Amanda Seales after Insecure backlash: I am not an AKA soror

The first episode of the final season of Insecure aired on Sunday. Fans are re preparing to say goodbye to their favorite characters. Tiffany, played by Amanda Seales, is hilarious. Tiffany, and by extension Amanda, have become somewhat controversial because of the character’s association with the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. Tiffany is a die hard AKA in the show. Some AKA members have gotten their panties in a bunch because in Sunday’s episode Tiffany works a Gucci ensemble in the traditional AKA colors of pink and green. Said pearl clutchers accused Amanda and HBO of an AKA trademark violation. Several sorors came to Amanda’s defense on Twitter. Amanda posted a video to her Instagram stories stating that she is not an AKA and is only playing a character. Below is what Amanda had to say via Yahoo!:

“I don’t know why people keep asking me if I’m a soror,” the actress said on her Instagram Stories on Oct. 25. “I am not a soror, Tiffany is a soror. Tiffany is a character on a TV show. I didn’t write the character, I play the character. I’m not a soror, I’m an actress and I’m playing a character on a TV show.”

“I think reality TV has really got folks f-cked up — it’s like [they think] it’s all the same,” the actress said, shaking her head. “I’m just playing a character, that’s it.”

“Y’all know that tho… but some of y’all don’t,” she highlighted. “I feel like some folks really forget it’s a TV show.”

“I am not a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. My school SUNY Purchase didn’t even have a chapter. By the time I went to grad school I was too involved in the “Mi Phi Mi” of it all… I would be honored to be a part of the Alpha Kappa Alpha but I simply am not.”

“When I play Tiffany I do wear the [pink and green] colors with pride and honor and respect for those who’ve crossed the burning sands.”

[From Yahoo!]

Listen, I have my beef with Amanda but this really isn’t one of them. I am sure what people were upset about in this instance, but then again I never pledged. I know AKAs and they understand that people play roles that represent their sororities and fraternities. When I saw the picture of Amanda’s outfit as Tiffany, my first thought was, that is an unfortunate outfit and my second thought was, ooh AKA colors. But I did not feel a way about it because I knew Amanda’s character, Tiffany, was a proud AKA. Being a soror is part of her persona.

This smack down is asinine and I agree with soror Yvette Nicole Brown (tweet below) when she said the representation was respectful. I would have preferred these folks coming for Amanda to say that they don’t want to see her representing AKA on TV. The fact people are claiming that Insecure, Issa and Amanda were in violation of the AKA trademark is absolutely ridiculous too. Issa had to insert herself into the melee, which is even more infuriating. As a fan of Insecure, I just want to celebrate the end of these characters stories and Issa Rae’s accomplishment and not fight over stupid ish like this. I hope Amanda can spend these next few weeks celebrating the end of Tiffany’s journey and not fight with these Twitter trolls.

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A few tweets in her defense:

— king crissle (@crissles) October 25, 2021

I’m a Soror and I don’t see the problem. It’s a CHARACTER and she reps us well.

AND the fact that Tiffany and Molly are AKA’s (on the show!) has BEEN established. Why the outcry now?

I’m so confused.
I need more coffee.

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 25, 2021

— Limearita Papi (@kibirdie) October 25, 2021

— Fight The Power ✊🏿 (@LilMiss1ofakind) October 26, 2021

Photos via Instagram

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