Aisha Tyler is one of the latest celebrities to join the Human Rights Campaign’s Americans for Marriage Equality Campaign. In her PSA, the 41-year-old co-host of “The Talk” draws on her personal experience of being in an interracial relationship to draw a parallel between the right to marry someone of a different race with the right to marry someone of the same sex. She says:
“I’m married and my husband is white. But did you know that 40 or 50 years ago in many American states it was illegal for black people and white people to marry?
“Well now we have that same injustice here in the United States, because gays can’t marry each other in many states. And I support marriage equality because I believe that everybody should have the right to marry who they love.”
Not long after, the comedian comes out of Aisha when she says:
“So let’s save traditional marriage by letting gays marry, because we straight people are f***ing it up.”
Jokes aside, a lot of people have taken issue with the comparison of gay rights to various aspects of African Americans’ struggles in society. Interracial marriage obviously isn’t just a black and white thing, but it will be interesting to see how people respond to her specific message.
Do you think the fight for interracial marriage and gay marriage are the same?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.