Series

Alex Rodriguez Claps Back About His Skin Tone

Link in Bio with Jenny and Alejandro
After appearing in the front row of a Minnesota Timberwolves NBA game, baseball legend Alex Rodriguez took to social media to respond to comments that his skin tone was unrecognizably dark. The former Yankee and Mr. Jennifer Lopez explained he’d been in the sun on vacation but the exchange highlights a longstanding debate about Blackness in the Latino community and among Dominicans, especially.
Show transcript
00:00
All right guys. So my favorite Yankee is back in the
00:04
news, Alex Rodriguez and he got caught up,
00:07
man, he was getting cooked on Twitter.
00:08
like I think Friday.
00:10
So apparently he got really tanned on vacation and people were,
00:15
you know, he was just trending online.
00:17
Like what's up with a Rod?
00:19
Why does he look like that?
00:20
You know what I did see some tweets about like was
00:22
it a newscast or something?
00:23
Like he was like,
00:25
he was sitting courtside and he was sitting next to Stephen A
00:27
Smith and they were like this,
00:29
this is not the A Rod we remember from 2009 like what
00:33
is going on? So a Rod of course,
00:35
had to take some shots back.
00:37
He had to address the rumors or the speculations of,
00:40
of his skin color.
00:42
And he said, all right,
00:43
everybody I know that I'm dark but I'm Dominican and we and
00:46
I went on vacation and I fell asleep in the sun and
00:49
he closes off by saying Tranqui Lito is suave CTO mi gente
00:52
But you know,
00:53
the controversies continue, man,
00:56
like, what's the controversy like?
00:57
Why do you have to add that in there like,
00:59
you know, keep calm people.
01:01
Well, you know,
01:02
there's some, you know,
01:03
complicated history when it comes to,
01:05
you know, Dominicans accepting blackness.
01:09
we share the island with Haiti.
01:11
So some people, you know,
01:12
just don't wanna, you know,
01:13
accept some, embrace it,
01:16
they don't want some,
01:17
embrace it. Some don't.
01:19
And I don't know if you're familiar with the phrase,
01:21
I'm not black, I'm Dominican.
01:23
But every time that topic comes up,
01:26
boom, you get hit usually with that tweet or that phrase
01:29
where it just makes whoever was talking about it just question,
01:33
you know, are you Dominican?
01:34
Are you black? Like what,
01:36
what side are you on?
01:38
And a famous example of that is Sammy Sosa who critics
01:42
accuse of lighting his face.
01:44
I mean, no,
01:45
I mean it's like the opposite of a rod.
01:46
I do not remember that man right there behind me like that
01:50
Sammy, that's not the Sammy.
01:51
I grew up, man and whatever it is you used to
01:54
do when you set the home run,
01:55
but that's not him no more.
01:57
So it sounds like this is nothing new like it's been going
01:59
on for a while man growing up in a Dominican household.
02:03
I wanna say this has been a topic since I was
02:06
a kid and it just so happens that tomorrow February 27 is
02:10
the 180th anniversary of Dominican independence.
02:13
So yeah, man.
02:14
Get the Brugal Manana Cebe Mangu Platanos.
02:19
I need all that.
02:20
Turn up. Que que,
02:23
hey, but thank you for the breakdown,
02:25
man. It's amazing.