First Lady Melania Trump called Issa Rae’s bluff after the actress threatened to cancel the HBO show Insecure if she found out Melania watched the show.
Rae, who both writes and stars in the HBO comedy Insecure, spoke to Glamour about canceling the show and her reaction when she found out that former First Lady Michelle Obama watches the show:
“She had just finished the watching the finale and she was like, ‘That fakeout—how could you do that? I thought you and Lawrence were going to live happily ever after.’ I was like, ‘You really watch it?’ She was like, ‘Yes. Sasha and Malia put me on to it.”
“It was like talking to my auntie. It bums me out that I will never have that feeling again of the First Family f****** with us so hard and getting us. If Melania [Trump] said that to me, I would be like, ‘Well, I guess it’s canceled. We’re not making this show. It’s not ours anymore.’”
Melania Trump responded through her White House Director of Communications Stephanie Grisham. Grisham Tweeted, “Alert: FYI Issa Rae, First Lady Melania Trump likes your show!”
— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) September 5, 2018
Rae responded in kind referencing a conspiracy theory that the First Lady has a body double.
Melania or the double? https://t.co/x2KE3RmjDt
— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) September 5, 2018
And if you thought Rae was being serious about canceling her show if she found out that Melania enjoyed it, you would be dead wrong. Rae also Tweeted out that Insecure has been renewed for a fourth season.
— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) September 6, 2018
Insecure follows Rae’s character Issa Dee as she navigates the “tricky professional and personal terrain of Los Angeles along with her best friend Molly” played by Yvonne Orji. The series was nominated for two Emmys in 2018 including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series.
Rae wasn’t the only one to respond to Grisham’s Tweet. A number of people didn’t believe that Melania actually watches the HBO comedy.
Please produce the quote from Melania not her press secretary saying she liked the show before now. Issa was asked about fans. She made a joke involving Melania and her press secretary responded in this tweet said Melania liked the show. Don’t make things up.
— Carolyn Denise Gayle (@cdenisegayle) September 5, 2018
You know she can’t understand a word on the show, have a seat.
— no thank you (@classicEB) September 5, 2018
Really? Who’s her favorite character? Which plot lines have resonated with her? We would LOVE to hear more.
— Rachel Kasten (@RachelKasten) September 5, 2018
Lady please. The whole administration has too much time on their hands. What character does she play? (Easy one)What’s the name of her last long term boyfriend? What time and day does the show come on? Several seats WEIRDO!
— Mac n Cheese (@MsBlaineT) September 5, 2018
Lol. No she doesn’t. We know she doesn’t watch.
— TB or Not TB (@TB_or_NotTB) September 5, 2018
What do you make of this whole situation?