Cancel culture. A term we’re all familiar with. But what does it mean for things that happened in the past? Take White Girls for example – a film produced by Marlon Wayans in 2004. Do you think he would have gotten away with making the same film in 2023? This is a valid question in a society that is seeking every reason to find something offensive to some minority or another.
This has led to Marlon Wayans rallying against “cancel culture“
Discussing the entire movement, Marlon made it clear that movies like “White Chicks” are needed more than ever, despite being at risk in a time where anything offensive is called out immediately. “They’re needed,” Wayans said. “I don’t know what planet we’re on, where you think people don’t need laughter, and that people need to be censored and canceled. If a joke is gonna get me canceled, thank you for doing me that favor. It’s sad that society is in this place where we can’t laugh anymore.”
The film stars two FBI agents who go undercover as white women to solve a kidnapping plot
Wayans continued, “I ain’t listening to this damn generation. I ain’t listening to these folks: These scared-ass people, these scared executives. Y’all do what you want to do? Great. I’m still gonna tell my jokes the way I tell them. And if you want to make some money, jump on board. And if not, then I’ll find a way to do it myself. I know my audience. My audience comes to my shows every weekend and they leave feeling great and laughing. One thing about the Wayans: we’ve always told the worst joke the best way.”
He further went on to say: “You know who loves ‘White Chicks’ the most? White chicks. That’s how you know it’s a good movie. A good joke in comedy is when the people you make fun of laugh the loudest. And what’s beautiful is that we’re equal-opportunity offenders. It was a great exploration of gender, of race, of pop culture, and done with kid gloves so everybody could laugh. And I think that’s what makes it a cult classic to this day.”
Marlon Wayans is currently promoting his newest production, the Netflix horror-comedy “The Curse of Bridge Hollow”
The White Chicks star is co-starring next to Stranger Things Pariah Ferguson. He told her to make sure to watch the FBI movie before filming started to familiarize her with the ideology and plot. He maintained that he’s not going to hold off on telling jokes the way he wants to. “I don’t know what planet we’re on, where you think people don’t need laughter, and that people need to be censored and canceled,” Wayans said. “If a joke is gonna get me canceled, thank you for doing me that favor.”
“I know my audience. My audience comes to my shows every weekend and they leave feeling great and laughing,” he said. “One thing about the Wayans, we’ve always told the worst joke the best way,” Marlon revealed on Instagram in 2021 that he and his brother conceptualized the movie White Chicks after looking at a magazine cover that showcased Paris and Nicky Hilton.
“Funny story one day my brother [Shawn] calls me at 3 a.m. saying ‘Marlon we should play white chicks.’ ” he recalled in a caption on Instagram. This was posted alongside a photo of him and Paris snapped at FOX’s Tubi & TikTok Live Long-Form Reunion event in Los Angeles on Wednesday. “[He] said we should play gurls like this,” Marlon, 48, remembered.
“I immediately got it. They were so big and were the gateway to pop culture send-up. We did that film in good spirits to celebrate a special time in all of our lives,” Marlon said. “So thank you Paris and Nicky for being muses. Love ya.” The actor added that “When we do #whitechicks2 ‘Let’s go shopping’ 🛍.”
- “Marlon Wayans Says Movies Like ‘White Chicks’ Are ‘Needed’ Today: ‘It’s Sad Society Is in a Place Where We Can‘t Laugh Anymore’.” Variety. Zach Sharf. October 24, 2022
- “Marlon Wayans Says Comedies Like ‘White Chicks’ Are ‘Needed’ in Today’s Cancel Culture Climate.” People. Staff. October 25, 2022