UPDATE: Dana Chanel says she “Said what she said.”
Recently, popular social media personality and “Sprinkle of Jesus” CEO Dana Chanel made a statement against Black male comedians who dress in women’s clothing for laughs. Long story short, Chanel felt that comedians embodying negative stereotypes of Black women, while also dressing like them, was a cheap shot to their careers and morals, and undermined their true talents as aspiring actors. Despite the backlash, Chanel has decided to stick by her original statement:
“I would like to formerly not apologize for finding talented African American Kings worthy and capable of doing more than dressing up and “mimicking” ghetto and intolerable Black women to make people laugh at them temporarily and not with them for a life time.”
Her post was accompanied by the following caption:
“Thank you God for proving me with a platform to inspire and speak up when my generation is straying off course. You’ve taught me with my past that it is possible to go no where fast. I’m a devoted Christ follower before an Instagram follower. #Blessed.”
Original Story 1/9/2018
Well, looks like 2018 is kicking off with people keeping it all types of real – no matter the age, sex or religion. Recently popular female Christian personality, Dana Chanel, had plenty to say about the large number of Black male comics who dress up as women in their skits. The motivational speaker and CEO of “Sprinkle of Jesus,” took to her Instagram to upload a meme that’s been floating around social media, but this time added her own caption:
“Well…. I’ll get crucified, but as an Afro Latina I truly believe it’s a poor and degrading representation of the power of a black mans talents, who I am, my family and my kids will become. You are actors capable of being the next Denzel, the next Michael b jordan. You guys are capable of taking your talents beyond social media. This is not cool. Propaganda at its best, destroying and feminizing the black mans image. This is the “sunken” place. Lol and its disheartening so many people support and encourage them to act like females when they are saying that’s how they see “us” as women and think it’s funny.”
Some of the comments under Dana Chanel’s page ranged from support to negative backlash:
“You can’t be mad at her for her opinion, and you can’t be mad at them for doing what they have to do to make their money. I do agree that it is a mockery of women in like a lot of women say it’s not how we Act but its almost like a slap in the face.”
“Coming from a Christian..you should never judge people, that’s Gods job not yours! Period! No point talking about Gods love and yet you’re judging others.”
“So does that mean you want to leave feminine men in 2017 all together? Your narrow view of how a black man must conduct himself in society just shows your lack compassion for those who do not live by the same ideals as you. We all have a purpose in this universe even those who lead different lives from ours. These men have brought the gift of laughter to those who follow them.”
“Y’all are so pressed by what she said leave that ish in 2017 .. y’all attacking her beliefs for what .. because Christians are to be quiet and not have an opinion… she said what she said”
“Gurllll u should focus on Jesus and mind ur own damn business cause this don’t concern if u don’t like don’t watch …they make people smile everyday….
The topic is most certainly not old. During the past few years, when an influx of male comedians dressed up as Black women and perpetuating Black female stereotypes first began to take social media by storm, the topic of “right and wrong,” came up. Many people used examples such as Tyler Perry, Robin Williams or Martin Lawrence’s success to defend the comedians, brushing it off as “just comedy.” Others, however, saw it as a bigger issue and hidden, Hollywood agenda to feminize the Black man (this, of course, being viewed as negative amongst protestors). Others did not have a problem with Black comedians dressing in women’s clothing but did express disdain over the “poor stereotyping” of Black women, who, ironically, tend to be their biggest supporters.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Does Dana Chanel have a point or is she taking it way out of hand?