Tiffany Haddish To Critics: “I Think I Set Us Forward 100 Years. And Not Just The Black People, All People”

In moments of her career, Tiffany Haddish has been criticized for portraying negative stereotypes on film and as a black women in entertainment. Many have felt that Haddish misrepresents aspects of the black community. 

Now, During a new chat with Shadow And Act’, Haddish has directly addressed those accusations and critics who think she sets black people back. Haddish would go on to in fact profess she sets black people and all people forward. Read an excerpt of her talk, below. Thoughts?      

Controversial figure Dr. Boyce Watkins has also been extremely critical of Haddish and her comedy, tweeting that: “Tiffany Haddish is exactly what white supremacists want to see. She would have been the most famous slave on the plantation.” “I think [that’s] hilarious,” Haddish says in response to people like Watkins saying she “sets back the Black community 100 years.” She says, “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.’ And anybody who— any other Black person— who wanted to speak their mind and be open and out there and be an inspiration to other Black people would be dead,” she says. “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, ‘cause a person like me would be dead already. Period. I think I set us forward 100 years. And not just the Black people, all people.” As for why she thinks this critics are coming for her, she offers some speculation: “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! Tiffany Haddish, you ruined this for me, ahhhhhhhh!’” Haddish laughs, “I don’t know.”

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