Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears’ attempt at making light of pedophilia backfires horribly.
Last night I caught a glimpse of the skit that Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears starred in. I could not watch the entire video because I was so disgusted seeing how they portrayed a young Black boy as a sexual object. I was not alone, as Haddish and Spears were trending on Twitter once the news broke. One does not need to be a lawyer or a police detective to conclude that these two adults were sexually grooming a minor for laughs.
I spent several months researching victims of child rapists while writing Jam Run. It was not easy, and one story that appeared on National Public Radio was so disturbing that I could not read the article in one sitting.
From the little that I watched of the skit, I could not help but imagine survivors of child rapists would’ve been psychologically affected had they watched that video. Child abuse victims are especially vulnerable and are often too scared to speak to an adult because they fear repercussions. Those who are courageous enough to speak to an adult often have their claims dismissed because the person whom they spoke to may either have a personal relationship with the accused or may stand to lose something if ever the accused was exposed.
Haddish, Spears, and everyone involved in creating that trash are very sick people to believe what they did was comedy. There isn’t ANYTHING funny about pedophilia, and everyone involved in making that skit ought to be punished to the full extent of the law.
Russell Brooks is the author of the upcoming murder mystery, Jam Run.