Tiffany Haddish Opens Up About Being Raped At Age 17 By A Police Cadet

Comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish recently sat down with Philadelphia-based writer Niela Orr for a Glamour Magazine interview. Orr dubbed her "America's foul-mouthed sweetheart" following her role as Dina in Girls Trip. As colorful as her language can be, fans can't seem but to love Haddish. We've seen her playful, flirtatious persona in various interviews and TV appearances, but what we didn't know was that facade had always been a way for Haddish to fight off unwanted attention. She says, "I notice that men are afraid of women that are aggressive. So to  protect myself I become semi-aggressive...You hear about, 'Tiffany always hitting on somebody,' but that’s to keep them from hitting on me." She went on to reveal a police cadet raped her at age 17.

Via Glamour:

Haddish has had to develop these defense mechanisms the hard way. First, there was the life-altering episode  when, she says, a police cadet raped her at 17 years old. “That whole  experience put me in such a messed-up place for a long time, and I ended  up going to counseling,” she tells me, her voice breaking. She says she  reported the incident at the time but still grapples with what justice  would look like for her. “Me just yelling out people’s names with no  thought behind it is pointless. I need a plan,” she says. “I could be a  voice, but what’s a voice going to do—just keep talking? Or is there  action behind it?” Until she sorts that out, the armor is staying put.

On the subject of Tyler Perry and the criticism that his films perpetuate black stereotypes, Haddish defends, “I just think  that a person is ignorant when they say, ‘Oh, you’re being a  stereotypical black person.’ Well, what’s that? Explain that to me,  because that’s an actual person, and everybody deserves to see  themselves onscreen...I feel like all facets deserve to be  seen—from the doctors to the janitors to the baby mamas to the side  chicks...It’s funny because people are like, ‘Oh, Tiffany Haddish is  ratchet.’ No, I’m your typical chick from the hood. And as ratchet as I  might talk, or people might think I carry myself, I am making a living  portraying myself.”

Kudos to Tiffany for being her true self!


Photos: Glamour Magazine Cover


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