Tasha Smith Dismisses “Angry Black Woman” Criticisms
In less than a week, Tasha Smith will bring her “Why Did I Get Married” character Angela to the small screen in the new sitcom “For Better or Worse.” The loud, argumentative, and perpetually tipsy persona of the character has been criticized as yet another representation of the “angry black woman” stereotype, which has turned some fans off. But in a recent interview, the newlywed actress says she’s not buying it. The stunning actress told Black Enterprise:
C’mon let’s be real: Any woman who has been in a relationship and has experienced anything close to what Angela and Marcus have knows things happen. People want to say Black women are loud, but everyone knows it was a white woman who cut off her man’s penis. You never heard a Black woman doing that! A Black woman might put a hoe in check; but she ain’t cutting off no penis. (Laughs) Angela’s passionate, and if people give [the show] a chance, they will see how she matures as we all do.
I have to agree with Tasha. Sometimes we get so caught up in image and how we’ll be perceived that we don’t even allow ourselves to see the humor in certain things, like the obviously over-the-top nature of Angela and Marcus’ relationship. Perhaps it’s the fact that Tyler Perry is behind the production that makes some automatically squeamish, which is another issue in and of itself. But Angela’s character was obviously created to invoke humor, and that she does. Plus, it shouldn’t be ignored that she is a successful businesswoman, and in the movie was one of four upscale black women with far more toned down personalities.