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Filmmakers Duke It Out Online Over Black Masculinity Plot on ‘Insecure’ Upcoming Season

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Season 3 of HBO’s “Insecure” recently wrapped filming and creator and star Issa Rae disclosed that it will focus on Black masculinity — a fact that irritated one male Twitter user. As such, actress/writer Reagan Gomez swooped in to check him.

“I love Black masculinity as it relates to Black women,” Rae told The Hollywood Reporter June 7 of what to expect from the show without giving too much away. “I think that’s something interesting that we haven’t gotten a chance to explore yet — and specifically toxic male Black masculinity as it relates to Black women. I’m trying to find a way to explore that and get a rounded storyline that isn’t preachy.”

But while Rae is excited about the plot, producer Curtis Scoon wasn’t feeling it.

“Disparaging, excluding, belittling, ridiculing Black men seems to be the favorite past time of Black women who seem to be faring well in filmmaking,” he said. “I’m not sure if that’s a REQUIREMENT or coincidence.”

Scoon’s thread dissed powerful Black producers in Hollywood, including Oprah — whom he slammed for her representation of Harpo in “The Color Purple” — “Queen Sugar” executive producer Ava DuVernay and “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes. He dissed the latter for, like Oprah, swearing off marriage, and her hit ABC show which recently went off the air.

“I don’t know why these women hate us so,” he added. “Perhaps they were abused or molested by a Black man. Maybe they see us as romantic competitors getting in the way? I don’t know. A female relative of mine is a ‘stud.’ she complained to me that 3 guys jumped her in the club.”

When Gomez came across the thread, she hit back.

“Her showrunner is a Black man & the writing staff has Black men writers,” she said Monday, June 11. “If y’all put HALF the effort into googling as you do into being loud & wrong the world would be a better place.”

“I thought y’all were team Lawrence?” she continued of the show which saw Issa’s ex-boyfriend rebound with a bank teller. “Loved that he had options. Y’all loved that season 1 finale but now that they might discuss toxic masculinity, y’all think it’s about the Black woman agenda?? Which is it?”

“Nothing about the show suggests that the men are horrible. They really aren’t. From Lawrence to Daniel to the banger (always with his daughter, teaching her her ABB’s),” she continued. “Well, Lawrence’s light-skinned [homie] is kinda horrible but…they’re all tryna figure it out. So why would toxic masculinity be off limits?

“Take Lawrence, he immediately went from Issa, to Tasha, to Aparna. Takes all of his baggage with him in each relationship. When he has that threesome with those random white women who I SWORE were gonna rob him & was OPENLY …fetishized, he felt like s— but had to lie to his homie (the light skinned one😂) about how dope it was…while sitting outside of Issa’s house. We can see him f—–‘ & cussin’ Issa out but can’t go into toxic masculinity? Please.”

Twitter users were split over their support for either Gomez or Scoon.

“That Curtis guy’s entire thread is a toxic trash fire.”

“All these paragraphs & the season didn’t even air yet.”

“CS this might be your best thread of all time.”

“It has alwaysssssss been about that the Black woman agenda…..Who couldn’t see that? When it was Lawrence exploring….he was being a hoe about it…but when ol girl was exploring….she was trying to find herself….”

Meanwhile, the conversation continued on Scoon’s thread, with him clapping back at those who vehemently disagreed with his opinion.

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