Amanda Seales recently came forward to publicly address the drama that happened behind the scenes at a Black Emmys party that she was escorted out of. Seales said that after she had trouble being allowed into the party, she was escorted out by security shortly after she got in and her Insecure castmates saw what happened and didn’t intervene. After we reported about the incident, which Seales discussed on her Small Doses podcast, her co-star Sarunas Jackson responded to us via Twitter to give his two cents about the matter.
“You can’t be a disrespectful-ass human being and expect people to want to hang out with you,” he said in a now deleted tweet where he replied to our post. “It’s quite simple. Sit it out.”
Seales said she was surprised when she arrived to the Black Emmys party and wasn’t on the guestlist. However, she revealed that she doesn’t have a good relationship with the organizer of the party, Issa Rae’s publicist Vanessa Anderson.
“She has never been nice to me, ever,” Seales said on the “Side Effects of Professionalism ” episode of her podcast. “She’s always had a curtness, and she’s always seemed to be bothered simply by my demeanor, my way of communicating with her, etc. At a certain point it became, ‘Well this is not someone I need to speak to because I don’t work for her, she doesn’t work for me. There’s no reason for us to interact for all intents and purposes. So we don’t.”
Last year, she did she difficulty gaining entry into the same party and when she tried to get Anderson’s attention, she responded coldly to her. This year, she wasn’t on the guest list at all. She said not only was it “wildly humiliating” when she was escorted out but she was also hurt that her co-stars didn’t help her.
“I’m also seeing people seeing this happen and they’re doing nothing,” she said. “If I saw this happening to someone else, I would have been all up in that s–t.”
For the sake of one of our most celebrated shows, we hope that the cast can resolve whatever differences they have.