Actress and comedian Amanda Seales decided to further explain why exactly she got curved from a Black Emmy party a couple of weeks back. But rather than getting much sympathy or empathy for her struggle, Twitter mostly decided to pile on and attack.
The good folk at Madamenoire broke down Seales’ side of story. If we’re going to keep it a buck, Seales was never even invited to the function, which she admitted on her podcast, Small Doses, while noting it was Issa Rae’s publicist who insisted she not get into the party.
In the episode, “Side Effects of Professionalism Part 1,” Amanda said she wanted to address the situation, which went viral, in order to “process the damage.” In doing so, she outed Issa’s publicist, Vanessa Anderson, as the woman who caused her so much drama two weeks ago.
Vanessa is the woman who started the Black Emmy party to celebrate Black Hollywood, and according to Amanda, “We are not friends.”
“She has never been nice to me ever,” she said. “She’s always had a curtness, and she’s always seemed to be bothered simply by my demeanor, my way of communicating with her, etc. At a certain point it became, ‘Well this is not someone I need to speak to because I don’t work for her, she doesn’t work for me. There’s no reason for us to interact for all intents and purposes. So we don’t.”
Seales then went on at length about how Anderson clearly isn’t a fan (she also got curved at last year’s party) and how Issa Rae basically said, “That’s between y’all.”
Nevertheless, Seales insisted that she be allowed to get into a party she wasn’t invited to and also was dismayed that her own Insecure cast members stood by and did nothing while she was getting booted from the festivities. Despite people telling her she shouldn’t be so bothered, Seales was adamant.
“This party was not at her house. This was not a personal event,” said Seales on her podcast. “This was not a birthday party…It was not a naming ceremony. This was a Hollywood party for Black entertainers and contributors to Hollywood. So by nature of that, I am a part of that industry and should be here celebrating with my community.”
Now when Twitter got word of the struggle, the slander elevated exponentially. Although she has plenty of supporters, there are a legion of folk who are not fans of Seales, and they all came out of the woodwork this weekend to say why.
Peep some of the reactions below. Is the criticism deserved or is Seales getting a raw deal?
Amanda Seales is still out here trying to make a social justice issue of her not being invited to that party? pic.twitter.com/ZKmSDJbxP4— masc potatoes (@CertifiedFool_) October 5, 2019
Black Twitter: “We can’t stand Amanda Seales. She gets on our nerves 😩”— she/her/yellowbone (@eleven8) October 5, 2019
Cast of Insecure:
I know y’all don’t get it but professionally @amandaseales is right. I throw events all the time; it doesn’t matter MY relationship with the public figure.— alexis robinson (@_alexismarie24) October 5, 2019
Black Emmys Party, she’s black and on an Emmy nominated show, she should be allow in. Bad move on the PR. https://t.co/Vfnkk8ubt5
4. Why are y’all like this?
Cast of Insecure realizing the commotion is Amanda Seales getting thrown out the after party. pic.twitter.com/yvZ7ddEzXx— Xavier Lamont (@XLComedy) October 5, 2019
Issa Rae watching Amanda Seales get kicked out of the Black Emmys party pic.twitter.com/jF19e9yM8y— branduhn (@Branduhn) October 5, 2019
The fact that Amanda Seales was the only one of the Insecure ladies to not appear in A Black Lady Sketch Show should've been a sign lol— If Beale Street Could Twerk (@camerouninema) October 5, 2019
8. No violence, please.
The doorman looking for Amanda Seales name not on the guest list pic.twitter.com/2TCvXJvG7d— jujoffer (@jujoffer) October 5, 2019
I keep picturing Amanda Seales getting thrown out of that party like this pic.twitter.com/SUyTankaTQ— Charles J. Moore (@charles270) October 5, 2019
“I’m on Insecure!! Do you not know who I am! I was a member of Floetry!!! I have an HBO special!!! You’ll hear from my lawyer. This is anti-black. Black famous people RSVPs matter”-Amanda Seales pic.twitter.com/U9YlBLfoUC— No Relation, Esq. (@TheCosby) October 5, 2019
Amanda Seales getting escorted out the Black Emmy Party she wasn’t invited too pic.twitter.com/EI4gJv4uxM— Houston Sports Fan on IR🇳🇬🇧🇯 (@mccauley713) October 5, 2019
Did Amanda Seales try showing the door lady her passport?— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) October 5, 2019
Vanessa watching Amanda Seales getting carried out the party: pic.twitter.com/5GxpllVjTD— Bald SoHard (@BaldNegro) October 5, 2019
The fact Issa allows her publicist to beef with Amanda Seales like that tells me all I need to know bout Amanda lol— Ikeyo 🇳🇬 (@Ikeyo_) October 5, 2019
I love Amanda Seales, I truly do, but you can’t let your sense of entitlement set you up for failure like this. If someone puts together an event & doesn’t want you there, it truly doesn’t matter who invites you, you shouldn’t go. Why would you want to play into this? They won.— Rest In Power Nipsey Hussle🏁#TheMarathonContinues (@BLACK_JEEZUZ) October 5, 2019
Amanda Seales: Did you have me escorted out??— ee-MAH-nee (@imanimlewis) October 5, 2019
Everyone's killing Amanda Seales but I dead ass respect the audacity of "Oh I know everyone in here hates me but these shots are free. And on them. Let me in"— America is musty 2021 (@DragonflyJonez) October 6, 2019
This nigga Dro is sick of Amanda Seales dawg. Time for Issa to write Tiffany off the show 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/haqnolRRNS— Wunderkind (@Carnage45__) October 5, 2019
Amanda Seales after reading how her character is written off the show... pic.twitter.com/qZl9mvKB0S— Author BiancaXaviera (@BiancaXaviera_) October 5, 2019
Amanda Seales isn't embarrassed to share that story and that's the real problem— ash (@amacattackkk) October 5, 2019
Black Hollywood watching Amanda Seales get escorted out of that Emmy Party for the 5th time pic.twitter.com/S1GXc4G689— adh'd lee (@_leahE) October 5, 2019
Black Hollywood when they seen Amanda Seales kicked out the party pic.twitter.com/zzXKKO6L6o— Houston Sports Fan on IR🇳🇬🇧🇯 (@mccauley713) October 5, 2019
this amanda seales situation is confusing bc it doesn’t matter who invited you to a party. if the person throwing it doesn’t want you there then don’t go. why would you even wanna be in a place where your presence isn’t wanted?— spooky black. (@Tuhnahkuh) October 5, 2019