‘Racial Policing’ On Broadway? Playwright Jeremy O. Harris Defends Rihanna’s Texting | MSNBC

‘Racial Policing’ On Broadway? Playwright Jeremy O. Harris Defends Rihanna’s Texting | MSNBC 1


Playwright Jeremy O. Harris of the famed play “Slave Play” talks with MSNBC’s Ari Melber in a casual conversation on Instagram Live during the coronavirus pandemic, and Harris discusses racial disparities in the world of theater, sharing his personal experience and recounting a small controversy involving him and the singer Rihanna. (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC. ). Aired on 05/28/2020.
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‘Racial Policing’ On Broadway? Playwright Jeremy O. Harris Defends Rihanna’s Texting | MSNBC

30 Comments on "‘Racial Policing’ On Broadway? Playwright Jeremy O. Harris Defends Rihanna’s Texting | MSNBC"

  1. Poor Majesty | May 28, 2020 at 5:15 PM | Reply

    I wonder if he reads this?

  2. André Greene | May 28, 2020 at 5:28 PM | Reply

    I must say… what an amazing interview! The cross section of pop culture, Broadway, and politics. Kudos to Ari being so intellectually numble. This Is exactly, what i needed to hear. Do we need to worry qbout a pandemic-when Rihanna, is texting during a Broadway play?

  3. Effscott Fitz-gee | May 28, 2020 at 5:44 PM | Reply

    I feel like this is a racebaiting lie. He said the woman was sitting next to him, so it makes logical sense that she would address him and not the friend.

    • ErykaSoleil | May 28, 2020 at 9:19 PM | Reply

      Effscott Fitz-gee : I would argue that it would make logical sense for her to address both of them, as they were both within arm’s reach of her and doing the same activity. He did also comment that he was not the closest person to her who was on their phone.

    • Effscott Fitz-gee | May 28, 2020 at 9:40 PM | Reply

      ErykaSoleil – the fact that he said she was sitting next to him, but he was not the closest person makes no sense. Was the friend sitting in her lap? Addressing one of them should be sufficient for both of them to get the message, unless they have no etiquette.

  4. MSNBC playing a race-themed story. Shocker…..

  5. John Dexter | May 28, 2020 at 5:51 PM | Reply

    Rock on!

  6. Jesus H. Christ… I… Lawd have mercy… I… That’s all I got, bruh.

  7. Right on cue msnbc cnn start rolling out the racism videos. Pushing the division.

    • Nicole Brown | May 28, 2020 at 6:31 PM | Reply


    • Nicole Brown its the little boy who cried wolf story. After so many times no one listens anymore.
      That’s what happens when you cry racism bout everything. It cheapens the actual racism. And nobody is caring anymore heard it bout everything. Even calling time racist. Ridiculous

    • M2B mluvAndgrace | May 28, 2020 at 6:44 PM | Reply

      David Hale If you’re bothered then you’re the racist pushing hate!

    • Nicole Brown | May 28, 2020 at 7:12 PM | Reply

      @David Hale QUIT TRIPPIN’ DAVID.

    • Nicole Brown tripping? You got triggered and responded to me. Hahahaha

  8. Fabian Prado | May 28, 2020 at 6:14 PM | Reply

    Ari is so down to Earth. He does the best, most refreshing interviews! Definitely a man of intellect and culture!

  9. Nicole Brown | May 28, 2020 at 6:26 PM | Reply


  10. Lmfao. We allllllll victims now.

  11. Elizabeth Setlow | May 28, 2020 at 6:31 PM | Reply

    This was deliciously intellectual, eloquent, hip, fun, and astute. More of this, Ari! Moar!

  12. Elizabeth Setlow | May 28, 2020 at 6:33 PM | Reply

    Oooooooh….. the comment trolls are swarming around THIS one! **Eats popcorn enthusiastically**

  13. Kelly Andrews | May 28, 2020 at 6:41 PM | Reply

    Is this Jeremy person texting DURING this interview (near the end). How rude.

    • amiho gatai | May 28, 2020 at 6:56 PM | Reply

      the movements looks like he might be rolling a joint or something similar, if anything. or it might be something totally different. personally, i don’t think it is texting. then again people have varying levels of skills when it come to these things. it was distracting, though, for real.

    • ErykaSoleil | May 28, 2020 at 9:27 PM | Reply

      Kelly Andrews : They spent time talking about how people have a wide range of reasons they might seem like they aren’t paying attention when they really are. He could have been texting, or he could have been checking a message from the family member of a friend in the hospital, or playing with a fidget spinner, or doing crochet because he needs to keep his hands busy, or simply getting distracted by something his cat or dog is doing. Maybe he finds it weird to just stare into the camera constantly and was giving himself a quick break, or maybe he was keeping an eye on his battery life because he hadn’t been able to find the charger for his laptop, who knows? He was clearly present and involved in the conversation throughout, so if his eyes looking elsewhere bothers you, you might try looking at something else while you listen to the video.

  14. Keenan Thomas | May 28, 2020 at 7:29 PM | Reply

    Things are ALWAYS different when a woman does it. Vagina make it right.

  15. Keenan Thomas | May 28, 2020 at 7:40 PM | Reply

    It’s not that texting (in context) is TACKY and reveals the low born manner in which is someone was raised. The salient character issue is that it’s illogical. You go to a party/club social gathering and [decided] that you want to talk to people who are not there. You look pathetic, just leave the event and be with your text friends. Only when you’re with your text friend you have to text the one person who Isn’t in that room. There’s no logic in your behavior.

  16. OH___YAH__GEMINI ====== me too and you ROCK IT

  17. Rusty Shackleford | May 28, 2020 at 7:51 PM | Reply

    Lol “I’m a Gemini so I understand his mind” 😯 this guy is a frickin mind reader he must be some super evolved human from the future.

  18. Zouk•Kompa •Zouk | May 28, 2020 at 7:58 PM | Reply


  19. Justice Boofer | May 28, 2020 at 9:11 PM | Reply

    You can’t make me believe in religion, or listen to rap. Both for sheep.

  20. Time to open the barbershops I’m just saying

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