In the latest issue of Vibe magazine, Chris Rock talks about Black actors dressing up in drag for comedic relief. Eddie Murphy has done it, Wesley Snipes did it and Tyler Perry is notorious for it with his character Madea. But do we want to see more Black actors putting on a dress in order to make us laugh? Here is what Chris Rock had to say about the topic:

“I mean, hey, lots of comedians dress up like women, not just Black. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book. Men in drag…There was Mrs. Doubtfire. [Adam] Sandler’s next movies is Jack and Jill. He plays his brother and sister. [The Black community] doesn’t have that many movies, so if there’s only four Black movies in a year and two of them star Black men in dresses, I could see how that would upset some people. But that’s a job for some people. Tyler Perry is great in a dress, but I don’t want to see Denzel or Will Smith in a dress. And I don’t think we’re in any danger of seeing that.”

Interesting. So do you think more Black actors should take roles where they have to portray the opposite sex or is it more humilitating than funny? Talk about it!


  1. Paul

    Men dressing in drag is disgusting. Especially strong black men.

  2. No, no more men in dresses.. for at least a couple yrs. I have some stand up material for Mr. Rock that would tie in with this really well… about black men coming out in sports.material for myself but, would come off of for mr.rock. could put in about 5 to 10 min. Of material for stand up.if any1 from his team is interested, contact at return adress. Probly sounds crazy, but telln u its to funny to not get out b4 others stumble across it.

  3. Barton Porter

    No man should ever wear a dress for no reason!

  4. Dexter

    Redo your research. Will Smith has dressed in drag and Denzel was recognized ( Oscar) only after he played an evil character despite all of the positive roles he played. However I’m a huge fan of the actors on this list, but that doesn’t negate the facts.

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