Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley became emotional recently when talking about the ways some racists on the Internet have responded to her marriage. Mowry-Housley opened up about the subject on an episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” which aired Friday on OWN. The actress and twin said that the criticism she received was “hurtful” and that she was shocked to find that there’s still so much hate.
The former “Tia and Tamera” co-star said that she is the product of an biracial relationship and has been called names throughout her life. Tears rolled down her face as she listed some of the disturbing names. Internet bullies have also made references to slavery when offering their thoughts on her marriage to FOX correspondent Adam Housley, who is white.
“When my husband and I are so open and we’re fine, what we’re showing is love. 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. Ever. I get called white man’s whore…The new one was, “Back in the day, you cost $300. But now, you’re giving it to him for free”…[…] Stuff that I, me as a person, could never even fathom. I can’t even think of these words. It’s very hard for me to think of it 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. […] This was the big one. They say, ‘Oh, Tia’s a true Black woman because she married a Black man.’ Oh, I’m less of a Black person because I married white?” she said.
Mowry-Housley said that she would rather focus on being a good wife and mother than on the hate that spews online. The couple married in May 2011 in Napa Valley. They welcomed their 14-month-old son, Aden, on Nov. 12, 2012.