Why Issa Rae Won’t Address Trump or #MeToo on 'Insecure'
“I just have a no Trump policy with the show,” the “Insecure” creator and star tells TooFab.
Issa Rae wants "Insecure" to feel timely and relevant, but not at the expense of forcing viewers to be exposed to even moreDonald Trump than they already are in their daily lives.
The star and creator of the hit HBO comedy told TooFab she has a "no Trump policy" and explained why she purposely avoided the #MeToo movement in Season 3, which premieres in 2018.
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"I think we aim to reflect everything that’s going on in a grounded way, but also we don’t want to make anything feel dated," she told TooFab at Macy’s celebration of Black History Month in Los Angeles on Saturday. "So you’re not going to see the hashtag MeToo movement, you’re not going to hear anything about Times Up, you’re not going to hear anything about Trump because I just have a no Trump policy with the show. Because I don’t want people to look back and be reminded of him or feel the sanction of him on the show, but you will see things that feel timely and relevant just because they’re always timely and relevant."
TooFab also asked her to weigh in on why she believes Trump ignored Eminem’s blistering freestyle takedown of the president at the BET Awards last October, but then felt compelled to publicly shame black entertainer Jay-Z for only briefly mentioning Trump while discussing race and racism in America on Van Jones’ CNN show last month.
"Oh, he just only responds to black people. That’s it," Rae said. "He’s showing in his actions that he doesn’t have a respect or he has a lack of consideration where black people are concerned, so it just doesn’t surprise me. But this is who was elected and it’s 2018 and midterm elections are here, so get out and vote and take his power away."
Trump Fires Back at Jay-Z Over Black Unemployment and Twitter Explodes
Jay-Z acknowledged that black unemployment is down (as unemployment is down overall) right now on the CNN interview, but still had issues with the president’s purported racism, exemplified by his alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe African nations and Haiti, which Jay-Z described as "disappointing."
Early the next morning, Trump tweeted, "Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!"
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