Tyler James Williams: Non-Black Writers, Stop Writing Black 'Slang' Dialogue
Photo Credit: HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Tyler James Williams attends the LA premiere of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures' "The Wedding Year" at ArcLight Hollywood on September 12, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Luna/FilmMagic)
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Tyler James Williams: Non-Black Writers, Stop Writing Black 'Slang' Dialogue

Are you tired of non-Black writers writing bad film or television dialogue for Black characters? So is Tyler James Williams.

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The actor tweeted about his frustration with writers, garnering over 7,000 retweets and over 37,000 likes.

In his tweet, Williams asked non-Black writers to “please stop writing Black ‘slang’ dialogue for your Black characters. It always sounds like it was written by a middle aged white dad. Always. Like never doesn’t sound like that. Sincerely, Black actors trying to make your shit sound natural.”

Many of the commenters on Twitter agreed, parodying the types of “slang” Black characters get saddled with in productions.

Hopefully, some writers heed the message and be more truthful with their writing.


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