Why DeRay McKesson is Not Laughing
Comedy provides a space for witty truth telling.
However, who advised comedian Rebel Wilson to go on a national platform and mock, Black Lives Matter, one of the most important movements happening in society right now?
If you caught the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, chances are you witnessed the ill-advised “F* The Stripper Police” segment delivered by Wilson. The intent was to joke about strippers who dressed up like policemen, but the whole thing failed, miserably.
She stated:”A lot of people have problems with the police, but I have a problem with police strippers” and another insult, “I hate this injustice, hence the shirt.”
Cue me in on where in this spiel the funny lies?
Social activist, DeRay McKesson didn’t find the punch line either. Known for fearlessly expressing his views and opinions, especially as it relates to the lives of Black people and injustice, he addressed Rebel via Twitter pointing out exactly why her “jokes” did not fall in the “humorous” category.
— deray mckesson (@deray) August 31, 2015
Those who found light-hearted humor in the bit, caught DeRay’s attention as well.
Look, it’s simply not cool to joke about the way some police are wiping out Black lives. Nothing will make that a harmless punch line.
For MTV to allow such commentary during a show where Kanye West received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award and Nicki Minaj was a big draw for viewership, it’s a slap in the face for Black people to then insult a movement calling for an end to the attack on Black lives.