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When we reported that Issa Rae would be tackling toxic masculinity during the next season of “Insecure,” I knew someone, some man, somewhere would have an issue with it. And sure enough, said man materialized.

Thankfully, his ignorance did not remain unchecked. But first, let’s allow him to air his grievances shall we.

And as is usually the case with men and these types of opinions, his conspiracy theory went way off into the deep end. In addition to critiquing Issa, he also shared thoughts on Oprah, Ava DuVernay and Shonda Rhimes—Black women in positions of power.

There was the mention of the phrase bed wench.

So the fact that this man could care less about his own relative being abused by men lets us know that there is just no hope. Even men who hate women will do something to protect their family members. He is no doubt one of the toxic types Issa will address in one way or another. Still, while his tweet garnered the most response, I guarantee there are other men who felt similarly “triggered” by the thought that they might have to look at and examine their behavior in this upcoming season.

So hopefully, those men will see the response actress Reagan Gomez offered.

Then Jay Ellis, an actual actor on the show and a Black man, stepped in to contribute his two cents.

Straight like that.


Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.
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