The Problem With People Calling Out Tiffany Haddish & Kevin Hart

I’ve been seeing a lot of people lately talking about how stereotypical the roles Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart play. They say that Tiffany Haddish is the stereotype of the loud mouth, ghetto black woman and Kevin Hart is the stereotype of the emasculated black man.

Although I agree with people who say this, I also think it comes off as a little hypocritical. I think so because the vast majority of the popular black comedians, male or female, have made their careers based off of some stereotype. They’re nothing more than a modern day minstrel show!

Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, and many, many others have emasculated themselves and played stereotypical roles of black women in tons of movies and TV shows.

Bernie Mac played the stereotypical role of the big, scary black man.

Even Katt Williams has played stereotypical roles. Friday After Next is a huge example. He played the role of an emasculated black man. He also played the role of a pimp. And we all know there’s nothing to glorify about pimps! And he disrespected a black woman all throughout the whole movie. Where are the people to call that out?

There are so many black comedians who have played stereotypical roles in Hollywood, yet no one is dissecting their comedy skits and movies and talking about how bad it is for the black image. When this is called out, people’s excuses for it is because they are “legends”.

If you’re going to call someone out for something, keep the same energy when it comes to others! Don’t pick and choose who to call out when they’re all doing the same thing. At that point, not only do you look like a hypocrite, you expose yourself for not really caring about black stereotypical roles being played. You just want an excuse to talk down about someone because you don’t like them. Just say you don’t like Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish and move on! Don’t make the excuse that it’s “because they play stereotypical roles that make black people look bad” as the reason you don’t like them. We have to stop being blinded by big names and turning a blind eye to what they do, then turn into a lynch mob for someone just because their status isn’t as big.

Also, I believe that calling out Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, or any black comedian, for that matter, for playing these roles is a little misguided. I think we need to start calling out Hollywood for this. Why do they keep pushing these roles on our people? I feel like some people are too afraid to call out Hollywood for the shady things they do.

If Hollywood isn’t going to stop pushing these roles on our people, I think it’s about time (it’s BEEN time!) we create an alternative for our people to go to so they won’t have to do that because, let’s be real. No one is going to turn down all that money Hollywood offers because a role is “stereotypical”, especially if they need it. I’ve heard many people say Tiffany Haddish was homeless before her big break. I hear this about many stars in Hollywood. A lot of them were broke or homeless before their big break. Maybe some people will turn down a role because it’s stereotypical. But Hollywood will always find someone who will take it.

We need our own media where our people can still get paid nicely without selling out like this. Also, these people have to be willing to support it if someone does start to create a media for us that doesn’t depict us in a bad light. People can’t be so eager to sell out and leave behind an opportunity for us to have something of our own, then complain about us not having any good roles to play. We as the audience need to support it as well. Let’s stop supporting comedians who play these types of roles and give our support to more deserving comics.

Author: mysparkingthoughts

I am a young woman with a whole lot to say. I see myself as some type of messenger.

5 thoughts on “The Problem With People Calling Out Tiffany Haddish & Kevin Hart”

  1. Actually, I think Black people are doing Black comedians a huge disservice. Comedy, as a career, has been very very good for us as a people, and through comedy we have managed to open doors into other fields of endeavor and accomplish things we never would have been able to if we hadn’t “eaten a bit of crow”, from time to time. There have been times Black People couldn’t get any other kind of work, or get our foot in the door any other way except through making white people laugh. There’s making comedy to appeal to White people, and the kind that appeals entirely to us, And there is a difference between the two.
    I actually like both Kevin Hart and Ms. Haddish. They’re two of my current favorites, but I think it’s getting to the point where anytime black people have fun in a movie everybody wants to throw around the new buzzwords, “coonery “ and “minstrelsy”. It’s as if Black People aren’t allowed to have fun anymore. We’re not allowed to make each other laugh anymore. Especially at a time when we so desperately need laughter as a form of self care.
    Instead, The laughter has to be respectable and I’m not for respectability politics. I like Tiffany for just that reason. She’s not doing the kind of genteel and gentle comedy meant to appeal to the sensibilities of white people. It’s meant to appeal to us. She comes across as her authentic self in a way a lot of women actresses don’t.
    You’re right about part of this. What we’ve always done is make comedy that’s appealing to white people. At some point we started to make comedy to suit ourselves and I’m never going to deride that type of comedy. Even when it’s not necessarily my type. I don’t feel that Comedy for us by us is inherently a bad thing. Being loud and ghetto isn’t inherently a bad thing. We think it’s bad only because , in the immortal words of Wanda Sykes, “ White people are looking atchoo!”

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      1. And sometime these are the roles a person will take to get their foot in the door and make a big enough names for themselves where they can not just call the shots on what roles they will play, but open doors for others, start production companies, introduce new comedians and actors, and generally help others. I think all black comedians started out taking roles that looked foolish to us and as their career gained momentum they are able to do things they couldn’t do when they were beginners. Look at Eddie Murphy’s career. He started out as a comedic sidekick to NickNolte getting laughed at by white people, but then later he used that as a stepping stone to get projects made like Coming to America, Harlem Nights, and The Nutty Professor, jumpstarting several peoples careers at the time, who went on to form their own projects. Eddie could never have become Dr. Doolittle if he hadn’t started as a sidekick first.

        I’m eager to see where Hart’s and Haddishs careers are gonna be in ten years, or twenty, and what things they will have accomplished. I hope it will be great things. I don’t begrudge them unlikeable roles now, if it means greatness later.

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