Robinson pointed out that parents continue to turn their kids onto Motown music before he took on Lopez’s critics.
“So now you’re gonna try to diminish the scope of Motown and narrow it down to just music for Black people and you call yourself defending the image of Motown,” he said. “Well you’re trying to set us back a hundred years. If you call yourself loving Motown, be happy that we reached so many people and broke down so many racial barriers and that an artist like Jennifer, even after hearing all your negative comments, still loved Motown enough to do the tribute anyway.”
Prior to the performance, Robinson also defended the selection of Lopez.
Smokey Robinson calls Jennifer Lopez Motown tribute complainers ‘stupid’
“I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset,” Robinson told Variety. “I think anyone who is upset is stupid.”