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Protect Our Girls: Hulu Series ‘Difficult People’ Airs Disgusting Joke About Blue Ivy

Avatar • Aug 24, 2015

Comedienne Amy Poehler is being hung to dry on social media after a sickening joke was made about Blue Ivy on her executive-produced Hulu comedy series Difficult People. The joke: “I can’t wait for Blue Ivy to be old enough for R. Kelly to piss on her.”

The line was delivered by actress and series creator Julie Klausner. In the episode, her character posts the joke on Twitter and is surprised to receive backlash for it. Oh the irony.

Blue Ivy with her cousin, Julius.

Blue Ivy with her cousin, Julius.

Blue Ivy is barely 3 years old and while comedy is based on pushing boundaries of race, gender and sex, many wonder if the same joke would have been made about Suri Cruise, Shiloh Pitt, Seraphina Affleck, Princess Charlotte or Maxwell Johnson. All are children of celebrity women and, interestingly, all are far more publicly photographed than Blue Ivy. Beyonce is notoriously private about her marriage and daughter, only posting a few photos of Blue to her website every month or so. So, if Blue Ivy has a lower social profile, why was she targeted (much like Quvenzhané Wallis was when The Onion called her a cunt)? Many felt that racial attitudes about black women and girls are the reason.

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Amy Poehler has become a target although it’s unclear who wrote the joke or script. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Klausner stated that Poehler is very hands on:

Amy could not have been more hands-on. She did not only give notes on every script, she gave notes on every draft of every outline. She weighed in on casting videos, cast roles. She weighed in on production matters,” she said. “She came up with the title. She would give notes on every single edit, not only of the shows but of the promos, the trailers. She would be involved in every stage of the process in a way that she would go above and beyond.”

In the television writing and editing process a lot of jokes end up on the cutting room floor. We really wish this was one of them.

Neither Poehler or Klausner have spoken on the issue.

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Rose
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Rose

It is absolutely disgusting to make a joke about rape and pedophilia. This show and it’s writers and producers are trash!

Fix it
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Fix it

I can feel the sting of the Bey-hive coming her way .

I dont understand why America has it out for Black women so badly .

The Darling Kinkshamer
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The Darling Kinkshamer

White supremacy, they put us down in order to uphold Euro-centric ideals. There are even black people, and black men especially who have bought into it. They do not realize that demonizing black women is a potent form of misogynoir.

Tiffany Williams
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Tiffany Williams

This isn’t funny in ANYWAY and there is no way in Hell a white baby and Woody Allen home would have been created. This is the problem with America. We sexualize black girls ass if they’re grown women then blame them for anything sexual but against their consent that happens to them. Blue Ivy is a child, a black girl is a child. Let’s not be so quick to throw adult themes at them.

Cosita
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Cosita

I think the joke was not funny, wrong and in poor taste but I don’t think it was racist. I see black people on FB making jokes about Blue Ivy ALL THE TIME. I don’t mean just hair. They talk about how ugly they think she is. They photoshop a blonde wig on Jay Z and label it Blue Ivy. I have never seen one article complain about lots of black people calling her ugly but one one chick says something nasty and it’s time to be upset. This is the kind of stuff that confuses white people. They see… Read more »

The Darling Kinkshamer
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The Darling Kinkshamer

Black people can be racist. Yes, we can support and uphold white supremacy sometimes more than most whites. It’s not okay. The average black or white person isn’t necessarily a role model to uphold. In mainstream Western culture it’s okay to slut-shame girls, especially girls of color instead of addressing the fact that we are taking away their innocence.

Kevin Bacon
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Kevin Bacon

I don’t care for Beyoncé or Jay Z but taking shots at their 3 yr old daughter, who can’t defend herself, time after time is cruel and disgusting. Watch is Riley Curry is next.

lis
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lis

She was referencing what r Kelley did to at least one known Black girl but probably countless others and he is still walking around a free man with many fans, including many black women.…look…Black women are unprotected and on their own.…and Black males have been treating/saying worse about Black women for decades now without a peep from ANYONE, including Black women themselves.….There is no going back from that and yes everyone was listening and learning how to treat and speak of Black women and yes Black girls.….The cowardice and silence about this hasn’t and won’t make it go away and… Read more »

eljjai
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eljjai

Exactly what I said in different words.

lis
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lis

Forgot to add.…Black males will never work to make Black women and girls a protected class because they don’t care about Black women and girls at all…In addition they compete with Black women and girls for the crumbs of white supremacy.…to see who whites and others ‘prefer’, etc

good2bfree
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good2bfree

No, white people are not ‘confused.’ Using common sense should not be a confusing decision. Just because you hear, or see, someone say or do something does not mean you should do or say the same. I listen to my white co-workers use disparaging remarks toward one another all the time, but I don’t jump in and do the same. The tongues is the most destructive weapon in the world.

Cosita
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Cosita

Since when does everyone have common sense? lol Ihave had enough jobs working with the general public to believe most people don’t have CS.. .I was at a concert and one of the acts was One Republic started playing Gold Digger. While the singer did the radio version many white people in the crowd were singing the original lyrics. It was awkward but hey they are singing a song written by a black man. Can I really be mad or say I can sing that song but you can’t? That doesn’t make sense. I don’t go around calling people names… Read more »

jen516
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jen516

Black people are the worst offenders when it comes to making fun of Blue. I do think its a follow the leader type thing. If its cool to hate someone, it seems everyone wants to join in and hate on that person. I’m not saying this is the case here. But I think it comes off that way when it comes to the awful things people say about Blue. She is just a 3 year old. I really feel for her. Its going to be sad when she is old enough to read the things people say.

good2bfree
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good2bfree

Jealousy and envy are sicknesses. When you want something so badly but can’t have it, you respond by disparaging those who have it as a way to make you feel better about what you do have, even though you know it’s still not as good as the original.

Tiffany Williams
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Tiffany Williams

I see other adults insulting a child so I think it’s alright for me to insult a child as well. Makes no sense whatsoever.

Cosita
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Cosita

Nope. But a lot of people think that way.

Tiffany Williams
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Tiffany Williams

So we should hold THEM accountable as well, right? Let’s not excuse their ignorance.

Blackhairisbeautiful38
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Blackhairisbeautiful38

TRUE!! I do recall BET 106 & Park host Kareuche making fun of Blue Ivy’s hair and she was FIRED! Many people spoke out against this. Let’s not ignore the protests that do happen. Black people are not silent against their own race and they shouldn’t be silent against any other race that degrades us!!!!

Kim
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Kim

In the episode, her character posts the joke on Twitter and is surprised to receive backlash for it.”
The writers obviously knew that it was offensive. That was the point of the episode! If the joke wasn’t offensive then there would be no Twitter backlash for the character to deal with. CONTEXT, PEOPLE, CONTEXT!

Christina Guillot
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Christina Guillot

Although that is true, why make an offensive joke about a 3 year old child? Why a child?
If the joke was meant for the show why use a real person. Couldn’t they have used a different character to make the joke?

Dee
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Dee

What’s interesting is that they chose to focus on R kelly and not Woody Allen, Stephen Collins, or, more recently, Jared (all who were involved with pedophilia allegations or confessions). White people tend to be very comfortable talking about black people in the context of being perpetrators; yet will refuse to talk about the idea of black innocence in the context of the black lives matter movement. But you know what? White people tend to be much more protective of portrayal of their “whiteness” anything that harms or threatens the image of whiteness, they seem to collectively protect it. Yet,… Read more »

eljjai
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eljjai

Whats he difference between Blue Ivy and a 14 year old girl with no famous parents. If you weren’t mad about the girl who was actually abused by R kelly, You should not be mad about this. I watched sickened as the black community came out en masse to support R Kelly when he was charged with abusing that child. Talking about how that little girl must have been fast tailed etc etc. Now that it’s famous people’s child who wasn’t even abused in reality we want to be up in arms? On top of that, Black community itself has… Read more »

Dee
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Dee

*Claps*! Everything you said was truth!

neceyluv
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neceyluv

If we don’t respect ourselves first.….

gibsmedat
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gibsmedat

You guys are so right. White people never make fun of their own, jokes always have to be at the expense of others. A great example of this is the Olsen twins when they were growing up on full house. White people never made constant sex jokes about them and never had countdown til they turn 18 clocks on the net as jokes. Oh wait, they did, constantly, Bob Saget included who was known to make 3 way jokes about them while he was still working on full house with them. But that’s just one example of many. Keep pulling… Read more »

kalexa1
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kalexa1

You sound bitter n twisted about black people.

DeepCherrish
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DeepCherrish

What does this have to do with Black Lives Matter? She is a three year old child. She is a human being. This joke is not funny and very undignified and disrespectful and yes racist. Also, Bob Saget is a mentally disturbed pervert, and I remember all the white feminists objecting to the olsen twin countown, and the lindsey lohan countdown. But I’ve noticed the white owned, and run media refuses to call Jared a rapist and insist on saying he “had sex with a minor.” Fight that battle. Where are your condeming words for that white nonsense? What did… Read more »

The Darling Kinkshamer
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The Darling Kinkshamer

Agreed, why must we condone the rape and abuse of black girls just because mainstream culture seems to do so.

folamix
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folamix

If black men disrespect black women, are you really surprised that others do as well? Age makes no difference.

The Darling Kinkshamer
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The Darling Kinkshamer

Quvenzhané Wallis was referred to as a “c‑word”, by the Onion.

shan
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shan

It does not make you a punk to apologize. I am sorry for writing things that I wish I could take back. Being mean to people makes you feel awful. Being mean to a baby has to make you feel awful. I’m calling a truce, if I’m not writing something nice about someone I won’t write it. Only put good into the world. It is cool to apologize. People do it everyday.

The Darling Kinkshamer
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The Darling Kinkshamer

Black girls deserve girlhood so much that this depresses me. I feel fortunate to have been allowed to be innocent by my upbringing and I want to protect kids from the world. Joking about the abuse and grooming of teenage black girls is appalling, this comment makes me feel like retching.

nyna
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nyna

did anyone actually watch the show or know the context? The female character makes this disgusting joke on twitter as an attempt to hopefully make someone notice her for her “raunchy, edgy” humor and is immediately shut down by everyone and is chastised for her ignorance. The show should be be boycotted more for its lack of humor and crappy writing than because a fictional character makes an outlandish joke that puts her in hot water within the parameters of the show. the joke isn’t even funny, it’s seen as inappropriate and receives swift repercussions in that fictional space. Let’s… Read more »

lis
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lis

Oh please..that was just a ploy TO tell that’ joke’…

Blackhairisbeautiful38
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Blackhairisbeautiful38

I do recall BET 106 & Park host Kareuche making fun of Blue Ivy’s hair and she was FIRED! Many people spoke out against this. Let’s not ignore the protests that do happen. Black people are not silent against their own race and they shouldn’t be silent against any other race that degrades us!!!! Or anyone else for that matter! If we stood up for each other as a human race the world would be better. Human beings are disgusting and should be ashamed of how they treat each other!

Cosita
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Cosita

Oh yeah. I agree 100%.

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