After an amazing box-office run and great press, Tiffany Haddish was quick to become a household name thanks to the comedy “Girls Trip”. Both the movie and her performance were overlooked on the Golden Globe nominations, continuing the awards season tendency of focusing almost exclusively on black art centered on suffering.
However, this snub hasn’t stopped her from joining new, diverse projects.
Haddish recently came on board both as executive producer and star on “The Oath”, written and directed by Ike Barinholtz. Internet crush John Cho will co-star in the movie “set in a near-future America in which citizens are required to take a loyalty oath. [It] follows a man trying to make it through the Thanksgiving holiday without destroying his family.”
23/35, Barinholtz and David Stassen’s company, will produce the film, along with QC Entertainment, which also backed the horror hit “Get Out”. The cast also includes Carrie Brownstein (“Portlandia”), Meredith Hagner, Nora Dunn, Chris Ellis, Billy Magnussen and Jon Barinholtz.
Though this is all we know about the film, Haddish’s role as producer and star is a great clapback after being overlooked. Jada Pinkett-Smith, who co-starred on “Girls Trip”, took to Twitter to criticize the Hollywood Foreign Press and made several important points.
Hollywood has systems in place that must learn to expand its concepts of race, gender equality and inclusion in regard to its perceptions of art across the board.
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) December 12, 2017
And she’s right, it’s about time that black stories stop being recognized only when they’re about pain. As Sesali Bowen wrote for Refinery29:
Black art is still art. Black audiences support the industry as a whole. And Black performers like Haddish have been killing it. Most importantly, Black people are just as much a part of the cultural experience as anyone else. And the moments in which that aspect of culture is reflected back are just as central to great storytelling and art.