Update 4:29 pm ET: D.L. Hughley has offered an apology for the insensitive comments made about the domestic violence allegations brought against “Scandal” actor Columbus Short by estranged wife, Tanee McCall-Short. His statement reads:
“Last week during an after-show segment of my radio show, The DL Hughley Show, I unintentionally offended some people.
In regards to Columbus Short’s legal issues, I jumped to a conclusion and blamed Tanee McCall-Short; and I’m sorry. My intent was not to quiet victims.
When I did speak of the topic on air, I repeatedly emphasized then, and as I do now, that anyone who is convicted of domestic violence, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law; and that is what I believe.
Today, as always, the phone lines to The DL Hughley Show will be open. We’ll address this topic with the DL Question of the Day and will discuss it throughout the show today from 3pm – 7pm ET.”
Are you satisfied with his statement?
Yesterday, we told you about some pretty outrageous comments made by comedian and actor D.L. Hughley regarding the real-life scandal surrounding fellow actor Columbus Short and his estranged wife, Tanee. Apparently D.L. isn’t convinced that Tanee is being truthful in her domestic violence allegations made against Columbus. In case you missed it, here’s some of what he had to say:
“The star of one of the hottest dramas in the country, chokes the f*ck out of his wife? That doesn’t ever happen. I don’t think it happened first off. Like the time Warren Sapp was getting ready to do the Super Bowl and some broad said that he raped her. There are just as many examples of women lying on men in the middle of divorce proceedings to get what they want, as there are men who actually do anything. My point is if he did what she’s alleging he did, she could still get all that she’s going to have and not bring it up now, when it damages his market value that she’s going to be impacted by. If he loses that job nobody’s living in Calabasas anymore.”
Since the airing of D.L.’s comments, a Change.org petition organized by writer Kirsten West Savali has been launched, urging the radio personality to apologize. According to Kirsten, D.L.’s insenitive words have endangered “the lives of Black women who may be victims of domestic violence by encouraging them to remain silent.” An excerpt from the petition reads:
“We must hold D.L. Hughley and Reach Media’s Black America Web — which through the headline, “Why Columbus Short’s Wife Should Keep Her Mouth Shut,” lends credence to Hughley’s malicious and dangerous remarks — to a much higher standard. One that doesn’t mock the pain of Black women, assumes that we are liars or further endangers us by creating an environment in which our lived experiences with domestic violence are ignored and ridiculed while our dead bodies pile up in cemeteries across the nation.
We are demanding that D.L. Hughley publicly apologize for endangering the lives of Black women who may be victims of domestic violence by encouraging victims to remain silent for monetary gain. We are demanding that he apologize for victim-blaming and perpetuating a culture of violence against Black women.
We are requesting that several blocks of programming be dedicated to Black women, domestic violence and what can be done in the Black community to address this very real issue.
We are requesting that Hughley’s show be suspended until such actions are taken.
If such actions are not taken, we will call on “The D.L. Hughley Show” sponsors to no longer financially support the dehumanization of Black women and the dismissal of domestic violence, one of the most important issues in the Black community.”
You can check out and sign the petition here. Thoughts?