Connect with us


Tarana Burke ‘Deeply Offended’ by Lee Daniels Creating #MeToo Comedy

The founder of #MeToo, Tarana Burke, is “deeply offended” by television and film executive Lee Daniels’ plan to create a comedy inspired by the movement.

Deadline reports Daniels and comedian Whitney Cummings have teamed up for a half-hour comedy series currently in development at Amazon. The show, starring Cummings, “revolves around the staff of the ombudsman’s office at a college that navigates PC culture and the #metoo climate,” according to the site. “The lead character…must reconcile the dissonance between different generations of feminism, and the struggle to reconcile our primal desires, and socially constructed identities with current ethical obligations regarding race, class and gender.”

Burke, who founded the movement 12 years ago, shared her reaction to the upcoming series with The New York Times.

“I just read something the other day that said Lee Daniels is making a Me Too comedy. The hair stood up on my arm. To put Me Too and comedy in the same sentence is so deeply offensive and not because I’m uptight and I don’t see comedy in things. We’re not ready for a comedy and it’s just so offensive that you think in this moment when we’re still unpacking the issue that you can write a comedy about it. And that’s the type of thing I’m talking about. We have to get out in front of that.”

The activist also stressed the need for diverse writers’ rooms within television, which would help prevent the movement from being misrepresented.

“That’s exactly why it’s important to get in the writers’ rooms now and to connect with Hollywood now, before it gets to be such a catchall phrase that they dilute its meaning, that we help people understand the gravity behind the words and that it’s not just used as, ‘Oh, look who got Me Too’d, ha-ha,’ like a punch line.”


THAT’S HOW HE DOOZ IT! One-on-One with Comedian JB Smoove


Dave Chappelle to Receive 2019 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor


Chris Redd Doesn’t Think Political Correctness Is Killing Comedy Chris Redd Doesn’t Think Political Correctness Is Killing Comedy

Chris Redd Doesn’t Think Political Correctness Is Killing Comedy

EBONY Exclusive

Tiffany Haddish’s New Netflix Show to Highlight Women in Comedy