Why Regina Hall Refused to Tell This Whitney Houston Joke on 'Black Monday'
Regina Hall is getting praise after revealing that she refused to tell a disrespectful Whitney Houston joke on her new Showtime sitcom “Black Monday.”
The legendary Houston struggled with drug abuse and addiction for most of her life, and despite her immense contribution to music, that unpleasant fact remains the butt of many jokes today.
Hall, however, has chosen to away from anything that will desecrate another artist’s memory.
During a recent roundtable session with other comedy actresses including Jane Fonda and Tiffany Haddish, the “Girls Trip” star said:
“There was a joke, and I can’t remember, but it was a joke I think about drugs and it was about Whitney Houston, and I was like, ‘I don’t want to say that.’ Artists give so much … and so to make fun of what was a challenge and an illness…”
“The great thing about our writers is they were like, ‘Absolutely. We’ll just do something else,'” Hall added.
Houston’s meteoric rise was marred by addiction struggles and personal troubles with her singer ex-husband, Bobby Brown, culminating in her tragic death on February 11, 2012.
The “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” star, a six-time Grammy winner, was found submerged in a bathtub with drugs, including cocaine and Xanax, in her system. She was 48.
Despite being one of the bestselling music artists of all time, Houston’s struggles have become material for several stand-up acts.
CHRIS ROCK'S MISPLACED JOKE
Fellow Grammy winner Chris Rock came under fire earlier this month after making one of such jokes. The actor/comedian shared an old photo of Houston appearing bored, but it was the caption that evoked much online rage.
“Hurry up I got crack to smoke,” Rock wrote in the since-deleted post.
Brown, 50, saw the joke and called out Rock for being insensitive and attempting to humiliate his ex-wife.
“During this time of women empowerment, you chose to use your time to humiliate our QUEEN!!!” Brown commented. “I thought you was a friend of the family.”
SOCIAL MEDIA REACTION TO REGINA HALL
It was against this backdrop that social media users heaped praises on Hall, 48, for her actions. The Shade Room posted a video of the actress narrating how she refused to tell the insensitive Whitney Houston joke and fans showed up in the comment section:
“She was definitely raised right. How my mother used to tell me “don’t laugh at anybody else situation [because] in a blink of an eye then tables could turn.” RESPECT her even more for this” ~@lul__britt
“Tell Chris Rock this” ~@kayesjay__
“Yes queen, don’t sit and drag another queen down” ~@afrodiiti_
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TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh _________ #ReginaHall is being given props for standing up for what she believes in, which can be a hard thing to do in #Hollywood. _________ She recently revealed during @hollywoodreporter’s comedy actress roundtable, which featured #TiffanyHaddish and #JaneFonda amongst other famed actresses, that she had a problem with a joke about the late #WhitneyHouston on her #Showtime series “Black Monday.” _________ Regina said she brought up the joke about Whitney’s drug habit that came up in the script and refused to tell it on the show. _________ “There was a joke…I think about drugs and it was about Whitney Houston. And I was like, I don’t want to say that,” she explained. “Artists give so much and so to make fun of what was a challenge and an illness-read more at TheShadeRoom.com! (📹: @hollywoodreporter)
Earlier this month, the “Barbershop” actress was the toast of social media users as she received an honorary doctorate from Dillard University.
“Thank you to all the faculty and staff for treating me so kindly and presenting me with my Honorary Doctorate,” Hall wrote on Instagram. “Just call me Dr. Hall from now on.”
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