‘The Real’s’ Jeannie Mai trashed for ‘dark meat on the side’ comments (video)

Jeannie Mai. (Photo: Instagram – @jeanniemai)

Social media can be an unforgiving and cold place, and it also has the memory of an elephant. It never forgets. Just ask “The Real” co-host Jeannie Mai.

Soon after Mai and rapper Jeezy announced their official relationship on Instagram, fans of “The Real” excavated a long-buried episode where Mai makes controversial utterances regarding her infatuation with Black men. She also insinuated that Black men were not marriage material in her opinion.

The episode is several years old and includes the ever-frenetic Tamar Braxton. Loni Love and Braxton checked Jeannie Mai in “The Real” episode which has resurfaced and now people are dragging Jeezy’s boo-thang for allegedly being “racist”.

As Love discussed her dating history with Black and Asian men, she asked Mai, “You dated Black guys?”

Mai’s response was immediate and enthusiastic, but many fans said it was also foul … very foul.

“Love Black guys. For me, dark meat on the side; White keeps me mean and lean. That’s why I married White. That’s what I like.”

“What do you mean dark meat on the side?” Love barked back with burrowed eyebrows.

Braxton was the most demonstrative of the co-hosts in demanding that Mai explain herself. “Wait, what are you reading it as? “How did you say it? You like your main man to be White and your side piece to be Black …”

Finally, the other co-host, Tamera Mowry, convinced Mai to elaborate on her thoughts.

Check out this episode from a few years back:

Black Twitter swarmed all over Mai for her previous pronouncements about her attraction to Black men and their place in her life. The results were not pretty. Here is a sampling of the responses:




















Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks

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