used the word “especially” in the interview which made it seem to some as if I was separating myself and looking down on— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
If I’ve offended anyone I do indeed apologize, I used the word “especially” in a way that changed the context of what i was trying to say for some, and while i was TRYING to be sensitive I used the word “personal” because I know its a sensitive topic. I’m not here to attack.— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
But now let’s have a deeper talk. I’m not mad at this conversation. I think its an important one to have actually even if it’s at my expense— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
Growing up there was always a lot of tension between a Latina woman and a black woman. Why? I never understood it. Until my recent adult years. I understood why it’s a sensitive thing. The things black women endured historically. Actually, a lot of thanks to y’all.— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
I’ve used the N word ignorantly most of my life not knowing that it was actually a bad word and it was offensive. Took that word out of my vocab. The term “Spanish” was commonly used, in urban culture, in the hood, in the ghetto, to describe a Latina. took that out of my vocab— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
I also never understood the term “Afro Latino” til recently. “Your nose is big and your hair is curly and nappy” yes. But I never knew what these terms were. It’s not that I didnt identify as Afro Latina or black. And truth is, I was afraid to offend anyone identifying as such— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
Y’all can say I’m dumb n ghetto. I’ve prob done a lot of dumb and ghetto shit my whole life but one thing I’m not is a racist/woman basher. Every day I make a conscious effort to be a better and wiser person. So once again I apologize because my intent is NEVER to hurt or attack— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
Girl pls bore someone else with that argument. I don’t think I’m better than a damn soul in this universe. The other stuff we can address if we’re ready to speak like adults. https://t.co/TRBkBIH8e9— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
That’s possible tho.... I didn’t know how heavy that word was. I’m talking bout the core of it. How truly demeaning it was. Why y’all always wanna fight everyone on here? I don’t act dumb. Im speaking from a genuine place. I’m growing just like y’all. Different struggles https://t.co/k6s4EX7RRv— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
It doesn’t sit well with me. I love people way too much. I love women way too much. I ESPECIALLY love women of color WAY too much. I said some bird shit. I was much younger. I appreciate your kind words, I hope you have an even better day ❤️✨✨ https://t.co/iEEtdbS87Y— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
Ok while I understand your frustration Queen I also would like to say that I am a nice person. Pretty funny too (I’m a Libra) I just said some bird shit one time 3 years ago on a silly podcast. It’s not a pattern in my character. Just a young little bird. Pls forgive me 🌹 https://t.co/hh4V7ROXIe— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
Hi Lo🌻 Thank you. Ok let’s chat, these are 2 good points. But first I have a question because I’m still confused. What is it to be Afro Latina? Black? Mix of both? Let’s clarify https://t.co/Twi2D44KwV— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
This is also a great point. I was just speaking from my personal growth and spiritual experience. But this is why I want to have the conversation. So let’s. Whose responsibility is it?? https://t.co/wTuEkx4qC6— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
Thank you. I appreciate your thoughts. I’m defending my character but I most importantly wanna have a transparent conversation with a solid group of black women who can correct me (and others) to change the narrative https://t.co/ZBYdYRNldv— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
I never ever ever said that. Not in a podcast. Not to a person. Not to myself. They added that on their own. Cancel culture. https://t.co/erj4EZO0II— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019
well I mean that would be just as ignorant if we’re truthfully speaking because you don’t know how Joe treats me (amazing by the way. Every relationship has its own hurdles, it’s life) but I understand the stance the defense and the point you were trying to make! ❤️ https://t.co/31nejpn5Gq— Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) January 9, 2019