Tiffany Haddish has suffered her share of sexual harassment as a woman in comedy —and it has not be easy.
The Girls Trip star shared her personal experiences navigating predatory men in her new book “The Last Black Unicorn.” She wrote about various comedy club promoters and comedians that tried to take advantage of her as she built her career.
“It seemed like everybody wanted to get in my panties,” she told People. “It was constant defending and battling. These men will try you every single time.”
But Haddish always had an answer for them: “Hell no!”
“I can’t tell you how many promoters tried to tell me that to get on stage, I had to get on my back,” she wrote of those early days navigating the Los Angeles comedy scene.
“It’s like hazing [for female comics],” she told People. “Once they figure out you’re strong and you don’t roll like that, then they start treating you like a colleague.”
So her advice to young female comics? “… ‘Girl, don’t let him pull your ho card’,” she wrote in her book. “‘You’ll get more if you keep your legs closed, trust me.’”