Comedian D.L. Hughley‘s offensive remarks towards Columbus Short’s wife has left everyone outraged. According to Madame Noire, the comedian voiced his opinions on actor Columbus Short’s departure from Scandal on his radio show. Without much consideration for Tanee McCall, his wife and alleged victim of domestic abuse, the comedian proceeded to call her a “thirsty b***h” and accused her of leaking the story to tabloids to destroy her husband.
“The star of one of the hottest dramas in the country, chokes the f*ck out of his wife? That doesn’t ever happen,” he says. “I don’t think it happened first off. Like the time Warren Sapp was getting ready to do the Super Bowl and some broad said that he raped her. There are just as many examples of women lying on men in the middle of divorce proceedings to get what they want, as there are men who actually do anything. My point is if he did what she’s alleging he did, she could still get all that she’s going to have and not bring it up now, when it damages his market value that she’s going to be impacted by. If he loses that job nobody’s living in Calabasas anymore.”
The show’s female co-host Jasmine Sanders tried to explain that TMZ got wind of the police report of the alleged incident on their own, but Hughley cuts her off to defend his statements. When asked if he hates women, the comedian says:
“I don’t hate women. I hate dumb b****es. I hate women who act against their interests.”
But it gets worse. As Sanders continues to defend McCall, Hughley continues his rant and alludes to the fact that she knew what she was getting into when she married Short.
“When you’re very young, you’re very volatile. I’ve been in situations where the police were called. I don’t believe that every time someone says something in the heat of anger, they actually mean it. Everybody want a thug dude, a passionate dude, until you gotta live with your mother in an undisclosed location. You know what kind of dude you picked. Stop it.”
With the audio swept clean off the web in a matter of 24 hours, the comedian has come under fire for his comments by women of color who have been in abusive relationships. Writer Kirsten West Savali has launched a petition on Change.org for the comedian to apologize for his ignorant and insensitive statements. Savali is also urging producers to suspend his radio show, “The D.L Hughley Show,” until he apologizes.
“We must hold D.L. Hughley and Reach Media’s Black America Web — which through the headline, “Why Columbus Short’s Wife Should Keep Her Mouth Shut,” lends credence to Hughley’s malicious and dangerous remarks — to a much higher standard. One that doesn’t mock the pain of Black women, assumes that we are liars or further endangers us by creating an environment in which our lived experiences with domestic violence are ignored and ridiculed while our dead bodies pile up in cemeteries across the nation. We are demanding that D.L. Hughley publicly apologize for endangering the lives of Black women who may be victims of domestic violence by encouraging victims to remain silent for monetary gain. We are demanding that he apologize for victim-blaming and perpetuating a culture of violence against Black women.
With the petition growing towards its goal of 2,500 signatures, let’s see if Hughley will be man enough to apologize. SOURCE: Madame Noire | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty