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LisaRaye McCoy says if Taylor Swift was black, her career would be ruined

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LisaRaye McCoy's opinion of Taylor Swift will open your eyes to a struggle black women face

If anyone knows how hard it can be to keep a squeaky clean public image, it's LisaRaye McCoy.

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Between her ugly divorce from Michael Misick to her public breakup with Duane Martin, the star of The Real McCoy has been headline fodder for tabloids for years.

"I have much thicker skin now," she said during an interview on Houston radio station 97.9 The Box. "Before I used to read it and go, 'That's not true. They don't know me,' and it really used to stick to me. Now you kind of have to remove yourself a little more. And I like the people that are unapologetically them."

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And now she's speaking out about how much harder it is for black women to build and maintain a positive image in the media, especially when it comes to dating.

"Because we have different sides, 'them' and 'us.' And when it’s 'them,' they could do whatever they want to do and it's like you could date five or six guys," she told the show's hosts, J-Mac and Madd Hatta. "Like Taylor Swift. We know that she has went through a lot of people at her young age."

For young, white celebrities like Swift, McCoy said, talking openly about dating isn't considered a bad thing — in fact, it's something fans love about Swift. For a black woman who acts the same or, say, stars in a sex tape like reality star, Kim Kardashian, McCoy said there are real career consequences.

"[Taylor Swift] sings about it all the time. Let that be a black girl and that's a problem. Let somebody do a sex tape that's a black girl and her career is ruined," the Single Ladies star continued. "She's not going to parlay it into fashion, into stores and into reality shows and marriage. So if we know this, to me that's why we have to brand ourselves differently now."

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Do you agree with LisaRaye McCoy's comments about Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian? Do you think they have an easier time keeping their media "brands" clean because they're not black? We want to hear your thoughts — sound off in the comments below!

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