Today Marlon Wayans’ latest parody movie 50 Shades of Black hits theaters, and while the previews for the flick look hilarious, black women aren’t finding some of the jokes the comedian has cracked off screen nearly as funny.

Yesterday this clip from NBC reporter Ben Aaron began circulating online. And though the 15-second video doesn’t provide much context for the various topics of discussion, what can be heard loud and clear is Marlon say:

“The hardest woman to make submissive is a black woman”

And the resounding response was “here we go again.”

At this point, jokes like these aren’t even offensive, they’re just tired — especially when they keep coming out of the mouths of the usual suspects. The last time Marlon released a movie anyone half cared about — 2013’s Haunted House — he made a joke in a similar vein about black women not liking to clean. All black women know they don’t like cleaning. They know that. No, I’m joking. All the years of slavery, they did their cleaning. They don’t have to clean no more. Let somebody else clean.”


That remark went over about as well as the one Marlon made yesterday, but at the time, seemingly mistakenly, he told Global Grind, “I don’t get any backlash from the black community because I’m an equal opportunity offender. The things that I do aren’t meant to be offensive. At the end of the day, Malcolm (Marlon’s Haunted House character) loves his black woman, and he’s willing to fight through demons and all kinds of junk to just be with her. It hit the truth of the matter and it’s not true about everybody. When you do a joke, it’s not about everybody; that particular black woman did not like to clean. It may be true about several black women … or not.”

Yes, Malcom loves his black women, but does Marlon? In his personal life we’ve seen him with just about every shade under the rainbow, but that whole self-hating, interracial discussion is about as tired as his jokes so we’ll just skip right over that. The thing is we’re tired of being the repetitive butt of jokes for black men who don’t have our backs in any other way. It’s kind of like how you are the only one who can joke about your mama — she’s family. When a man doesn’t make you feel like family, his tendency for poking fun at you starts to feel personal and nasty, and you begin to question, what is that about? Some black women have taken it a step further and already decided they’ll save their coins for an entertainer whose material doesn’t uphold unfounded stereotypes about them while some just don’t care anymore. Perhaps the latter truly believe what Marlon said in his latest interview with The Hollywood Reporter:

“For us, mockery is the best form of flattery, and you want the people that you’re sending up to probably laugh the hardest.”

Unfortunately, black women really aren’t laughing anymore.

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  • paintgurl40

    I saw the trailer, thought it was stupid, and decided to pass on it. Period.

  • binks

    Is anybody honestly checking for the Wayans’ family? The trailer looked stupid and was chalked for of jokes and stereotypes at black women’s expense so yeah…I keep my coins. And why does a lot men like him demand submission… side eye that says a lot about them and their character/personality

    • Ms.

      “And why does a lot men like him demand submission… side eye that says a lot about them and their character/personality”

      I mean, am the only one who finds all this talk of “submission” coming from blk men really scary? I mean, they KILL blk women daily, and they kill each other in the street. Someone will get on here and say “Not all blk men”, but why aren;t the ones who don’t speaking out against it? Hmm? Where are they? Silent. I want to get out of this community. I want to get away from these men.

    • lis

      Boom…..that is how you answer the black male bs./craziness. ….don’t argue…..get the he’ll away from them…..In fact if Black women did that when they started their bitches and hoes socalled music, EVERYBODY, including them would be kissing Black women’s a****…..Black women blew it…that was their que to get to stepping and dont look back.……oh well………..

      But if your serious and cant do it on your own pool your money with another Black women you trust, sister cousin, or friend, research, then get to stepping and no looking back…

  • Mr logical guy

    I think it’s true. It’s hard to made a black woman submit mostly because African descent women will power and pride is the strongest out of any other ethnicity. Black women are the hardest to control because they’re free spirits. We’re taught in western culture that femininity equals submissiveness but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Submission is for dogs, horses and farm animals not humans.

    India Ame’ye –
    “Many women have been tricked out their softness, inaccurately led to
    believe that it equates to weakness and docility. But a soft woman
    doesn’t necessarily mean a fragmented woman. There’s actually great
    strength in the irresistible softness of femininity. While she knows how
    to yield and surrender when necessary, a soft woman could be leading a
    pack a wolves and not be noticed. Plus she’s got the charm to make
    others think they are actually leading, but gently and most lovingly,
    they are indeed being led.”


    Nobody should because it’s corny. His immature teenager sense of humor is not funny to adults and the adult content is not appropriate for teens. A waste of money invested in making this film. They could of got better respect buying bottle water for the children in flint Michigan.

  • Phoenix Ares

    And they wonder why no blacks are honored at the Oscars. I don’t care for the Oscars at all, haven’t watched in nearly ten years (Transformers ’07 losing FX to Bourne Identity killed it for me). But it’s no surprise blacks aren’t awarded or even nominated for behind-the-scenes categories. Include screenwriter and director categories. Look at the bullsh!t black producers/actors/actresses and directors keep puking out. Chocked-full-of-stereotype nonsense. And, I’m sorry, but you can’t holler “stereotype” when a majority of a group really act like this for real. I see it everyday. It becomes a fact. Even I have an ounce of ratchet in me. I try REALLY hard to suppress it, and usually do a good job but there are times when it comes out and I hate it. I’m saying almost anything blacks get their hands on in the entertainment industry they manage to royally chimp the f**k out. Everything from music to movies. It’s as if there’s a competition to see who’ll can out-coon who. Crap like this is precisely why I don’t pay to see black movies. Black people don’t know how to create decent plot lines. Decent anything. The Oscars is a giant scam anyway, but this is why black people don’t get nominated. We’re constantly putting out garbage. Doesn’t matter if the creator’s male or female.

    • Phoenix Ares

      Well…Baby Boy I loved. I saw it. Okay, John Singleton is alright. Pretty much the only real black director I know of that does anything decent. Yes I think THAT film should have gotten an Oscar but again the Oscars are a fraud anyway. Any seriously decent black film won’t get nominated because blacks are expected to put out ratchet s**t. We’re not supposed to make decent s**t. Whites and Blacks alike don’t honor the few good black films out there. Fact.