Marlon Wayans is sticking by White Chicks.
In a new interview with Buzzfeed, Wayans answered a question about White Chicks, the early ’00s film he starred in with his brother Shawn Wayans and directed by their oldest brother Keenan Ivory Wayans. In particular, he was asked if he would consider White Chicks cancellable in this day and age.
He said that he's not regarding the people online who talk about cancel culture with regards to comedy.
“I think they’re [comedy films] are needed. I don’t know what planet we’re on, where you think people don’t need laughter, and that people need to be censored and cancelled. If a joke is gonna get me cancelled, thank you for doing me that favor,” he said. “It’s sad that society is in this place where we can’t laugh anymore. I ain’t listening to this damn generation.”
In the film, the Wayans brothers portray two FBI agents who don whiteface and drag to go undercover to pretend to be to twin female socialites.
Some feel like the film is a classic and still post clips of the film online, but others feel like the film is now uncouth in today’s more sensitive times. Wayans said in response to those who might feel a certain way about the film now, “I ain’t listening to these folks.”
"These scared-a-- people, these scared executives. Y'all do what you want to do? Great. I'm still gonna tell my jokes the way I tell them," he continued.
“And if you want to make some money, jump on board. And if not, then I’ll find a way to do it myself. I know my audience. My audience comes to my shows every weekend and they leave feeling great and laughing. One thing about the Wayans, we’ve always told the worst joke in the best way.”
The last statement could be read by some as proving people's point about 'White Chicks,' but regardless, you can expect more of Wayans' style of humor down the road.
But even though Wayans is still supportive of his movie, he still admitted in a prior interview that playing the characters were hard.
Wayans told GQ Magazine recently that getting into makeup took seven hours, and then they would “work for 14 hours after that.” He also said it would take an hour to take the makeup off.
"Shawn and I would get two hours of sleep for like 65 days, or 60 days, and we still managed to hang out with our cast, and we still managed to write a series of books, and write Thugaboo, which was an animated series. That was hard and almost killed us."
“…Anything where I didn’t have to get into that White Chicks makeup was a great scene,” he continued.
You can currently see Wayans play a father running from haunted Halloween decorations in the Netflix family comedy film, The Curse of Bridge Hollow, streaming now.