The Shortlist for Jan. 13
Tamera Mowry on Internet racism: 'I'm proud' of my marriage 'because it's based on love'
In the wake of her 2011 wedding, former "Tia and Tamera" star Tamera Mowry says she's faced enormous online, racism-fueled criticism regarding her relationship with Adam Housley.
"It's hurtful, because my husband and I are so openly and fine with showing love, but people choose to look past love and spew hate. That's what hurts me because I've never experienced so much hate ever in my life," said Tamera during an appearance Friday on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" excerpted by E! News.
As she cried openly on the segment, Mowry went into graphic detail about the kinds of insults being lobbied her way. "I get called 'white man's whore,'" she said. "The new one was 'back in the day you cost $300, but now you're giving it to him for free."
Referring to her own parents' interracial marriage, she said, "I couldn't even fathom or think of these words, because I'm a product of it. My mom is a beautiful black woman and my dad is an amazing white man, and I grew up seeing a family. I didn't grow up saying, 'Oh, that's a white man.'"
Tamera continued, "I love my husband so much. I love our family. I love our dynamic. I'm proud to be in the relationship I am because it's based on love. Pure love."
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