No Vibe for white artists?

Robin Thicke recently criticised Vibe magazine for not putting him on their cover due to the colour of his skin.

“When I did a recent interview with Vibe Magazine I asked, ‘Why can’t I get the cover? This is a magazine I love. If there’s one magazine that I’d want to be on the cover of, it’s Vibe,” Thicke told Billboard. “Their response was they don’t have white artists on the cover; that the only white artist they’ve had on the cover was Eminem.”

Speaking to in 2007, Robin said “[Being white] always is affecting my career. I mean the world is racist and the world is stereotyped, and you know everybody has a tendency to go with what they see rather than what they feel and I’ll forever be seen as the ‘soulful white guy’ and I don’t mind that, just as Ray Charles will forever be seen as the soulful black blind guy. We all have our labels depending on who we are visually, but when I listen to Ray Charles’ CD I don’t see anything except what I feel from his music, and that’s what I’d like people to do – is open their hearts, and just be touched by the music. But you gotta make great music for that to happen, for you to be able to break down visual barriers.”

Danyel Smith, Vibe‘s Editor-In-Chief, released a statement regarding Robin Thicke and his comments on the magazine:

“We have a great deal of respect for Robin Thicke and his music, and we remain flattered by his desire to be on a Vibe cover,” Smith explained in her statement. “A Vibe cover is a huge milestone in any artist’s career — recent cover stars include Young Jeezy, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Usher, Senator Barack Obama, Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Robert De Niro, to say nothing of our 15-year history. We wish Thicke the best, and we’re glad he discusses his thoughts on race and R&B in the new October 2008 issue of Vibe.”

Robin Thicke‘s interview will appear in Vibe‘s October issue with Ciara on the cover.

Source: HipHopDX