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The Only Takeaway From The ‘Insecure’ Finale Is That Lawrence Is No Catch

This piece was originally published on November 30th, 2016 on The Frisky.

The sight of black men cheering for Lawrence during Sunday night’s Insecure season finale gave me heart palpitations. Men gathered around the TV to howl like it was a NBA Championship game when Lawrence (Jay Ellis) had revenge sex with bank teller Tasha (Dominque Perry). It was a low moment for the #LawrenceHive who see themselves in the unambitious “good guy” that they think Lawrence is. I’m…embarrassed for them. And because any time men are loud and wrong they must be humbled, I’m now in the unfortunate position of having to defend Issa (Issa Rae), who is almost as insufferable as Molly (Yvonne Orji). Here we go.

As one tweeter put it, black women and men haven’t been this divided since Sporty Thievz’s “No Pigeons” response to TLC’s “No Scrubs” phenom. It’s ugly out here. But my duty is to make sure we all walk away from Season One holding these truths to be self-evident: Lawrence is not a catch. He did not win.

That revenge D Lawrence gave Tasha were the backstrokes of a man frustrated from years of unemployment. It was the concentration of a man who wants someone to pay for his broken heart. It was the pounding of a man looking for a new home for his pitiful pillow. It was the Mary J Blige equivalent of “I’ve done enough cryin’, cryin’, cryin’.” Had he been giving it to Issa like this the entire five years maybe she would’ve been all, “Daniel who?” Because who really cares about a damn high school crush. But he wasn’t stroking her like that, so here we are.

Early on in the season, we learn that Lawrence has been “getting his shit together for four years.” He’s moping around the house because his job search turns up fruitless. (Been there, done that, wore the t-shirt.) Shit happens. The typical man — or one worthy of being with — would see his girl out-hustling him and get motivated real fast to get to the money. Uber driver by night, designing websites by day, bartending, something. Not Lawrence though. He’s too good for the jobs that aren’t a good fit because he has a degree. When he finally does take a job to bring in some coins, it’s at Best Buy. I mean, it’s a job, but he may as well sit home to collect unemployment because that hourly wage check is being gobbled up by taxes. Best Buy, dude?

An actual “good guy” who feels inadequate because his finances aren’t in order at least tries to go the extra mile at home. Laundry, dishes, Fabuluoso’ing the bathroom down, cooking, anything that doesn’t make you look like a shiftless bum. Not Lawrence though. He sulks. Lawrence is too bool to get an edge up. He can’t even remember Issa’s birthday. An unemployed broke boy forgetting your birthday is unforgivable. Even if he couldn’t spend any money, it should’ve been the most creatively sentimental celebration he could muster up. He has nothing but time to visit Dollar Tree and Michael’s for some arts and crafts. Issa should’ve cheated sooner!

Somehow his lack of ambition landed him a full-time job with benefits that he almost turned down to work on his app until Issa brought him back to the reality that is BILLS. If he didn’t get his app off the ground during unemployment then too bad so sad. Entrepreneurship costs. You have to fund said ideas. And this is the character with whom [y’all] wanna place your faith?

We are not going to act like Lawrence was a desirable partner. Dude refused to get a line up for a job interview. His level of ain’t shitness was written on the walls.

To be clear, Issa ain’t off the hook either. All jokes aside, cheating is a selfish, shitty thing to do. Personally, I believe repetitive cheating is a character flaw. But for the purposes of the show, Issa needed to cheat. Issa did not have the courage to walk away from a man she clearly didn’t want. She specifically didn’t know if she had the fortitude to deal with an unmotivated man who wasn’t giving it to her “face down, ass up” in the way she daydreamed Daniel (Y’lan Noel) would. Eventually Issa scratched that itch with Daniel for her own selfish reasons. And I love that a woman was able to be selfish for once, that her cheating challenged the idea that women only cheat if we’re emotionally invested in the side dude.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Issa Rae discussed the importance of having Issa’s character cheating not be about Lawrence in that moment.

The idea of a woman cheating is so bewildering for a lot of men; like it’s a huge mark of betrayal for them in a way that’s kind of a double standard…[An executive] strongly believed that women could not come back from cheating and I remember thinking how unfair that was, because I watched shows and movies where women forgive men for cheating all…the…time. It was also important to me to have Issa cheat precisely at a moment where Lawrence wasn’t necessarily at fault; where it wasn’t about him, it was about her. I think we always think that a man has to do something for a woman to cheat, and this was very much about Issa and her decision to be “aggressively active” for once. She just failed to think about what she would lose in the process.

Sometimes the game is the game.

Essentially, Issa’s inability to communicate the years of unspoken issues was the relationship’s downfall, at least partly. The hard truth is she didn’t really want Lawrence. At the very least, she was uncertain if he was the forever guy, and she should’ve broken up with him to embark on an exploratory phase. Instead, she convinced herself she wanted Lawrence because a woman’s worth is always tied to having a man. Her own best friend told her she didn’t deserve Lawrence. Issa was beaten over the head with the idea that Lawrence was a “good man” so she’d best be appreciative of scraps lest she find herself alone with a dozen cats. As if being alone is the worst possible thing that could happen to a woman. This societal pressure on women to find and keep a man is why women settle all the time because it’s better to have a piece of a man with potential than to be alone. That’s bullshit. Had Issa been encouraged to break up with her man to figure things out, just maybe she wouldn’t be on Daniel’s studio couch having itches scratched.

The most predictable storyline of the season was Lawrence having sex with Tasha — the one who listened and encouraged his ideas. Because all a lazy unmotivated man needs is a woman to build him up. Yet men are never expected to build women up. It was also predictable because men don’t tend to handle breakups like women. Women emote, men ho. He was going to have sex with somebody shortly after the breakup regardless. Was he wrong for hooking up with Tasha? Not really. Was it a fuckboy move? Absolutely. It was done vindictively with the intent to hurt Issa when she finds out.

Lawrence-Issa & Co. were all insufferable with the exception of Kelli (Natasha Rothwell) and Jared (Langston Kerman). All of them exhibited trash behavior, so Lawrence isn’t on that You Are Nobody’s Catch float all alone. I’m team #everybodyistrash, but couldn’t miss the opportunity to pump the hurt boys’ brakes about their beloved Lawrence.

The visceral reaction we’re all having to Issa and Lawrence’s relationship drama is because it represents the messiness of life and love whether we relate to the characters or not. Perhaps the mark of a good show is the ability to get viewers invested in the characters enough to talk about their decisions as if it’s real life. If that was the goal the show succeeded.

The Lawrence and Issa saga challenges our ideas about gender in relationships. It specifically points to the double standard of cheating. A woman cheating deserves revenge while a man’s cheating deserves forgiveness. A man is always “just fucking them girls he was gon’ get right back.” Never do we see a man encouraged to take back a cheating woman. If Lawrence had cheated and then Issa had revenge sex, men would’ve protested the show with the kind of rage they displayed over Olivia Pope sleeping with a white president. Issa did what men have always done, and Lawrence is nobody’s “good man” worth rooting for. He was a boring birthday-forgetting bum who barely pulled himself together in the ninth hour. Unfortunately, a day late and a dollar short has consequences. A guy who was a catch would’ve known that.

Bené Viera

Bené Viera is a Brooklyn based journalist who writes about culture, race and gender. Her work has appeared in GQ, Vulture, ESSENCE, Cosmopolitan, ESPN, VIBE, Glamour and ELLE. When she’s not writing she’s stanning for Nas. Follow her on Twitter at @beneviera.

  • Wise Old Owl

    LOL…Since Issa has ovaries and Lawrence has testicles he has to lose, because a Black Man can never win over a Black woman…the social media gender war in the Black Community pushed by biased and bitter bloggers of both genders is getting pathetic…

    • Kas

      I hope you borrowed the shank from yesterday’s guest writer. You are going to need it.

      • Wise Old Owl

        I am used to it on this site…however, it still amazes me that she is trying to defend Issa’s cheating by dissecting and destroying Lawrence’s worth and pain. I get it, she pretty much admitted it, since he wasn’t blowing her back out on a nightly basis, he was a PhucckBoy loser, who deserved to be cheated on by Issa . I guess a Black Man is only good for his swag and eggplant…

        • MsSula

          I lowkey suspect the blog was written for click-bait purposes (on its original site), because I refuse to believe the length and level to which she just went to justify triflin’ behavior! Nope Noppity in Noppington!

          • Digital_Underground

            I think these entire conversations are for click bait.

            • Kas

              Well, it’s working.

          • Brandon Allen

            I mean it’s definitely bait. Worms hanging off the hook.

          • Wise Old Owl

            It obviously was…still got us clicking and de-baiting…lol

          • NonyaB?

            I assumed everyone was aware of the clickbait angle. My first reaction on seeing the post was cynical laughter at DayMoan & PanaMayne’s decision to see how far an additional keg of kerosene could go on a raging fire by publishing another post on the show.

      • Brother Mouzone

        Bwaaaaaaaaaaa!

  • Jennifer
    • CrankUpThe_AC

      Not today, Satan lol

    • HouseOfBonnets

      So you just gonna leave me? We suppose to be together in this

      • Jennifer

        #selfcare

        lol

    • Other_guy13

      Good idea

    • ms. nylahou

      Lol, I needed this gif on Facebook last night when my cousin started to vent about how women who didn’t want to have kids needed to move off the Earth. I started to respond about the right and freedom to choose, but just logged off and had some wine instead.

      • Jennifer

        Wine is always the answer. I’m proud of you.

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        Tell your cousin I know a couple of people who’d light her up with a 1-2 combo for that.

      • charisma_supreme

        Wow. Your cuz gone finance my Mars trip? I like red stuff, i wouldn’t mind. Lol

  • HouseOfBonnets
  • Conrad Bess
  • HouseOfBonnets
    • RewindingtonMaximus

      She is so getting bank out of this

    • And I’m so happy for her! My friend played the Jamal half of Black and Yellow, and he was also on Awkward Black Girl with her years back. From what I hear, she’s super down to earth and PUTS ON for everybody.

      • Janelle Doe

        That’s good to know. One wonders … OAN nice to see you Pinks. How’rz the fam?

        • I’m good, thanks! They here, annoying my life per usual. How are you?

    • Yep. GOT ‘EM! That’ll take care of her mortgage for a few years.

      • HouseOfBonnets

        She probably signing a new deal right now, well deserved and played.

  • Negro Libre
    • HouseOfBonnets

      It’s been like this all week lol

    • Scorpiogoddess??

      which people don’t you believe??!

      • Negro Libre

        Lol people who find relationship existential meaning to a fictional show…thank the lord social media didn’t exist during the 90’s shows; thinkpieces would’ve effed them all up.

        • HouseOfBonnets

          Could you imagine the peices on martin and Gina, Max and Kyle, Dwayne and whitley?

          We would lowkey be extinct ????

          • Negro Libre

            “The problematic relationship between Sheneneh and Gina and the legacy of the brown paper bag test!”

            It would be great to start a thread of titles for 90’s shows thinkpieces.

            • Hugh Akston

              Don’t do it mayn

  • Scorpiogoddess??

    Issa NEEDED to cheat!
    NONSENSE to the nth power. Bish walk away! Leave him!

    First of all, I HATE the fact that Lawrence is being examined from the angle of, BROKENESS. He has lost his job, he is not financially where he wants to be, he is depressed, he is lost and yes, been lost for FOUR years. I get the frustration of him not getting his sheet together, given the time frame and him feeling that those jobs were beneath him, until he realized, well maybe that’s all I got at the moment.
    Let’s be real. You work corporate making X amount/year, and loose your job and start working at McDOnalds, the transition is NOT easy!

    Issa is at the end of her rope as far as Lawrence is concerned, she could have womaned the phakk up and walked away!

    He is a catch. Nobody has their sheet together! Some take longer than others! Clearly he is business driven, just lacking in strategy and execution. You can’t beat a man when he is down. LAWRENCE you phakked the shid out of Tasha like you should have! yes baby!

    • MsSula

      I didn’t have the strength to write it all out again. But thank you.

      This blog post is a pep talk of girlfriends encouraging their friends who stay doing dumb sh!t.

      Next.

      • Scorpiogoddess??

        Just UTTER NONSENSE I tell you my dear!

      • Brother Mouzone

        So…it’s the Molly Carter of blogs?

    • cyanic

      You’re a TASHA!

      • MsSula

        #TeamTasha FTW! This backstroke was life giving. Loll.

      • Scorpiogoddess??

        Lmao!

        • cyanic

          You’re constantly giving random men confidence.

          • Scorpiogoddess??

            Bye.

            • cyanic

              You know you have a kind word for strangers along with a smile and giggle.

              • Scorpiogoddess??

                Goodnight.

                • cyanic

                  See you’re being nice in your dismissals. Constant flirt. That Tasha spirit is strong within you.

    • So Issa’s not allowed to NOT have her shxt together, while Lawrence’s four years of fuqboying is completely understandable?

      • Scorpiogoddess??

        Re-read my statement. She could have walked away. Or stayed and dealt head on collision with their sheet her sheet, his sheet all the sheets combined. And what she did was fucgirlish.

        • Right, the author points that out, along with the reasons why it wasn’t so easy for her to just walk away. Issa’s flawed — she’s a trash communicator and scared of being by herself. Is that not just as, if not more, understandable than a grown man throwing a 4 year long pity party for himself?

          • Scorpiogoddess??

            Excuse me. So because she cannot communicate we should then be able to justify her ain’t shidness in doing Lawrence diiiiiirty?

            • If Lawrence’s inability to man up… again…for f o u r years .. can be justified, then yes.

              • RewindingtonMaximus

                Nobody is justifying his actions.

                The men the author is speaking of are hypocrites. They’d never see themselves as Lawrence if the relationship was good, they only saw themselves as Lawrence because Lawrence got slander on his name, and those fake dudes HATE that.

                In truth, those dudes have been Issa all day, every day, but too stupid to know it.

                • This! Essentially I agree with everything you’re saying. I’m just tired of seeing so many give Lawrence the pass they’re not willing to give Issa — holding Issa more at fault and claiming Lawrence’s POV is more forgivable. They are equally at fault.

                  • RewindingtonMaximus

                    But you know WHY they aren’t giving it a pass. You can tell what kinds of people are speaking based on how they’re wording their opinions about the whole scenario.

                    Hence why I know most of the stuff I’ve read were from straight hypocrites.

            • She could of changed that Facebook status to it’s complicated and left a note. Lol

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            Nah.

            Not when you say things like “Issa needed to cheat”.

            We been doing this for 4 days straight so it’s pretty simple. Neither side was on their A-game.

            But if the center of all of this is how Issa felt about her life & her relationship, then the truth is she could have just pulled the plug whenever. And she did, in the first episode, then back peddled because SHE HATED feeling awkward, uncomfortable, and unsure about what was going to happen next.

            We already said from the get go Lawrence was wrong for taking advantage of his relationship & leaning on his girl so heavy. But she also gave him another chance, WHICH SHE DID NOT HAVE TO DO.

            So it’s not exactly equal anymore because once she said ok and came back home, she was in agreement to move forward, AND SHE DID, but in another direction for herself, not for her relationship, then back peddled to cover her tracks because her man was finally where she needed him to be.

            Those kinds of actions aren’t just a betrayal because of cheating, it was a betrayal because she did not have to go back home, but she didn’t know what to do and created a false sense of hope. So I’m just saying…why would that kind of hurt not be brutal?

          • MsSula

            And then we say that our men are too machos… and do not share enough emotions.

            A pity party for himself? Dude took a huge chance to try and do something big he believed in. It is either taking more time than planned or he is struggling to execute on it (with a girlfriend like Issa, I wonder why!!! *sarcasm*)… Don’t you think he has the right to be down? If 4 years is too much, is this someone you want to spend a lifetime with? What is the “approved” longer of time for trying something, failing and getting back??

            • Digital_Underground

              Stop making so much sense!

            • Having done the same (took a big chance, trying to make the dream work, struggling to execute, still figuring it all out) I can completely understand. But what I can’t fathom is deferring responsibilities, having my S/O involuntarily taking care of me, and contributing very little to a relationship for such an extended period of time. I could be wallowing in the fact that I had to come home from living on the other side of the world in paradise building my business. I could be letting my parents or former s/o fund my life while I do so. Nah, I’m an adult. An educated adult who knows that life doesn’t wait for you to have your shxt together. Lawrence should have been woke up.

              • RewindingtonMaximus

                Get your point but sincen Lawrence is a fictional character, all we got is what we were given. Anything else is us deflecting onto him. So whatever his reason for not having his life together, it actually just doesn’t matter.

                What matters is what happened afterwards. Issa broke up. He chased her down, and she told him how she really felt. And then he got back on his grind. It was not perfect but he wanted to be the man she needed him to be.

                So all of this extra stuff…like that’s your personal opinion and that’s fine. And no, you shouldn’t accept this behavior from someone in your life. But if Issa let him spend those 4 years on the couch, then what matters is what they decided to do when the issue was confronted, nothing before hand.

                • Personal opinion, true true. I get that we’re dealing with this isolated series of events. Still, I think we have to account for the fact that damage had been done. I can’t agree that Issa is more at fault, when clear significant mistakes (with somewhat reasonable justifications IMO) have been made on both sides.

                  • RewindingtonMaximus

                    Yes pure significant mistakes were but let me just pose to you this idea.

                    It’s not the fact that Issa cheated that hurt Lawrence the most. It’s what Lawrence said before he left “sh*t Issa I thought we were in this together!”

                    For all the botched time on Lawrence’s part, once Issa came back and told him how she felt, he did not want to lose her again. So he got things together. She did not have to come back. She did not have to go along with things anymore. But she did, and then she still entertained Daniel while Lawrence was getting back on track. Then she cheated, and Lawrence finally got where Issa wanted him to be, so she kept her mouth shut. Tried to deny what happened, and didn’t think it would come back for her. But not only did it, it happened because she was sloppy (the missed calls on the phone, then Daniel showing up..she could have avoided that if she stopped avoiding Daniel and handled business). So unfortunately Issa left a trail that Lawrence picked up on and BOOM!…fears confirmed.

                    That’s why he was hurt. The cheating was one thing but the blow to the whole relationship was how Issa handled everything. She gave Lawrence hope then took it away in one fell swoop.

                    So these men we spoke of celebrating…they don’t even see that part.

                    • Hugh Akston

                      Preach brother preach

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      Just had to point out the facts.

              • Scorpiogoddess??

                I agree with you totally on Lawrence.

              • MsSula

                VSB needs to free my comment!!!!

      • MsSula

        Oh she is allowed. She is allowed. But you DO NOT justify your trifling behavior by showing how the other one behaved.

        You own up to your shat!!! And you learn and you grow and you move on.

        You do not try to justify it by using all kinds of miserable (and lazy if we are being honest) excuses.

    • Wise Old Owl

      Brother is tall, attractive, intelligent, Georgetown degree, drives a classic jag, stroke game on fleek, supportive, cooked and was loyal, yet he still is not considered a “Good Guy,” because he wasn’t blowing Issa’s back out on a nightly basis like he did Tasha….at least he was cashing unemployment checks, which means he was recently employed, because unemployment benefits do not last 4 years…

      • MsSula

        Thank you.

        • Wise Old Owl

          Your are welcome, but they don’t want to hear the truth. Half the Sisters on Black Twitter believe that he cheated on Issa…

    • IJS

      But… if he were business driven, wouldn’t he have some, umm, business?

      • MsSula

        It might take more than 4 years to get a business up and running. Ask how I know.

        • Kas

          How do you know? :)

          • MsSula

            I am an adult I guess? LMAO.

            • Hugh Akston

              Really doh? Smh

              • MsSula

                Huh?

                • Hugh Akston

                  Lol just thought you were going to drop something on start ups in tech etc but nvm lol

                  • MsSula

                    LMAO. Sorry but yeah… Startup Life is not easy. The husband is full throttle in it. I am doing the 9to5 and trying it at the same time. Somedays I just want to go far, far, away…

                    • Hugh Akston

                      lol it’s a lonely place but yeah I hear you

        • Kwazi Style

          But did you sit on your couch in your panties for 4 years while you figured it out?

          • MsSula

            Sometimes yes. Because it’s part of the cycle of trying something and failing… we get depressed about it.

            And if all the support we can get is the type Issa was dishing out… yeah, good luck with that.

        • Digital_Underground

          There you again making sense. People act like the world is linear. Do X, and Y automatically happens. And if Y doesn’t happen its because your ish is not together.

          I so wish real life worked that way.

        • Epsilonicus
        • NonyaB?

          I just want to say: When you make it big, I go dey tell everybody “I don know her since way back when o”! ?

          • MsSula

            Girrrrrrl! Let me get there first sef. I am seriously on the brink of saying “Eff this sh!t” I am out. But God dey.

            • NonyaB?

              Don’t say eff it, just take a break. The crazy thing about this startup life is how the breaks come at the most unexpected times in the most unexpected places. If I had a penny for all the big successes who confessed (especially in one-on-one convos) how shxt was hanging by a thread until it wasn’t, I’d be rich.

      • Scorpiogoddess??

        Yes.

        Lawrence is not at all innocent in the demise of this relationship. He carries his fair share in the blame. But what I do not want to hear is Issa’s justification in cheating through rambling essays.

        • IJS

          I was not justifying her cheating, which by the way I think was dead wrong. Should have just left, especially since Lawrence’s lack of drive was clearly impacting their relationship. They both are guilty in the demise of their relationship. Even if he was depressed, at some point, you still gotta take of business; find a sliding scale therapist, get a job at Best Buy, something.

          • Scorpiogoddess??

            Totally, totally agree with you.

    • I really don’t see this catch angle. They’re both regular af.

      Because he was gainfully employed and a nice looking black man who only seemed to want to do better once his woman made him aware he was losing her, he’s a catch?

      • Scorpiogoddess??

        Catch to me is not just defined in terms of financial success.

        • Neither is it to me. He still wasn’t a catch.

          • Scorpiogoddess??

            I like regulah. We will disagree on this one.

            • I like regular too! My man is regular – but that’s why we work, because so am I.

              I feel like black men especially are given the “good” label simply for doing basic stuff like having a job and no kids (he knows about). OK – WHAT ELSE?
              I will say that his getting the video taken down was huge and showed that he was committed seriously to making her happy – at that point – but I’m still waiting for someone to show me this list of things that makes him such a wonderful catch, but I just keep getting “he was working on himself,” “he got her a Drake card,” “he can build apps”

              ighttttttt

      • Digital_Underground

        In the grand scheme of things they are anything but regular. We should stop looking at highly educated, upper middle class Blacks as being “regular” folks. If he was an MTA bus driver and she was a social worker then they would be regular. If both of them had kids from a previous relationship that would be regular.

        I bring that up because some of the impulses highly educated people use to dictate their relationship choices are peak first world problems. This entire conversation is one for a very small subset of the Black populace. It is not as significant as many want to think it is.

        • How are they upper middle class when they’ve been renting a one-bedroom apartment for five years, with four of those being sustained partially by unemployment? My “regular” wasn’t in respects to their finances, but on their overall presentation. They both have jobs, not careers. Neither of them is particularly ambitious or has very strong self-esteem, otherwise they’d have left each other a long time ago rather than staying on that sinking ship for comfort’s sake.

          Issa has shown herself to be a selfish, poor communicator who wants to make mistakes and then pull her hands back from the fire, while Lawrence has good intentions, but lacks the drive and focus to carry those through on his own. They’re flawed perfectly, which is why they’re so relatable, but again, they REGULAR af.

          • Kas

            No lies told

  • Kas

    And let the War to end all wars begin. The only rule is there are no rules.

  • MsSula

    I admit I couldn’t finish reading. But my whole take on what I believe the author is saying? Nope. All of the nopes.

    • Scorpiogoddess??

      Thank you! All of the noppity nopes to the high heavens. Issa PHAKKED up, NOT Lawrence.

      • MsSula

        Exactly!! Our arguments would be much more valid going forward if we could just say: Yup, that was effed all the way up, our bad. And move on. Instead of all these acrobatics, calisthenics justifications I have seen women bloggers do. *smh*

        • Scorpiogoddess??

          And if it was Lawrence who cheated my God, the end of the world,

          • MsSula

            Right???

            We (humans of the ovarian persuasion – shoutout to Brooklyn-Bruin) outchea losing all kinds of credibility in these e-streets.

            • Scorpiogoddess??

              Giiiiiiiiiiirl.

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Girl…I love you.

    • Ma’am

      so you have an opinion on a piece that you admit you didn’t completely read? ok girl.

      • MsSula

        The first half I read was enough.

        And I actually went back and finished reading. Verdict: STILL NOPE.

  • NonyaB?

    Weather advisory: Tsunami warning hurricane #LawrenceHive still in effect. Batten down all hatches, avoid streets.

    Mwahaha! Bené girl, you alright. Luckily, this non-show watcher upgraded her canoe (had to commute by boat yesterday due to streets being flooded from leaking emotions) to a powerboat. So, I’m zoom on while looking out for the inevitable tsunami of VSB tears. Shoutout to the VSS’ who will attempt to swim upstream against the tide – hop on the boat if y’all need a ride though; headed to the westside.

    • MsSula

      In this case, the tears are justified and even warranted.

      Bene, right? Please, let it go. We all need to collectively do better than provide these weak-ass excuses for Issa’s behavior.

      • NonyaB?

        I read it as a critique of the role’s message vs critique of individuals. She also did say Issa wasn’t off the hook though. Her “team #everybodyistrash” take made me cackle.

        • MsSula

          She is not saying it loud enough.

          She is trying to justify WHY Issa cheated. That’s a nope.

          And there is a lot of false equivalencies in the write up. Lawrence wasn’t building up Issa? WHAT? Did we watch the same show? What does building up look like? That negro removed a whole video from the ENTIRE Internet. B, you better friggin’ be appreciative of that ninja Houdini’s skills!

          I recommend listening to Insecuritea, the Fran and Crissle podcast companion of the show. Them girls get it (although I have yet to listen to their take on #LawrenceGate)

          • NonyaB?

            *Slides you a bottle of Remy to mellow you out* ?

            • Janelle Doe

              :-)
              Can I have one too just coz?

              Relatedly: Wow and to think a few weeks ago people were discussing whether or not they would even watch the show… Things change really fast in VSB world. Blink and you miss it. Or were there closet watchers all along.

              • NonyaB?

                Sure can! *Slides you a bottle* Seriously tho’, just as I thought the war of the roses had simmered down with fresh, non-related posts yesterday, I check in today and boom; fires still raging.

          • SororSalsa

            Love the Insecuritea podcast! Fran & Crissle did a great job on the finale and give their predictions for Season 2.

    • RagesAgainstMachines

      Nah, it looks like many of the VSS’s are mad at her too, lol.

      • Scorpiogoddess??

        Yes.

      • NonyaB?

        I seent that too!

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