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A New York director’s video poking fun at black women has bcome a YouTube sensation – and made many female viewers angry about the skit.
Elijah Griffin’s “S–t Black Girls Say” starring a black comedian in drag is only two weeks old and has already clocked more than one million views.
On Facebook and Twitter pages black women are debating whether the farce is funny, flippant, or both.
“When your work is provocative it will offend others. We don’t mean any harm,” said Griffin, 25,. “It’s not a social commentary on how real life is.”
Highlights of the video include Houston, Texas comedy actor Billy Sorrells, 29, dressed in drag going through her boyfriend’s phone, patting her itchy weave, and telling her beau to “pack your PlayStation and get out.”
The spoof is a spoof of another YouTube hit “S–t Girls Say” featuring white actor Graydon Sheppard and a cameo by 1980’s celeb Juliette Lewis.
That video currently has seven million views since its December 12th debut, and prompted Griffin’s friend, Hollywood writer Lena Waithe to suggest the parody for black audiences.
“We were just trying to amuse ourselves. We didn’t expect it to be viral,” said Sorrell whose describes his character “Peaches” as “a cross between a woman and a gay man” sporting a goatee.
“People need to laugh. When we laugh, we see each other better,” Sorrell said.
But black women advocates don’t see the punchline.
“While those images are funny to those of us who are well- educated, some young people don’t know how to filter the message,” said Benita Miller, founder of The Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill who counsels teen moms.
“Young people don’t know what is real or what is imagined,” Miller said. “When you work with young women they take on these characteristics.”
Farah Tanis, executive director of Black Women’s Blueprint in Downtown Brooklyn, pointed out that anytime someone posts something online, they can’t control their audience.
“You put something on YouTube, the whole world is watching,” Tanis said. “I don’t think it is a man’s place to offer this type of representation of black women.”
Despite the controversy, Griffin is not fazed.
“To all those people offended out there – it is a simple joke,” said Griffin. “It’s made for people who are easy going.”