“I’m Going To Make Mistakes. I’m A Human Being.” Tiffany Haddish Addresses Bombed NYE Performance

February 10, 2019  |  

tiffany haddish addresses bombed NYE performance

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With Instagram filters and carefully crafted captions giving the illusion that everyone, specifically celebrities, are portraits of perfection, it can be easy to forget that we all have “off” days. For celebrities a bad hair day, a tasteless joke or an unpopular opinion may often feel a lot worse since they have to experience it in front of just a couple million fans and followers. For comedian Tiffany Haddish an “off” day went viral when a NYE performance included members of the audience walking out mid-performance, and Haddish trying to salvage the performance with a bottle of Ciroc before acknowledging her defeat:

“Yes, this happened. I wish it was better, Miami. I prayed on it and I have a strong feeling this will never happen again.”

It wasn’t long before social media, filled with folks smack in the middle of their holiday vacations, started to go in on the comedian, reiterating the words of Katt Williams who in an interview that had went viral just weeks before stated that Haddish wasn’t all that funny, namely because she wasn’t a strong stand up comedian. In an interview with Shadow & Act, Haddish addresses her experiences with the fickleness of social media and the trend of building celebrities up just to break them down. Haddish reminds us that everyone, famous or not, deserves the opportunity to learn and grow:

“I’m going to make mistakes.”

“I’m a human being, I’m not perfect and I never sold myself as being perfect. I never came out like, ‘I’m the most dopest, most wonderful.’ You’ll never hear me say I’m the funniest person alive; you’ll never hear me say any of those things because I know there’s always somebody better. I’m always going to be learning, I’m always going to be growing and every human should think that way.”

When asked about messages she has for Black creatives that look up to her, Haddish appears surprised and shares that social media can sometimes be a very negative place:

“They do? I couldn’t tell. I seen some of the stuff people been saying, they be saying some mean stuff and I just be like, ‘Well you know, y’all can’t be meaner than my mama! So, say what you want to. I could care less.”

Unfortunately, black men have proven to be some of Haddish’s harshest critics, but she feels their hate is really resentment for her refusal to be the demure damsel in distress that make some men feel valued and comfortable:

“I saw a lot of Black men talking mess.”

“I don’t get offended by it. I just think, ‘You guys, think back 100 years ago. A Black woman like me, 100 years ago, would be dead.’ And anybody who— any other Black person— who wanted to speak their mind and be open and out there and be an inspiration to other Black people would be dead.”

“I think a lot of them  [Black men] talk mess because I inspire Black women to be great, to be themselves, and they’re like ’Ahhhh, I can’t control her anymore! Tiffany Haddish, you ruined this for me, ahhhhhhhh!’”

You can catch Haddish being her usual hilarious and unbothered self as she gears up to promote her role in the new CG animation movie The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

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