Santana, who’s of Dominican descent, began trending on Twitter this week after an interview from two years ago with Breakfast Club host Angela Yee about her dating preferences resurfaced online. During Yee’s “Lip Service” podcast, Santana said she preferred to date Black men because they put Latina women on a pedestal.
The 2016 interview with Yee, Santana, and “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” alum Betty Idle stemmed from their discussion about Jennifer Lopez’s romance with music producer Sean “Diddy” Combs. Santana, who appeared to be rooting for the music duo to rekindle their relationship, then began talking about her preference for Black men.
“I just like Black guys and Spanish girls. Y’all can keep the Puerto Rican men, I’m good. I do Black guys all day, sorry. I did the Spanish thing… doesn’t work out for me. I think they’re too emotional,” Santana said to Yee.
The “LHHNY” actress then detailed the reason for her dating preference and found herself babbling midsentence before seemingly comparing Latina and Black women.
“Black guys cater to us Spanish girls, especially. Like they … you know what, let me not get into it. Black girls gonna take it personal, they gonna be like, ‘uh-uh,'” Santana added.
Santana’s interview infuriated social media and caused a stir among fans who deemed her a racist.
“Cyn Santana basically said that she dates Black men because they treat Spanish women better than Black women 😳, Black women have “attitudes”. Sis, your Black man beats women into miscarriages and writes songs about it. your Black man got you begging for dick on tv.”
“Cyn it wasn’t out of context because you specifically said Black men cater to Spanish women especially, after being asked why you like Black men. Then said ‘let me stop before the Black girls take it personal’ . So you knew what you said was going to ruffle a few feathers and you Black yourself!”
“I’m so disappointed in Cyn 1 she’s damn there Black herself and 2 for comparing Spanish woman at a hierarchy to Black women & other racist s–t 😒 and insinuating we have attitudes. Her own ‘Black Guy’ won’t even give her any dick!”
Santana responded to the controversy she was met with in a serious of tweets on Jan. 9. She first defended herself by saying it was an “old ass interview” that “was taken out of context.” She apologized to fans she offended in the podcast and said she’s never bashed a Black woman in her “life.”
“I wanna be VERY clear on where EYE stand. I’ve never bashed a black woman in my life. NEVER have and never WILL. It ain’t in ME. I don’t feel it,” Santana tweeted. ” I improperly used the word ‘especially’ in the interview which made it seem to some as if I was separating myself and looking down on. … I especially love THE BLACK WOMAN. I’ve never in my life bashed one. Never will.”
The 26-year-old later explained that she meant to say during the interview that the Black men she dealt with always treated her well.
She also addressed folks who called her racist.
“One thing I’m not is a racist/woman basher. Every day I make a conscious effort to be a better and wiser person. So once again I apologize because my intent is NEVER to hurt or attack,” she added.
Joe Budden chimed into the conversation about his fiancée Santana’s remarks and said she doesn’t “look down on a soul.”
“I’ve spoken to her all morning,” Budden tweeted. “It’s important to explain why ppl are angered & where you made the error.. She doesn’t look down on a soul.. but cook, i know how this goes.”