Comedian D.L. Hughley has never been one to bite his tongue, and now he's sharing his controversial opinion with his radio talk show audience regarding allegations that Columbus Short physically abused his wife Tuere (aka Tanee) McCall-Short, causing the young actor to lose his job on ABC's megahit, Scandal. Hughley, quite frankly doesn't buy the wife's allegations, saying that since the two were already going through divorce proceedings, she's just throwing dirt on his name to ruin his reputation.
"The star of one of the hottest dramas in the country, chokes the f*ck out of his wife? That doesn't ever happen," opined the comedian. "I don't think it happened first off. Like the time Warren Sapp was getting ready to do the Super Bowl and some broad said that he raped her. There are just as many examples of women lying on men in the middle of divorce proceedings to get what they want, as there are men who actually do anything. My point is if he did what she's alleging he did, she could still get all that she's going to have and not bring it up now, when it damages his market value that she's going to be impacted by. If he loses that job nobody's living in Calabasas anymore."
Hughley went on to say, "I guarantee you, three years from now she's going to be thinking, 'Damn, I should have shut the f*ck up.' Women always running out the mouth when they shouldn't."
Hughley's co-host Jasmine Sanders argued that Mrs. Short didn't run to the media with the story, she simply filed a police report and restraining order and TMZ broke the story. Hughley, after playfully calling his co-host a "dizzy b*tch," dismissed the excuse, saying if TMZ didn't leak it, she would have sold it to them anyway.
A Change.org petition by writer Kirsten West Savali has already accumulated 500 signatures demanding Hughley apologize for his statements:
"We must hold D.L. Hughley and Reach Media's Black America Web — which through the headline, 'Why Columbus Short's Wife Should Keep Her Mouth Shut,' lends credence to Hughley's malicious and dangerous remarks — to a much higher standard. One that doesn't mock the pain of Black women, assumes that we are liars or further endangers us by creating an environment in which our lived experiences with domestic violence are ignored and ridiculed while our dead bodies pile up in cemeteries across the nation.
We are demanding that D.L. Hughley publicly apologize for endangering the lives of Black women who may be victims of domestic violence by encouraging victims to remain silent for monetary gain. If such actions are not taken, we will call on "The D.L. Hughley Show" sponsors to no longer financially support the dehumanization of Black women and the dismissal of domestic violence, one of the most important issues in the Black community."
Where do you stand?