Domestic violence should never be used as a punchline by anyone and it’s reprehensible that comedian D. L. Hughley mock ex-Scandal star Columbus Short’s estranged wife, Tuere McCall-Short, who has repeatedly said she fears for her life because of her husband’s violence towards here. He went nuclear on his radio show saying:
“The star of one of the hottest dramas in the country, chokes the f*ck out of his wife? That doesn’t ever happen. I don’t think it happened first off. Like the time Warren Sapp was getting ready to do the Super Bowl and some broad said that he raped her. There are just as many examples of women lying on men in the middle of divorce proceedings to get what they want, as there are men who actually do anything. My point is if he did what she’s alleging he did, she could still get all that she’s going to have and not bring it up now, when it damages his market value that she’s going to be impacted by. If he loses that job nobody’s living in Calabasas anymore.”
Hughley added, “I guarantee you, three years from now she’s going to be thinking, “Damn, I should have shut the f*ck up. Cuz women always running out the mouth when they shouldn’t.” When his co-host, Jasmine Sanders, tried to interject, he shot her down, chanting “dizzy ass broad” and “dizzy b*tch” in the background. Really? That’s comedy?
Sanders was trying to argue that McCall-Short didn’t run to the tabloid when the news broke about her marital woes, but she filed a police report and got a restraining order from the court. TMZ broke the story.
Hughley dismissed Sanders saying that if it hadn’t gone public, she would have sold it to the media. When she accused him of hating women, he said, “I don’t hate women. I hate dumb bitches. I hate women who act against their interests.”
I would urge everyone to sign the petition on Change.org asking for an apology from D. L. Hughley and hold Reach Media’s BlackAmericaWeb accountable for seemingly lending credence to the comedian’s despicable comments with an article entitled, “Why Columbus Short’s Wife Should Keep Her Mouth Shut.”
UPDATE: D.L. Hughley has issued an apology for his despicable mockery of domestic violence:
Last week during an after-show segment of my radio show, “The DL Hughley Show,” I unintentionally offended some people.
In regards to Columbus Short’s legal issues, I jumped to a conclusion and blamed Tanee McCall-Short; and I’m sorry. My intent was not to quiet victims.
When I did speak of the topic on air, I repeatedly emphasized then, and as I do now, that anyone who is convicted of domestic violence, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law; and that is what I believe.
Today, as always, the phone lines to The DL Hughley Show will be openB. We’ll address this topic with the DL Question of the Day and will discuss it throughout the show today from 3pm – 7pm ET.