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 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.
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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