Wig-wearing comedians come under fire

January 15, 2018
T'wani Prince
Prince Marni dons his wig to play the character Suzan.
Prince Marni

Wig-wearing social media comedians have lashed back at inspirational Christian speaker Dana Chanel.

Chanel, in an Instagram post earlier this week, called out several comedians, including the likes of Jamaican Prince Marni, for what she described as their "degrading representation of the power of a black man's talent".

In her lengthy post, Chanel acknowledged that she would receive a flaking for her decision to speak on the matter, but expressed that she found it disheartening that black men in today's society would buy into something that does nothing but "destroy the black man's image".

She pointed out that with their talent, these social-media actors can become the next Denzel Washington and take their careers beyond social media.

Though she may have had good intentions, many found her post judgemental, including Prince Marni, who plays 'Suzan' in his skits, and Jai Frass, who plays 'Mumzel' in his routines.

The comedians fired back at Chanel, labelling her a "so-called Christian", among other things. In their retort, these comedians pointed out that what they do is for fun and entertainment and should not be taken seriously.

Fans also did not hold anything back, as they pointed out that these social-media sensations are just as good as comedians as any other in Hollywood. They also said that if entertainers such as Tyler Perry do not get judged for dressing up in women's garments and acting 'ghetto', then they shouldn't be either.

In an interview with THE STAR, comedian T'Wani Price, who embodies 'Tweisha' in his skits, said he believes the call-out by Chanel and other persons in recent times is uncalled for.




Price said that he believes in the saying 'to each his own'. He added that if the skits done by these comedians are considered unpleasant to some, the problem can be solved by simply unfollowing them on social media.

"I understand how what some of what Prince Marni and the others do might be distasteful to some, but if you don't like it, you don't have to follow them," he said.

"I wear things in the household like clothespin for nails and tissue for hair, etc, but if others want to wear wigs and female clothes that shouldn't be a problem to other people. At the end of the day, that's their way of making money, and they have thousands of

followers and dem getting booked for events, so it's working for them."

T'Wani Price pointed out that he doesn't wear wigs in his skits, but said that if he did, that would be his prerogative and no one else's.

"I enjoy doing what I do, and if you don't, just move on with your life. As for the whole Dana Chanel issue, she could have expressed herself without singling out persons and putting their faces out there. That was wrong. She could have made her comments generally and leave it at that, but she post di faces of the comedians like she a try mess up di people dem food. That's their way of making money, and dem nah go stop fi she or anything else," he said.

This is not the first time wig-wearing comedians have been chastised for dressing and acting like women in their skits. Last year, several local comedians were called upon to comment on the issue. In their defence, they pointed out that what they do is acting and should not be taken out of context to mean anything more.

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