There is a class of black male comedians on Instagram who derive laughs from portraying black women. There is the popular Suzan, a crazy and extremely jealous Jamaican girlfriend played by PrinceMarni (627,000 followers). There is also the famous Titi, a sometimes insecure and argumentative black woman played by BlameItOnKway (2.3 million followers). While these and other Instagram comedians (e.g., QuitePerry, BillionaireMH) have some pretty funny skits, one has to wonder what it means that so many black male comedians have to mock and imitate black women to go viral.

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PrinceMarni as Suzan. Source: https://www.instagram.com/princemarni/

Source: https://www.instagram.com/princemarni/
PrinceMarni as Suzan. Source: https://www.instagram.com/princemarni/

The stereotypes these comedians play on vary; the widely accepted image of “the angry black woman”… Our attitudes … Our jealous rants … Our hunger for drama. Laughs and social media fame often follow.

Blameitonkway at Titi.
Blameitonkway at Titi. Source: https://www.instagram.com/blameitonkway/

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But why? It seems that both in mainstream and black culture, lampooning black women is a fast way to get laughs. While some of these skits are admittedly kind of funny, the overarching trend doesn’t have us laughing.  

What say you?

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Sophia

You know I was just speaking in this topic to a friend of mine. I was primarily put off by the need for black comedians to play homosexual roles to be funny. I dont find it amusing as much as I find it concerning. Yes! I agree that the jokes and skits are funny and at times relatable But, the constant ridicule of black women has to stop. I dont believe that we are depicted as the beautiful talented nurturing women that we are and allude. It’s time for a change in the trending comedian skits.

Kim

Because black women are the most put upon, disrespected, neglected and dismissed group of women collectively and it starts here with our very own men, for the rest of the world to see and emulate.

Patrice
It’s a little bit of a lot of things some good some bad: a little bit of innocent humor, stereotypes, misogyny, income and fame producing, self hate, making fun of your own experiences, hidden desires, self love, exaggeration. It depends on who’s doing it and in what way. There is some accuracy and some fallacy. Some humor and some hurt and hurtfulness. We should be careful though in what we as a people present to the world. Is it more important to be seen and laughed at than to be respected? Only the comedians can answer that.
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Jaynick

Everyone makes money or work from us. Madea movies. You tube bashing videos. Etc. I think we contribute by giving it attention. We need to ignore it all. Next time a trick daddy comment comes on, just keep it moving.

Shecodes

Black men do it because there is no price to paid for doing it. It’s just that simple.

lis

Well Black men got away with rap music calling Black women bitches and hoes and worse for decades now….with the silence and enabling, and support of Black women and men….and then there are legions of Black males on youtube doing the same and even worse than rap music to degrade Black women and again, everyone is silent…..sooooo….I just wonder what’s next?

Itumeleng
Black men need to start doing skits about their down low homosexual behavior, then let’s see them get unhinged in rage. Let sensitive things about them become a laughing stock and see how they like it. Lets see them polishing their guns ready to shoot another negro over Jordans and lets see if they tell black women its just comedy. Its all fun and games when they make fun of someone else. Better yet, let a white person start imitate negro males and see how they harping on and screaming about racism. Its stupid that black male misogyny still goes… Read more »
ColbyK

Black women are an easy target, hurt people hurt people. The men who dress up as black women, and make fun of us, they are only following a formula that they know will work. They see the greats doing it, Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Tyler Perry etc., They see the success they received, so they try to follow in their footsteps. I’m tired of it, because it’s so stereotypical, and it contributes to the disrespect of Black women by other races.

Jessica Phillip

YYEESSS!!!!!

Oratilwe

But tbh, I hate how the other side of this kind of humour is based in mocking the black lgbt+ community

Oratilwe

Joanne the scammer mocks white women, specifically those who have just recently entered the world of suburbia… I guess to an extent she mocks black womend who’ve also just entered the “Caucasian life style” and try act likehow they see other suburban women.

Tracey

if they are not calling us names used for garden tolls then they are mocking how we look and the things we do to make ourselves feel beautiful. Yet when we protest about the abuse we recive we are told to be quiet. These are the same males that will become the fathers of our children but yet have so little respect for us.

lis

So why make them the father’s of your children?…..Black males are not the only men in this world and by Black women accepting this treatment it will not get better for the Black girls coming up…Black w o men CAN cut Black men off at the knees.

La Bandita

We don’t want to cut ALL black men at the knees some are excellent (mi marido). We want them ALL to act maturely and be respectful.

Goddess5000

No everyone like to mix up and blend. I love black men and going to another race sometimes doesn’t make a difference.

justtwo post
The skits are hilarious. There’s nothing wrong with it in and of itself – it’s nothing new and other races DO do this – both men and women dressing up as the opposite gender. I’ve seen skits with black women playing as stereotypical black men that are hilarious as well. HOWEVER, black men portraying black women gets way more attention than all the others. That could be because black people are just funnier and in my opinion tend to be the best entertainers and performers… but it could also be because people like seeing black men emasculating themselves and also… Read more »
Princerella Boutdatcheque
Princerella Boutdatcheque

joanne the scammer is supposed to be a white woman cracked out. she says it all the time.

Camille

I think this goes beyond just black men. Putting them in dresses is a big part of mainstream entertainment. Try making a list of black male entertainers who HAVEN’T been in dresses and you will see how widespread it is.

CAliQueen
Wow what a coincident that I would come across this article when a little over a week ago I was cursed out by PatD Lucky after calling him out on his minstrel show. A couple of other people questioned his characters origin, however it was my bluntness that struck a nerve in him so much so that he blew up my inbox with screen shots of angry black women that were offended by me asking this white man/mixed___ why he mocks black women. His inbox fury didn’t end there. He began to gloat about the income he brings in by… Read more »
Gabrielle Linton

Why does every darn thing have to be gay related..really!!! Sure some of the skits are funny,I have known many a black female that would act they way they are portrayed…so let’s get some female comedians to make fun of the fellers.we all need to lighten up a bit..world is harsh enough..and really it’s just like playing the dozens…as long as the black men respect women in real life…who cares!!!

La Bandita

Umm… you’re delusional. They don’t respect Black women in real life. And when they find you attractive they sexually harass so much.

Gabrielle Linton

Why thanks..such an intelligent answer..I guess your circles are very limited,as of your view of black men…or different types of black women also…get out more.

La Bandita

OR you can learn to respect Black women and girls yourself and not become immune to the humiliation that has been going on for centuries. Self preservation is a thing.

Saucylita

No, a joke isn’t a joke. Constantly making mockery of black women using racist and sexist stereotypes isn’t funny. These are the same men who would be offended if a white man was imitating black men and mocking them by pretending to be gangsters, stupid (low IQ), illiterate etc. They would protest. But it’s ok to do so to women. Black women have to stop tolerating misogynoir just because it comes from black men (in the form of stereotyping and mocking black women in comedy, degrading them in music videos, propagating stereotypes about them etc)

Genie345

I think it’s like an inside joke. I never felt offense by it and I never thought they were imitating real women, but just making bigger characterizations of the women in their lives. I think it’s a thing that is for us and by us and I’m more concerned when men and women of other races are doing this or making fun of us in other ways.

Girliusmaximus

Thank you. So this article is basically saying that only certain comedy is acceptable and any creativity that falls outside of that is automatically “cooning and buffooning”. I’m sick of generalizations being placed over what a handful of people are doing, they need to worry about something more substantial.

La Bandita

Making fun of Black women is orginal?

Girliusmaximus

What are you talking about?

La Bandita

None of the handful of people you speak of are doing anything original. Making fun of Black women have been going on for centuries and if you do your research you’d know that yes it’s cooning and buffooning – it’s NOT ORIGINAL. Stop using Black women as punching bags, that’s why there so much bullying going on at schools towards Black girls. You’ve normalized humiliation.

Girliusmaximus
Simmer down. You sound as though you’ve been practicing to say that to someone for a while so I’m glad you finally got a chance to use your little paragraph. 1st of all, I don’t use myself as a punching bag. 2nd, it’s funny. 3rd, what research? I don’t need to do research to know that people are overreacting about these FB comedians. It’s not that serious, and I’m not going to be offended because someone else thinks I should. There are greater problems going on than being made fun of regardless of how long “black women have been punching… Read more »
La Bandita

The fact that this had been going on for centuries is why individually you can’t see a pattern. If you would pick up a book you’re understand the degradation of the Black women is not a new thing, just a new generation doing the same old same old.

Tess
Well, This is true. While it can be funny, I have to admit, it gets repetitive, boring and bordering on scratching my nerves and I’m not even american. you’ve done well by calling the public’s attention. But we should show, in person, if we are hurt by this. It’s a stereotype. There are a lot of stereotypes out there. It can be simply solved by calling whoever out on it in person and destroying such expectations from your circle of people. There are different kinds of comedy out there. Let’s not nitpick this, but be strong about it and praise… Read more »
cerulean blue 86
I’ve been wondering the same thing myself. Honestly, though men kind of have a track record of imitating women for laughs/profit. Some of it is talent and funny, other times I think it’s just laziness, probably a mix of arrogance, too (i.e. I can be you but better). It’s crazy cause all the stereotypes they embody in the skit that garners them praise are the very same stereotypes women are rejected for doing. Black men, I would say, do it the most, but it’s not limited to them, think Mrs. Doubtfire; men playing women during Shakespearean times when women were… Read more »
lis

Where are other races of men doing this to the women in their race that is equivalent to what black males do?…enlighten us.

La Bandita

Doesn’t exist. Also other groups also put their women on pedistals. So you have Black men with no pedistal for Black women and girls, but constant tear down and attacks.

AnonymousThouART

A black man can only parody a black woman, as can a white man parody a white woman. They observe us the most. It’s not that deep. I am honoured that they parody us not other races

La Bandita

You honor being stereotyped? That’s estupido…

devans00

This is why I can’t stand DL Hughley. He got famous tearing down and mocking black women. He must not care that comedy should “punch up” otherwise it’s just cruel.

Unfortunately, “Black Male Comedians Go Viral by Mocking and Imitating Black Women” isn’t a fad. It goes way back.

PurpNGold1

You can’t see it on an individual level, but when you look at this trend over time, it’s really disturbing. Then there’s the fact that for most of these guys, the people supporting them the most are black women.

Men of other races aren’t doing this.

maralondon

Men of other races do it. May be you haven’t been exposed to it but I’ve seen it. On the other hand though it tends to be more animated in my opinion when we are being imitated.

La Bandita

They also put their women on pedistals so it evens out. With Black men there is no pedistal and constant attacks.

SFC G Clark

Short answer is because it’s funny… it’s a fad right now. Move on.

La Bandita

No it’s not – do some research. That’s why history keeps repeating itself.

SFC G Clark
LA Bandits, I do appreciate your enthusiasm, and my research has been on par for a couple of decades now. Trust and believe that. I AM American and I like to be entertained. Do your research on some of the funniest people in the world and the cultures in which they belong. Do your research. You will find that they are black people. Every other ethnicity that has a showing in comedy picks on their culture (George lopez and Jerry Seinfeld come to mind). Do your research. It may seem overwhelming to you, but adjust the numbers for how many… Read more »
La Bandita
Do some more research, because you’re saying nothing. I am not American and we’re watching you humiliate yourselves on the other side. Richard Pryor made the N – word popular in pop culture. He went to Africa to perform and rich and middle class Africans were laughing and calling each other the N – word and he said he realized he made a mistake spreading that word. Then rappers took it and used it against each other and add the B & H word for the girls. Do even more research, other cultures doing it doesn’t make it right. That’s… Read more »
maralondon

I recall posting a video of white Colombians blacking up and doing bad imitations of BW for laughs. As a result Young African Colombians took to the streets to protest. But as usual the whites don’t understand the backlash because they are too busy belly laughing. I tend not to like seeing grown men dressed up as women with wigs and make up so I avoid that type of entertainment.

La Bandita

My ex was White Columbian. In the country they make fun of the Afro Columbians that go to the market with their baskets to shop. The women are brown and beautiful and sometimes catches the eyes of rich men. So they make fun of them and ridiculing them, so the men wont fall for their beauty. AND that is want normalizing the humiliation of black women does.

kkass

They always do this to black men. This is not new or funny.

Princerella Boutdatcheque
Princerella Boutdatcheque

yes its hilarious

Lisa Marbly-Warir
I’ve seen a few of them. Honestly I’ve never taken offense (some of the skits, I’ve even had a good laugh about) When certain stereotypes about us come up and some Black women get up In arms over it I wonder. If it’s not portraying a caricature of you why get upset? I shrug my shoulders because I often don’t relate to the skits that are acted out. I think some of the skits must hit too close to home for some. BUT With that said, we tend to be easy targets. Our community for the most part is not… Read more »
La Bandita

LIES!!! Blacks people or women do no have to be monolith sheeple for this to be offensive OR be the stereotype. Two words: love and loyalty – many Black men don’t have it.

Lisa Marbly-Warir

I said SOME Black women, clearly not all. And the ones who DO get upset perhaps need to look within themselves as to why it’s so upsetting to them.

La Bandita

That argument is so stupid. How about Black men stop trying to normalized the humiliation of Black women, which has been going on for centuries and you find so amusing. Be for women, children and puppies. Two words for you love and loyalty – learn it and be it.

Leo

Martin Lawrence (Sheneneh), Jamie Fox (Wanda), Flip Wilson (Verdine) and so many other well known black male comedians have laid down this “blue print” for success.. Interesting topic to explore further. And for the record, I cannot think of many other groups that continually make their women the butt of their jokes.

La Bandita

You are correct. Part of White Supremacy make White women above reproach and Black women a reproach

Lauren
But that’s the problem, all these black men got fame and recognition mainly outside of the black community after selling out to put on a dress and a wig. We have never seen Denzel in a dress and Dave Chappelle ( don’t know if I spelled his last name right) basically cussed those people out he said he wasn’t bout to sell out and put on a dress. I don’t take any offense to it but it does it makes us look bad as black women getting made fun of and it makes are black men look like fools to… Read more »
maralondon

Didn’t Oprah interview Kevin Hart about this Hollywood ritual. First time I’d seen Kevin Hart looking serious was during this interview. He basically denounced Chapelle’s claims. Not long after Kevin did this skit where he was dressed as a little black girl with a typical AA name. That was a bit suspect.

FeeFee

You forgot Tyler Perry–Madea.

T.J PHULL

Because there is no respect for black women even from their counter parts

swissmeans

i say its not about mocking black women. it’s called “in the closet homosexuals”. all these so called men are gay on the low and their just playing out their true desires in these skits.

TWA4now

Sure, some of it is funny but does always have to be at the black woman’s expenses?

Lyla

Finally! Someone said it! Personally I think they like to dress as women as use comedy as their cover. It’s another way of emasculating the power of a black man.

Princerella Boutdatcheque
Princerella Boutdatcheque

ye because the black man is not seen as masculine at all in society right? wrong! why else do cops fear black men.

Pontificator

This wasn’t an article…this was just a long ass question. Do better.

Michael Gros

Tina, I’m Glad you pointed out what made this article feel so disingenuous. Chappell quit at the height of his record breaking fame making The Chappell Show because he said eventually “they” ask u to wear a dress n put on lipstick (equivalent to what sum folks refer to as cooning)

Duck Dynasty

Black men have been talking about ‘black men in a dress’ BS for years and were met with accusations of toxic masculinity, hyper masculinity, and homophobia. Now black women are seeing it as a stereo-type of them and the behavior deserves a serious look?

Jerri

And we agreed with you then………. at least some of us did.

cerulean blue 86

irk…how quickly they forget

cerulean blue 86

oh boohoo, you’re so mistreated and oppressed.

IamUSisME
This isnt something that I can answer in short form, so if you’re unwilling to spend a few minutes reading, then pass my comment by… Well, the truth is (and before I say it, no one should get mad at me for telling the truth as I see it because I can back it up with proof…easily) The truth is clear, the types of black women stereotypes that these men portray are representative of many of the black women who post their personal business, videos and pics on social media. We cannot deny that there are ghetto, ignorant, ratchet, quick… Read more »
Jerri

Am to go down with the lot of them just because I am a black woman? Read what you are saying! Because of the action of a few, comedians (black men who know all types of black women) are allowed to portray negative stereotypes of black women without fault or blame because it our fault we let the hood rats on post us on FB……………..

Isys

funny, i have never seen a “hoodrat” on instagram. i keep my circle of influence tight… funny how these black men are witness to so much tomfoolery. the company they like to keep is telling about the kind of people they are themselves.

also, you can lampoon someone without making fun in meanspirit. i’m nigerian ans the amount of nigerians making fun of ourselves and our parents is in a totally different tone than black american men making fun of black women.

La Bandita

You are delusional. This has been going on for generations. It’s part of a global disrespect for Black women. Im not American.

Tina

“While these and other Instagram comedians…have some pretty funny skits,”

“some of these skits are admittedly kind of funny,”

I think you answered your own question.

Meik

Stop liking, sharing, and yassssssss-ing their videos and maybe they will stop imitating the hoodrats that raised them and the ones they choose to let surround them.

Angry Zimbabwean

The fact that you identified that there is a specific “hoodrat” variety of black women means that you have understanding of what they are talking about in these vines. And them making fun of it doesn’t mean that those are the kinds of women that raised them…Yal need to stop being so sensitive, you have met the kinds of women they imitate in these vines and you laughing doesn’t mean that you are one of them or that you support that kind of behavior. It shouldn’t make you offended or insecure about yourself, just laugh.

Saucylita

I guess when white people make videos mocking Africans as barbarians, monkeys etc. Africans shouldn’t be offended cos afterall, they’re not talking about them as they’re not those ‘kinds of people’

La Bandita

You need to learn love and loyalty. Every other group has it. Become it and use it.

Angry Zimbabwean

You also need to earn love and loyalty

La Bandita

I have it for my sisters, that’s why I am not an Angry Zimbabwean lecturing her that her feels don’t count and she should get use to be laughed at and humiliated -that’s love. And I stand with her – that’s loyalty. You were unable to recognize them because it is foreign to you.

Angry Zimbabwean

I have it for my sisters too. And not every black woman I meet is my sister. It takes a lot more than us sharing the same skin colour for me to be loyal too. I have family of all races and my degree of loyalty is not determined by how dark their skin is

La Bandita

White Supermacy is built on the hatred of Black girls and women. Racism has to be taught. Black men are teaching every one how to humiliate us. My daughter is full Black. Anyone who makes fun of her is dead to me. Colorism, anti Black thinging (which is White Supermacy) dies with me. I am freeing her. The world will respect her.

Angry Zimbabwean

Is there any demographic that black women do not have issues with in the world?

La Bandita

Racial gas lighter. But follow your own advise and laugh at the humiliation of Black women. It’s nothing new – if you know history it’s been going on for centuries. Obviously you want it to continue. Have fun.

Rob Jay

Good headline and concept that I do agree with but all of the ads and failure to explore the thesis kind of sold this article short

La Bandita

Black male comedian equals White wife hatred of Black women.

Zane

Black women make them hot. Go through their IG followers etc list and I can guarantee you that the majority of them are black women.

khepra Bey

That’s a lie

Justice S

No it’s the truth men don’t respect women the black male needs to learn to empower and respect us or white people will always keep us divided.The black males are doing a good enough job of dividing us themselves.

Itumeleng
And that’s the mistake black women make. I don’t listen to black males for entertainment at all. I stopped watching the Eddie Murphys and Martin Lawrences a looong time ago when I peeped their game. I don’t listen to any rap or any music by black males in general. It degrades us as black women and I won’t pay a dime to watch or listen to black male bollocks. They have effectively make it ok for black women to be a laughing stock. Black women should starve them of attention, period and see their so called popularity plummet a hundred… Read more »
Bella
You have to decide if your issue is the content/material or the delivery. I pretty sure that ignoring or wishing the problem away isn’t going to change anything. The reason these skits are so popular is because it’s easy to identify with them. Remember, these character skits are imitation, not total fabrication. Either you know a friend or someone who at some point acted this way, or you have or would act that way under certain circumstances. The change you’re talking about calls for social change. When acting this way stops being a norm then this comedians won’t have anyone… Read more »
Itumeleng

I no not know any women that behave this way. Why don’t they make fun of black men? There is plenty to laugh at where black men are concerned yet black women are a convenient scapegoat and the butt of joke for profit.
Not surprised at black male behavior. They will sell their own mothers and daughters for a few cents.

This is modern day minstrel shows and you seem to think its ok.

La Bandita

I agree.

maralondon

In terms of the negative rap that’s out there and the videos to go with them it’s usually the WM who are responsible for heavily endorsing this crap. It’s evident that much of the positive stuff is rejected by those who control the Industry. They could careless about the damage they are doing to BW and BM’s image, reputation and credibility.

lis

Thank you…..they get rich and popular off of Black women…why do Black women need to be told not to support their own degradation?

CAliQueen

This is true!

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