I love Rebel Wilson. I thought she did an amazing job as Fat Amy in the Pitch Perfect movies. She is funny as hell, and a killer singer. But last night, she did something that wasn’t so funny.
When presenting the Best Hip Hop video, she said “I know a lot of people have problems with the police. But I really hate police strippers!” In an attempt to make a joke about strippers, she trivialized the very real issue of police brutality and offended a lot of people who have suffered because of racist policing policies.
Just like we don’t make rape jokes, and we don’t make homophobic jokes, we shouldn’t be laughing about police brutality. To do so is to hurt the families of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, and the countless others who have died at the hands of the police. Their deaths are not funny, not to their families and friends, and not to the people still fighting for justice.
I don’t believe that Rebel Wilson intended to do harm with that statement. It was misguided, and a bad choice, but she isn’t a bad person. I would like to think that this is a learning experience for her, and from this point on she can be a voice for the Black Lives Matter movement. But first, she needs to understand why trying to make a joke of police brutality is a problem.