So, let me just cut to the chase, son. The way I see it, Lena Waithe needs to lay low right now. I mean, given all of the fuckery surrounding Jason Mitchell and The Chi, she probably shouldn’t be calling out Will Smith and Denzel Washington. Hell, those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, man. All in all, I don’t necessarily have a problem with the message, fam. The truth is, I have a REAL issue with the messenger, bruh.
Ok, for those who missed it, Waithe just tried to take Smith, Washington and other Black actors to task. Basically, she feels like not enough high-profile Black actors are funding independent films from Black directors and writers. As an example, she noted that Brad Pitt‘s production company, Plan B, was the entity behind Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave. In her view, that responsibility should lie with folks within the Black community.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend like Waithe doesn’t have a point, son. Shit, as a Black dude, I would love for actors like Smith and Washington to back as many Black films as humanly possible. On the real, I absolutely believe it’s our community’s job to pay it forward, man. However, given the way Waithe (didn’t) handle that Jason Mitchell situation, I feel like she is the LAST person who should sound judgy about anyone, fam.
Look, it’s kind of hard for me to look at her as a champion for Black people when she wasn’t a champion for women, bruh. Real talk, two women were sexually assaulted on HER SHOW and she barely did anything about it, son. First, Tiffany Boone complained about Mitchell’s inappropriate behavior. From there, instead of firing him, Waithe hired Ayanna Floyd Davis as the showrunner. Next, when it was clear that Mitchell was still on that fuckity-fuck shit, Waithe’s response was in poor taste, man.
Listen, in response to Floyd Davis’ gripes, Waithe literally said “I don’t regret making a Black woman a showrunner. I do regret trusting her to handle it all by herself. Just cause you look like me, don’t mean you act like me.” Fam, what the fuck does that even mean?! Shit, it sounds like she’s blaming Floyd Davis for not having control of the situation. But, why should it be on her to stop Mitchell’s harassment, bruh? Nah, homie should’ve been kicked off of the fucking show from the gate, son!
In the end, maybe I’m being a little hard on Waithe, man. Then again, I don’t really give a shit, fam. The fact is, if women are getting assaulted on Waithe’s show, I don’t want to hear her opinion on other Black actors. Ultimately, she should take care of home before she comes for someone else’s neck, bruh. By and by, her callout rubbed me the wrong way, son. At the end of the day, she’s right and deadass wrong at the same fucking time, brethren. That is all. LC out.