To paraphrase Saturday Night Live’s Roseanne Roseannadanna (played by the late Gilda Radner)
“…It just goes to show you, it’s always something; if it ain’t one thing, it’s another.”
Some of you may have heard or seen stories in the society news tabloids on TV and in social media about the comments being exchanged between these two comedian/actors. In a radio interview with Mike Epps that I listened to a few days ago, Epps said something disrespectful about Kevin Hart. It was shameful on Epps’ part. I won’t bother to post the link to that interview because I don’t want to be party to passing on fuel for others to listen and add their own comments. I want this thing to die and you’ll see why. Keep reading.
The following is my viewpoint on this issue, one in which I have yet to see anyone give a similar opinion. Perhaps people are too damn busy slamming one comedian/actor over the other. Well, I’m done with hearing about this mess and with seeing people on Facebook and Twitter ignorantly take sides about men whose personality and professional relationship I’m willing to bet many know little to nothing about.
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Why can’t two young Black comedians just get along? When asked certain questions about his colleagues in the radio interview, Epps could have simply said he didn’t want to comment. That would have been the most professional and respectable thing to do.
CHECK IT: The business of comedy, television, film, music and other forms of entertainment, especially that which stars or features Black people, is hard enough as it is. No one who is Black in that business can afford to be putting down another. Instead, they should be supportive of each other’s work – and say as much when asked in radio/TV interviews, society publications and the sort. Doing that simply will show – if not inspire a sense of unity of Black people in the business. If Black celebrities have some disagreement with another person (which happens with anyone, regardless of ethnicity), they ought to keep that shit on the down low and completely out of the sight and hearing of fans or those people who look up to them for some kind of inspiration.
Finally, social media tends to make those senseless conflicts between celebrities worse when fans or common folk people take sides and decide to add disparaging or nasty comments of their own. All that does is add fuel to the fire of dispute and causes division and strife. People who choose to further perpetuate publicized celebrity conflicts are no better than those actually involved and thus they ought to be ashamed. I say, stay the fuck out of it and shut the fuck up about it. Surely there are more important things people can talk, fuss and hopefully do something about.