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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 11:12 AM

Here’s Why Black Men Are Big Mad On Social Media About Season 3 Of ‘Insecure’

By: Elliah Dash-Stell

Here’s Why Black Men Are Big Mad On Social Media About Season 3 Of ‘Insecure’
Twitter is in a rage right now. 

Issa Rae, co-creator and main star of the HBO smash Insecure, recently dished that one of the central themes of the show's third season (which is coming back sort of soon) will be Black masculinity and black men figured out a way to be upset at this announcement. 

"I don't want to give anything away," she explained to The Hollywood Reporter. "I love Black masculinity as it relates to Black women. I think that's something interesting that we haven't gotten a chance to explore yet — and specifically toxic male Black masculinity as it relates to Black women. I'm trying to find a way to explore that and get a rounded storyline that isn't preachy."

The actress' comments soon sparked a bit of backlash from social media users, including many Black men.

One nay-sayer penned a lengthy thread, arguing that Issa is unqualified to properly translate this sensitive topic onto the small screen. For the record, the show’s writing seem seems to be pretty diverse (in both gender and sex), so it’s not like Issa is in it alone, anyway? 


His tweet read: Issa Rae teases Season 3 "Insecure" will be about black masculinity. A topic I bet she thinks she's an expert on. My guess is she'll follow the trend of other prominent black women producers/directors/writers in filmmaking and promote some sort of [expletive] about black men.


Issa Rae’s Insecure co-star and former love interest, Jay Ellis, jumped to her defense and schooled one of the trolls on just why he was far off-base with his take.


Actress Reagan Gomez also jumped out there to defend Issa Rae:


Needless to say, their defense didn't put a stop to more negative responses to Issa’s announcement:

Issa previously rocked a similar boat when fans noticed that she had made some interesting comments in her 2015 memoire, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.

"This is why I propose that black woman and Asian men join forces in love, marriage, and procreation," she penned. "Educated black women, what better intellectual match for you than an Asian man? And I'm not talking Filipinos; they're like the blacks of Asians. I'm talking Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, et cetera."

Anyway, outrage about the upcoming episodes’ focus is nothing new—people have plenty of opinions about what does on behind-the-scenes, story-wise. Insecure was once criticized for now showing the characters wrapping it up in intimate encounters.

Issa addressed the complaints at the time, tweeting, “We tend to place condoms in the backgrounds of scenes or imply them […] But we hear you guys and will do better next season.”




Insecure returns August 12, 2018. So far, it has won a Peabody Award, an AFI award for Best TV Program of the Year, as well as placing third last year in the African-American Film Critics Association’s Top 10 TV Shows, among other accolades.


Where do you stand on Issa Rae’s announcement on Black Masculinity as one of the central themes for the new season of Insecure?

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