Dallasblack.com: "Insecure" Star Issa Rae Addresses 'Lack Of Condom Use' Controversy


Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:06 AM

"Insecure" Star Issa Rae Addresses 'Lack Of Condom Use' Controversy

By: Monya Fleming

"Insecure" Star Issa Rae Addresses 'Lack Of Condom Use' Controversy
HBO's "Insecure" has come under fire for not promoting safe sex, following their steamy episode on Sunday night.  

Critics took to social media to complain about the lack of condom use, which led to Issa Rae addressing the issue.

The fourth episode of season 2 recently featured Lawrence, played by Jay Ellis, having a impromptu threesome with two random women from the grocery store. 

However, fans of the show took issue with the explicit scene after there was no mention of any form of contraception. 

In episode 3, Issa hooks up with her downstairs neighbor Eddie. Viewers loved the scene, but noticed neither appeared to grab a condom before getting down and dirty.

Fans of the show began questioning why the creators of "Insecure" weren't making it apparent the stars were using protection. Viewers hopped on Twitter to ask "where are the condoms?"

Radio host Charlamagne the God tweeted, “Are we ever going to see a condom on #InsecureHBO?"

Show creator, co-writer, and star, Issa Rae, responded to all the controversy on social media. Rae insists the show does imply condom use in sex scenes and promises to make using protection more apparent on season 3. 

Issa tweeted, "We tend to place condoms in the backgrounds of scenes or imply them," sharing a screen-grab of condoms on a dresser taken from a sex scene. “But we hear you guys and will do better next season.”

Showrunner Prentice Penny weighed in on the condom controversy too.  Prentice tweeted that “In the writers room we always assume they do [use condoms]."

Fans brought up statistics about young black people and HIV rates and Penny defended the show, saying “We are just editing to get to emotional beats not to be misleading." He adds that the show is “not a PSA, documentary, [or] non profit organization.” 

He also added that it’s probably a bad idea to “look to ANY decisions our characters make as a compass” anyway.

Fans took to Twitter to praise Issa for addressing the issue and promising to make condom use more obvious on future episodes. Some fans pointed out the fact that it's unfair to target "Insecure" for its lack of condoms when most shows with sex scenes never feature condom use.  

The comedy/drama series, "Insecure" is partially based on Issa Rae's popular web series "Awkward Black Girl."
The show, created by Rae and Larry Wilmore, premiered online on September 23, 2016, via HBO Now and HBO Go. Since its release the show has gone on to receive critical acclaim. On November 14, 2016, HBO renewed the show for a second season. The second season premiered on July 23, 2017. On August 8, 2017 it was announced that the show was renewed for a third season.

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