Fresh off of the news that she has been nominated for a Golden Globe best actress award (congrats!) for her series, Insecure, actress Issa Rae discussed the nomination along with the show’s highly controversial final episode.
In episode eight, “Broken as Fuck,” supposedly good boyfriend Lawrence is shown in the final moments banging the bank teller, Tasha, who’d been crushing on him all season.
The moment caused a firestorm of tweets and memes with (entirely male) #TeamLawrence thoroughly delighted that the long-suffering (as if!) Lawrence had finally exacted his revenge on Issa the cheater.
#TeamIssa took some solace from a tweet by Rae (which she deleted but was preserved by a Charlamagne retweet) during the episode that read, “Lawrence proving he’s not a nice guy hurts me,” showing he was a good-for-nothing all along, and Issa while she might be hurt, ultimately had dodged a bullet.
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) November 28, 2016
Welp, Rae has officially walked back the sentiment, telling Vulture that the Tweet was a drunken error, though first she explained that Lawrence is no different than most guys when it comes to processing being cheated on by a woman. “A man doesn’t find out a woman is cheating on him and forgive her readily,” said Rae.
As for Lawrence linking with Tasha, it wasn’t even debated in the writers room. It was so non-controversial that they were surprised it caused an uproar. “The Tasha part, we never really batted an eye; Lawrence was definitely going to go fuck Tasha. That’s just what a bruised ego does. And she was ready and willing. We didn’t expect that to be such a huge, divisive part of the story,” explained Rae.
Rae also explained the tweet, and said, “I wrote it wrong! I was drunk. I meant to say, it makes me so sad to see Lawrence trying to prove he’s not a nice guy. And I think I wrote proving he’s not a nice guy. And I was like, ‘Oh, this is not…obviously, I know the way the story goes,’ so people were like, ‘Well, bitch, fuck you, because you made him not a nice guy.'”
It isn’t much a leap to conclude that all of this means we’ll be seeing a lot more of Issa and Lawrence working through their ish in season two. Until now, #teamissa, take some small comfort in knowing that LAWRENCE IS OH-SO-TYPICAL!