Issa Rae’s season two of Insecure on HBO is currently underway. HBO has already announced that the series will continue to a third season. However, it is interesting that even with the perverted themes that are promoted on this show it continues to receive critical acclaim. Why is it that black television that promotes debauchery is celebrated?
Sexual empowerment vs real power
Although Issa and her friend Molly are supposed to represent the educated black women their language and behavior is typical of hoodrats and not women who have matriculated through the top educational institutions in America. Issa Rae who massacres the image of the black woman in the name of entertainment. The young black children who watch that show are easily influenced by the celebration of ‘ho culture in the name of empowerment. Studies have shown that African Americans are influenced by television more than any other group in America which means we must hold our entertainers accountable for how they are portrayed. Soon there will be hordes of women and girls seeking ‘ho-rotations’ instead of committed relationships which will result in the spread of HIV and STDs which are never discussed on the show but are a reality especially among African American women.
Celebration of the weak black man
When Issa goes on a date with the Latina guy they show him reaching out for the check portraying him as the take charge male character. However, Lawrence and all the other black males are objectified as sexual beings only. Issa Rae makes it a point to show black males nude and not portray as anything other than sexual objectives. The show misses an opportunity to discuss how black males are the least employed people in America or how according to an Emory University study, a white male with a criminal record has a higher probability of being hired for a job before a black male with a college degree and no criminal record. This could have been used to explain Lawrence’s plight in season 1. Issa Rae misses this opportunity by never having anything positive to say about black males and referring to them using the white supremacist ‘n’ word.
No positive Black relationships
Molly’s parents who were long held in esteem as an example of marriage are in Season 2 being portrayed as failures due to Molly’s father’s infidelity. The only married friend is Tiffany and in Season 2 she reveals that their relationship has experienced a spat and her husband has moved out and spent time living at a hotel.
The setup with Molly’s parents is meant to justify Molly’s adulterous relationship with a married man. The audience is told that Dro is in an open marriage and begs the question is it wrong to engage in a sexual relationship with someone in an open marriage? This is meant to emphasize to the audience that marriage is not to be prized. There are no redeeming married couples. It just makes black Americans look pathetic and makes black relationships dysfunctional and undesirable.
Stereotypical bad children
Issa Rae portrays black children as unwilling to learn, disruptive and exhibiting behavioral issues. During a field trip the students exhibit ADHD behavior. They are on the bus and stuck in traffic but cannot sit and read a book or speak softly. The other children have to be bribed with food to attend the tutoring session. They end up stealing food and I don’t know who thinks this makes good comedy. Black children are being shown as smart mouthed, sassy, profane little brats.
Celebration of debased sexual promiscuity
The undercurrent of the series is that black women cannot find love. Black men are with women of other races or inept therefore black women are out of options. The overweight friend Kelly meets a guy and on their first date in a dingy restaurant he performs a sexual act on her. The black woman on this show are portrayed as so desperate to satisfy her sexual appetite.
Soft bigotry of low expectations
The show Insecure show sends the message that black people are profane, hood rats even when they are educated and come from two parent homes they have no standards of morality. Black women are still being portrayed as insecure and exist just to satisfy their basest instinct of sexual gratification.