Issa Rae’s book The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl has earned it spot on the best-seller lists. However Issa finds herself in hot waters, when readers discovered a passage that didn’t sit right with them.
A fan tweeted an excerpt from the book and zoomed in on a part where Issa discussed how Asian men are “overburdened” with racial stereotypes which seemingly causes Asian women to date outside of their race more often.
The actress suggested that since black men seem to date outside of their race more often, due to the many stereotypes being projected onto black women, that black women and Asian men should join forces. She states in the book,
“This is why I propose that Black women and Asian men join forces in love, mariage, and procreation. Educated Black women what better intellectual match for you than an Asian man?”
This passage had mixed reviews on Twitter, even though most Issa fans know that she was definitely being funny. Hopefully this will blow over, and we can all get ready for Insecure Season 3.
What stands out to me is (1) how much more straight forward Issa Rae can be about Asian women (saying they are "ditching" Asian men for white) than Asian women themselves, and (2) how there is a similar, unspoken diss of black men here as less intellectual than Asian men. pic.twitter.com/9MBSGw9mhg— Five Alive (@Mont_Jiang) April 29, 2018
Man if a black man said what Issa Rae said ...... whew— Domonique👩🏽🍳 (@ChefDomonique) April 29, 2018
Dog, I'm not fucking boycotting Issa Rae because she wants to fuck Jet Li. I'm boycotting enough shit as is; Denny's, Shea butter, Dove soap, H&M, Starbucks, Kanye West, rappers who do songs w/ Kanye West, etc...— Slum Villain 🇨🇦 (@hexhawking) April 30, 2018
yall boycotting Issa rae?.. yeah yall on yall own.— Kareem Abdul-JEANbar (@insidehismind) April 30, 2018
I'm thinking most of the folks criticizing Issa Rae can't comprehend satire. (And probably didn't even read that book) pic.twitter.com/lhHJqXgsoN— Ebony Maw (@thomeography) April 30, 2018