Even though she appeared to be throwing a “Pedo, please” side-eye during the BET Awards last night, Tracee Ellis Ross would like to make it very clear she wasn’t doing that on purpose. In case you missed it, Tracee Ellis Ross’ maybe-shade moment happened as she was introducing a performance by Tyga and Chris Brown. For some reason, right before Tracee said Tyga’s name, she paused and looked off stage, then gritted her teeth. I like to imagine her mother makes the exact same face whenever she tells someone that she’s related to the Simpson family.
Can we revisit that shade moment right quick? pic.twitter.com/1oieqmFiu3
— Craig™ (@SmokeeRobinson) June 29, 2015
Of course, shortly after Tracee announced Tyga and Chris Brown’s performance, the internet assumed that was Tracee’s way of popping open a tiny cocktail umbrella and throwing an itty bitty hint of shade at Tyga. But Tracee says no. Tracee posted a video on Instagram of her trying to pronounce Tyga’s name and explained that she doesn’t hate him.
“Absolutely not thowing shade at @kinggoldchains (I’m not the shade throwing type) as u might remember from my TMurda “further exploration” video I have trouble saying his name right & I was nervous. I was hosting a live show. I was fighting in my head cause I was so scared I would say it the wrong way. That would have been awful. Saw him as he came off stage and there was nothing but love. You rock Tyga.”
“Would it have killed her to name drop his underage girlfriend while she was at it???” hissed Kris Jenner.
I think it’s pretty obvious that Tracee wasn’t throwing shade. If she wanted to, she wouldn’t have done it herself. She would have called legendary diva Diana Ross to the stage to do it for her. If you have access to the best, you get the best. The best part is, Tyga would have never even have known he was being shaded, because Diana Ross wouldn’t have even read his name off the teleprompter.
Because I don’t want to leave you with the taste of Tyga in your mouth, here’s Tracee walking the BET Awards red carpet before the show with Anthony Anderson.