Tears flowed on a recent episode of Oprah Winfrey’s “Where are they Now?” show as one of the nation’s most popular set of twins discussed their relationships.
Sisters Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley, born in Germany to Black and White parents, gave details about the public backlash they have encountered over one sister’s interracial marriage.
“People choose to look past love and spew hate. That’s what hurts me. I’ve never experienced so much hate ever in my life,” said Mowry-Housley, who married Adam Housley, a Fox News correspondent, in May of 2011.
“I’ve been called ‘White man’s whore’ and the new one is ‘Back in the day you would have cost $300, now you’re giving it to him for free-- stop that,” she said her sister, in shock, wiped tears from her eyes.
“Me as a person could never even fathom or think of these words. It’s very hard for me to think of it because I’m a product of it. My mom is a beautiful Black woman and my dad is an amazing White man and I grew up seeing a family,” she said.
Mowry-Housely also said that she has battled with taunts that her sister is better because she is married to African American actor Cory Hardrict.
“They say, ‘Oh Tia’s a true Black woman because she married a Black man.’ Oh? I’m lesser of a Black person because I married White?” she asked.
Mowry-Hardrict said that even though she married a Black man, she has not escaped ridicule. Mowry-Hardrict said she’s been told her sister has “done it right by marrying a White man.”
Regardless of the bullying, the women say they are happily married, and both have had sons in the past two years.
The dynamic bi-racial duo first broke into Hollywood in 1994 when ABC produced “Sister, Sister,” a TV series about twins named Landry who were separated at birth and later reunited after a chance encounter in a mall.
The series would eventually move to a different network, WB, where it aired until 1999.
Both women have experienced success as adults, and briefly co-starred on a show together from 2011 to 2013 called “Tia and Tamera,” which aired on the Style Network and E!
Mowry-Hardrict now stars in “Instant Mom,” a Nickelodeon Channel series that is aired as a Nick at Nite sitcom, and Mowry-Housely is a co-host on “The Real,” a talk show featuring Tamar Braxton and Loni Love.