Tiffany Haddish is not here for the critics, and just like the strong woman she is, she doesn’t let it faze her. The comedian has had her fair share of judgment in the past few months, alone.
“I seen some of the stuff people been saying, they be saying some mean stuff and I just be like, ‘Well you know, y’all can’t be meaner than my mama! So, say what you want to. I could care less,” the 39-year-old said in an interview with Shadow and Act.
From bombing her New Year’s Eve performance to PETA responding to her social justice protest, none of it comes close to the disapproval she’s gotten from the black community, especially men. One person, in particular, who has given her a hard time is fellow comedian, Katt Williams. In an interview with Frank And Wanda In the Morning, he said, “She has been doing comedy since she was 16; you can’t tell me your favorite Tiffany Haddish joke,” and so much more. Watch below:
Although the “Nobody’s Fool” star gave Katt nothing but praise after his disrespectful comments, he wasn’t the only person to voice his opinion of her. Even author, Dr. Boyce Watkins tweeted that “Tiffany Haddish is exactly what white supremacists want to see. She would have been the most famous slave on the plantation,” and went into further discussion about it on his YouTube channel.
And here lies the problem, in her comedy, people like Boyce think she “sets back the Black community 100 years,” to which she just laughs. “I don’t get offended by it. I just think, ‘You guys, think back 100 years ago. A Black woman like me, 100 years ago, would be dead,'” said Tiffany.
But if you think about it, it’s rude and insensitive to make those types of comments when the Los Angeles native is truly being herself in her craft. And regardless of what anyone thinks, instead of pushing our community back, she truly believes she propels it: “I want to be an inspiration to all people—especially people who have been abandoned and abused and hurt like I have. So, if me being myself is setting the Black community back 100 years, well dammit, I don’t wanna be there…I think I set us forward 100 years. And not just the Black people, all people.”
If you ask the author about why people come for her, her response is simple: “I think a lot of them [Black men] talk mess because I inspire Black women to be great, to be themselves, and they’re like ’Ahhhh, I can’t control her anymore!'”
She can’t be tamed, and she’ll continue to inspire those who will listen. Point. Blank. Period.
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