'Insecure' season 3 update: Fans issue paid petition to get Jay Ellis back on the show
HBO's 'Insecure' comes back with its third installment on August 12, and as of now, fans are pretty frustrated because Jay Ellis won't be making a comeback.
HBO's 'Insecure' has been garnering rave reviews from fans and critics alike, ever since it hit the screens. And now with its third season about to premiere in a few days, fans of the show have taken things higher by a notch or two by indulging in the most fanlike thing ever. After it was announced that Jay Ellis wouldn't be reprising his role as Lawrence Hives on season three of the show, fans have created a paid petition to bring back the character that created quite an impact over seasons one and two. Other than asking showrunners to bring Lawrence back, the petition also requests HBO to consider giving him his own spin-off.
“Over the past two seasons, Jay Ellis has portrayed the conflicted and realistic ways Lawrence has dealt with difficult and rarely explored issues for men such as infidelity, male friendship, depression, and toxic masculinity," reads the petition.
“We want Lawrence back on Insecure — but if he can’t come back then HBO should give him HIS OWN SHOW! Sign the petition to make sure HBO hears from every Insecure and Jay Ellis fan right now.”
Wow. A sponsored post, though? Like... money was spent? https://t.co/XtcRhunOvu— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) July 30, 2018
So far, over 10,000 people have signed the petition, something that resulted in show creator Issa Rae even retweeting it after she came across the petition on her Twitter feed. Sadly, the season has already been filmed and there's been official confirmation from Rae that her on-screen ex is not making a comeback this time around
Speaking of Rae - she herself has created quite the storm by her portrayal of the Black community and support for Black designers. She herself admitted her interest in taking things ahead by breaking archetypical representations of dark-skinned women on TV and film, in an interview with Teen Vogue.
“Dark-skinned women still portray a certain archetype and I want to change that,” she shared during the Insecure Fest at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, on July 22. “They’re either super strong, emotionless, robotic — or hyper-sexual, and you don’t get the in-between very much.”
Both Rae and Yvonne Orji - the face of Issa's best friend, Molly - are of African descent. And true to her words, Rae has woven characters equally complex and layered for both. “I want the portrayal of dark-skinned women to evolve in such a way that you see us as multi-faceted,” Orji says. “We are more than just the sassy friend or the maid. We’re so dynamic. We can be the leads.”
Natasha Rothwell, aka the face of Kelli, also shared her insights on Rae's unique representation of black women. “My character brings a lot of the comedy to the show, but she’s not a caricature,” she said. “She’s grounded, she’s thoughtful, she has feelings and emotions that she wants to express in supporting her friends. And you’ll see more of that this season.”
Insecure season 3 hits HBO on Aug. 12 at 10:30 pm ET.