It’s only Monday. And already another famous white person’s being insensitive. If you tuned into this year’s VMA’s you noticed early into the show that Rebel Wilson came on stage dressed up as a cop. Off top, I immediately said “Aww shit,” to myself. Because I knew this could only go left. So Wilson says (as she rips off her cop uniform):
“A lot of people have problem with the police, but I really hate police strippers. You guys know what I’m talking about. They come to your house, you think you’re getting arrested, and you just get a lap dance that is usually uninspired! I hired police stripper for my grandma’s 80th, and he wouldn’t even feel her up…. I hate this injustice, hence the shirt.”
And I immediately grit my teeth. For one, the whole joke and act was not funny. It was just Rebel Wilson relying on her “it’s funny because I’m fat” kind of humor like she always does. So I was uncomfortable because the joke was corny and Rebel is just standing there being weird. Let me just go off on a tangent for a moment here: The state of comedy in my generation is just terrible. It seems like today’s VMA-friendly comedian thinks being totally outrageous is all that factors into comedy. Sticking your tongue out, wearing unflattering attire, screaming, saying politically incorrect things just for shock value – is not comedy. What it is is attention-seeking at worst and cheap laughs at best. I’m so irritated by today’s lazy ass comedians!
I was just thinking the other day that the black experience in America has always been this bad. Police brutality, racism, the crack epidemic, gang violence, inner-city poverty, etc are sensitive topics that were tackled brilliantly by Chris Rock, Richard Pryor, The Wayans, Dick Gregory, Eddie Murphy, Moms Mabley. So I’m not coming to you saying that #BlackLivesMatter is totally off limits when it comes to comedy, I’m just saying be intelligent. Be funny. Don’t be a dick. Don’t use this CRISIS for your five minutes of attention. Black bodies and our suffering does not equate to a cheap laugh.
What activists are trying to do right now is dismantle an oppressive system and the hardest part by far seems to be getting people to give a fuck. In these times, nobody wants to believe that there is in fact a state-protected and financed genocide happening right now. So for Rebel Wilson to use the term “injustice” wantonly only justifies the mindset of culturally insensitive people across the nation. Comedy that does not push the envelope or challenge the status quo is not funny.
Take a look at Rebel not being funny below (via DailyMail):
Here’s what some Twitter peeps had to say:
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