There’s a war of words between actress LisaRaye McCoy and pop singer Dencia. And the war centers around products like the “WHITENICIOUS DARK SPOTS REMOVER – 60G,” which sells for $100 on the Whitenicious by Dencia website. LisaRaye, who famously hails from Chicago and was introduced to the world as the infamous stripper Diamond in The Player’s Club, gave an interview to Big Tigger on his radio show about her new movie, Skinned. During that interview, McCoy claims she said “White-a-licious,” not “White-n-icious,” reports TMZ, when describing the danger of skin whitening creams that allegedly cause cancer.
According to Rolling Out, LisaRaye’s Skinned movie celebrated a standing-room only release party. The film is playing on TVOne throughout January.
While the video interview with LisaRaye and Big Tigger isn’t readily found online, Dencia has said she might sue LisaRaye for claiming the Whitenicious products are dangerous. But LisaRaye has clapped back at Dencia, saying that the skin-whitening cream seller owes her a debt of thanks. Dencia wanted LisaRaye to issue a mea culpa for claiming her product causes cancer.
After Dencia’s threats of lawsuits, C. Anthony Mulrain — an attorney for McCoy — claimed that LisaRaye didn’t call out Whitenicious, but spoke of “Whitealicious” during her radio interview. Until the video of the radio interview resurfaces, viewers and listeners can’t judge for themselves whether LisaRaye indeed said Whitenicious — referring directly to Dencia’s products, or Whitealicious.
Either way, LisaRaye’s claims that skin bleaching products leave folks with dark spots on their kneecaps were confirmed by the CNN report titled “Light and shadows: Skin bleaching in Uganda,” which shows plenty of women getting their knuckles and knees bleached, because the skin is harder to bleach in those areas.
The IMDB summary of Skinned provides a premise that relies on skin-bleaching creams being dangerous.
“Skinned is a character-driven drama about a young lady whose insecurities about her skin color, misconception about beauty, and search for romance causes her to bleach her skin beyond recognition in an attempt to capture the heart of the perfect suitor, leads to the detriment of her health. Fast forward 10 to 15 years later, she is a beautiful model with a wonderful husband, but discovers that she’s developed some complications due to the chemicals found in certain skin bleaching creams. To make matters worse, her husband discovers her damaging little secret. Now, with the assistance of a psychiatrist, Jolie must go on a journey into her past to face her demons in an effort to sustain her future.”
Dencia, meanwhile, tweeted about the melee on her IamDencia Twitter account, asking why folks are criticizing her for making safe skin-bleaching products that people have used for years.
“Y’all hating on me 4 creating a safe product that other races have created similar but unsafe s*** that y’all and ur ancestors use?”
The Whitenicious maker also says that all the publicity only gives her more sales.
“Everytime a celeb or blog mentions Whitenicious, saying anything good or bad, the sales go up 1000%, so hey keep talking.”
Dencia wanted a retraction from LisaRaye, but LisaRaye is expected to provide a Facebook and Twitter statement saying LisaRaye wasn’t dogging out Dencia’s product. Thus far, LisaRaye’s Facebook doesn’t appear to mention Whitenicious. Nor does LisaRaye’s Twitter mention Whitenicious that can be readily found as of this writing.
Dencia’s changed appearance is proof positive that her skin bleaching creams work — but the long-term results aren’t yet known. Nor is skin bleaching something limited to the U.S. and Africa. Women around the world — from Kingston, Jamaica, to Korea and beyond — have been known to use skin-bleaching creams. In Jamaica, physicians have reported that the skin lightening practice has reached dangerous proportions.
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