Orange Is the New Black star Danielle Brooks just revealed how she is constantly the victim of casual racism couched in a smile.
Brooks, who plays fan fave Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson on the hit show, just revealed how airline gate agents insult her on the regular under the guise of making cute conversation — and it's pretty shocking, when you think about it.
I hate when gate agents look at me like I've never flown first class and say "You're in first class, lucky you!" really tho— Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) June 30, 2016
Now, I am an average white woman with a net worth probably far below that of a successful actress on a TV show, and I have never once received such a comment from an airline employee while flying first class, even when my ticket was a matter of luck due to frequent flyer upgrades. So what's the diff? Brooks is not an average white woman. And Twitter picked up on what Brooks was throwing down immediately.
@thedanieb .......the ignorance is real— Lamar Richardson (@Lamar_Alphonso) June 30, 2016
@thedanieb ew casual racism??? Go off girl— nina misses halsey (@ninability) June 30, 2016
@thedanieb The expectation that black women are broke is pervasive. I have perfected the dead eyed "You're not worth my time" face.— TheNewBlaque (@plumpdn) June 30, 2016
@thedanieb I'm really annoyed that they don't recognize you. But more annoyed that they don't think a young black woman can afford it.— Literary Litchfield (@LiteraryLitch) June 30, 2016
@thedanieb *Looking around exaggeratedly* "Oh, did I miss where you said that to *every* 1st class passenger?"— Dani B. (@Daniblu68) June 30, 2016
The Tony-nominated actress was flying to Los Angeles for an appearance on the late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live today. In addition to her role on Orange Is the New Black, she is also playing Sofia in The Color Purple on Broadway.
Season 4 of Orange Is the New Black premiered June 17.
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