In my Yahoo feed, I read that Tiffany Haddish hosted SNL last night (no I didn’t watch it first hand). In her monologue, Haddish talks about how the movie she starred in–Girls Trip–made over $100 million at the box office.
That’s a big deal.
Girls Trip made 6x it’s production budget.Which of course, isn’t a first. Hollywood movies do that on occasion.
But Girl’s Trip was produced by black folks (though unless you read the credits, Variety, Hollywood Reporter or any other of the trade rags couldn’t be faulted for thinking “who the h*ll are Will Packer and Malcolm D. Lee?”) aren’t Will Smith or Spike Lee.
And it starred black women: Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish.
And THAT’S a very big deal.
Because black women aren’t supposed to “open movies.”
But they did.
Which is how Tiffany Haddish (not Queen Latifah or Jada Pickett Smith which is also notable) came host SNL. Haddish, was Girls Trip’s break-out star. And she’s a black female comedian.
Becoming the first black female comedian SNL host.
A very big deal. Though I think you have to add the caveat” first black female comedian who isn’t/wasn’t also a SNL writer. Because Maya Rudolph hosted SNL. Back in 2012. I looked it up.
Besides being an active female comedian, the choice of Haddish is also notable for another reason: Tiffany Haddish talked like a sista.
Real talk 100.
She riffed on what men should think about before pulling out their “thing-thing.”
Good advice that Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and all those other wienies caught up in the wake of “the Harvey Weinstein effect” would have benefited from [not that they would have paid attention before Weinstein caused it all to come tumbling down because, well…powerful men who belong to dominant culture get confused into believing they are “gods” to which nothing bad will ever happen…of course, because for eons that’s what society told them].
She also did a bit on the $4000 Alexander McQueen dress she was wearing. The kind of thing that regular people don’t typically say “out loud.” Whether most folks inside Hollywood or dominant culture “got it” I don’t know.
But funny as h*ll.
Especially the end of the bit about wearing the McQueen dress to “praise dancing.”