D.L. Hughley was recently asked about something he said in the past in regard to Black women being angry, and he didn’t take those words back.
Hughley made the comment in 2012 when he was talking about his book “I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up.”
“I’ve never met an angrier group of people,” he said back then. “Like, Black women are angry just in general. Angry all the time. My assessment, out of, just in my judgment, you either are in charge or they’re in charge, so there’s no kind of day that you get to rest.”
Hughley spoke with Essence on Wednesday and at first made a joke about those comments.
“Black women are like spicy food. I love you, but it hurts in the morning,” he stated. “I love Black women so much that all my mistresses have been Black.”
Hughley then got serious and doubled down on his Black-women-are-angry statement, but he also said it’s nothing that should be considered offensive.
“Most people say that, but don’t give you the out that you have a reason to be angry,” he explained. “What did James Baldwin say? ‘To be Black and conscious is to be angry all the time.’ It’s not wrong to be angry, it’s wrong to not know why.”
“Aren’t you angry when your sons are getting shot in the street?” continued Hughley. “Aren’t you angry when you’re maligned? Aren’t you angry when you have to protect us more than we step up for you? So why would you be mad when someone said that you were angry? What you’re mad about is that people don’t explain why.”
It’s not the first time Hughley had to address something controversial he said about Black women. In 2014 he talked about Columbus Short‘s ex-wife Tuere McCall-Short accusing the actor of domestic violence. Short was fired from the show “Scandal” in that year after the allegations surfaced.
“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,” said Hughley on his radio show then.
The comedian also referred to Tuere McCall-Short as a “Thirsty b-tch,” which he eventually apologized for.
And in 2007, Hughley received backlash for defending Don Imus after the former radio host referred to the Rutgers female basketball team as “nappy-headed ho’s,” but the comedian told Essence that he has deep admiration for Black women, despite what some may think.
Hughley has been married to LaDonna Hughley, who is Black, since 1986.
“I love [Black women] in spite of the things that you think are deficits,” he said. “I like who you are. I love your strength. I love the way you roll your eyes. I love the way you get mad when you’re really hurt. I love it.”