September 21, 2017 – 1:49 pm
Martina Big shocked Maury and his studio audience with updates on her new (purchased) state of “blackness.”
A few months ago at the top of the summer, Martina Big popped up on our radar for some pretty cringeworthy reasons. Big, a German white woman who now identifies as “black,” unveiled her final form after undergoing multiple body modification surgeries to change her race. Since shocking the interwebs with her new features—larger-than-life breast implants paired with plumped lips, cocoa skin and curly black weaves—she decided to pay a visit to The Maury Show to shed some light on her fetishy life decisions.
On Maury’s “Social Sit-Down” segment, the longtime talk show host confronted Big with no-frills questions about her problematic behavior. “Martina, do you think you’re a black person?” he asked. “Yes,” she replied quickly, “but 80 percent. I have to learn a lot. I know.” After he asked if she thinks she’s offensive to naturally born people of color, Big, who was clad in a gaudy “Black Girls Rock” chain, insisted she isn’t trying to troll people of color.
“No, I don’t want to attack them!” she said. “I know some feel attacked, but it’s not my intention to attack somebody, and it’s not media-attention stuff. I do it for myself.”
The studio audience, which was predominantly African-American and other people of color, could not hold back their bewilderment at the sight. Loud boos, cackling and “bruh!” facial expressions came in extra heavy, especially when she expounded, “I am black. That is my race. I can’t wait to go to Africa because I hear the food is tasty.”
OK, ma’am. Watch the foolery for yourself below.
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Our reproductive rights are being erased.
Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy.
JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back.
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— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 11, 2019
“Until women have legal control over our bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy,” the 46-year-old actress tweeted. “Join me by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back. I’m calling for a sex strike. Pass it on.”
The tweet quickly went viral, but many women weren’t interested in not having sex.
Girl. No. https://t.co/gRYgIazgHc
— Evette Dionne 🏁 (@freeblackgirl) May 11, 2019
— Mrs. Woolf … Neanderthal (@dellewoolf) May 12, 2019
Um…girl 👀🙅🏾♀️ https://t.co/GxxOjRpNY4
— Lady Olenna’s Charm School (@wickdchiq) May 11, 2019
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— Aminka Belvitt (@MsBelvitt) May 12, 2019
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— Rebecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) May 11, 2019
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What say you? Do you think in order to reverse the abortion laws across the country, should women withhold sex from their partners? Sound off in the comments below.
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thank you. thank you. thank you. pic.twitter.com/K1tetqG98Q
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A moment. This was us after filming the pilot episode of @STAR
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Actor Steve Harvey attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
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