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D.L. Hughley Under Fire For Joke About Debbie Reynolds

| by Sheena Vasani

Actor and comedian D.L. Hughley is facing backlash for a racially-tinged joke he made after Carrie Fisher's mother, Debbie Reynolds, passed away Dec. 28, only a day after her daughter died.

“Debbie Reynolds died a day after her daughter did,” Hughley wrote on Twitter. “Black Mama’s don’t die cuz they kids do! They cry and say God don’t make no mistakes!”

Many social media users quickly jumped to the defense, calling the tweet insensitive, with one woman calling it "completely gross, stupid, and inappropriate!"

“As a human being you could have more compassion," another user wrote. "As a father you could have more heart. As a comedian, you should have a seat."

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In addition to finding the remarks tasteless, many debated what exactly Hughley was implying. 

Some thought he was claiming black mothers are stronger than white ones, while others accused him of implying black mothers were "heartless." Either way, the consensus was that it was an inappropriate joke regardless of what he meant to say.

Some added that even if it was meant as a compliment towards black mothers, it was still perpetuating harmful racial stereotypes.

"I'm sick of this strong black woman trope," one woman wrote. "We suffer great pain over a loss, too."

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"Not only did you dehumanize Debbie Reynolds, but u dehumanized black moms by the superwoman myth under the guise of virtue," another woman chimed in.

However, despite the intense backlash, Hughley has not expressed any remorse.

“Nah!!” he responded. “As a comedian I should say what I see.”

“Do u I actually I care what u think of what I said?" he later added.

Hughley is not the only celebrity under fire for making what many deem inappropriate remarks after Fisher's death, The Washington Times reports.

“When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen," wrote Steve Martin on Twitter. "She turned out to be witty and bright as well."

Many accused Martin of objectifying Fisher, including some media outlets. Martin later deleted the tweet.

"Remember Fisher for her immense talent, her outspoken feminism, and her moving commentary on mental health -- not for the way she looked onscreen,” Claire Landsbaum opined in New York Magazine.

Sources: D.L.Hughley/Twitter, The Washington Times and New York Magazine / Photo Credit: Peabody Awards via Wikimedia Commons 
 

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