Tyrese Gibson, who sings R&B under just his first name and has appeared in the Fast & Furious film franchise, posted an upsetting Instagram video where he uses a (presumably) homeless woman as a prop to help sell his new album, Black Rose. In the video, Tyrese sits next to the sleeping woman and compares her misfortune to the state of R&B. “We got a lot of people sleeping on R&B,” he says, later turning with a scornful look to the woman and asking “hello?” with no response.
As a general rule, it’s a really, really tasteless move to use the homeless as a prop, whether it’s to use them as Wi-Fi hotspots or to shill an album. SPIN has reached out to Tyrese’s rep for comment.