Season two of Issa Rae’s Insecure came back with the vengeance and is quite literally the talk of Sunday nights. With Issa and Lawrence navigating through the single life, they’re obviously both having their fair share of rebound sex.
While Insecure fans are totally into the juiciness and drama of single Issa (who is awkward as hell, btw), one major critique of the show is the noticeable absence of condoms during sex scenes. In episode 3, titled “Hella Open,” Issa randomly hooks up with her downstairs neighbor Eddie. While their encounter delivered lots of laughs, viewers couldn’t help but peep that the two of them got down and dirty without either of them reaching for a condom. Prior to this, the season premiere ended with Lawrence dropping by the apartment and leaving with more than his mail. The problem? Based on the way the scene was edited, it appears no protection was involved here either. When it comes to social media…let’s just say the house is divided on just how big a role condom usage is present in all of this.
Aside from the various think pieces basically asking “where the condoms at?,” there were also some concerns from fans on Twitter claiming the Insecure creators should have made the presence of condoms more apparent.
Y'all love Insecure because of all the details it gets right in reflecting our lives but asking about condoms is a bridge too far? Come on.
— Jozen (say Joe-Zen) (@jozenc) August 14, 2017
I thought I'm the only one who watches insecure or most shows and think, 'don't you people use protection?' pic.twitter.com/if7TgqvS9h
— Travelling Foodie (@na_sio_lizz) August 10, 2017
— Fabulously_Frazzled (@FabFrazzledMom) August 14, 2017
Does anybody use protection in this show! They all gonna be in the clinic soon!!! #Insecure
— Rissa J (@Tjoi83) August 14, 2017
Others did not see the big deal:
"Insecure didn't show Issa paying her rent this month. How she still in her apartment?! That ain't realistic!"
That's how y'all sound.
— Slum Beautiful (@TheJazzyBelle) August 14, 2017
I understand viewers wanting to see condoms used on Insecure, but I also understand the writers thinking you should assume they're used
— Nakia (@ZoraToniMaya) August 10, 2017
Are y'all mad y'all seen condoms on Insecure? Like fr? pic.twitter.com/6r1XZAb7YR
— QueefKeef (@Keefosabe) August 14, 2017
Y'all worried about the missing condoms on Insecure more than the ones missing from your ow…nvrmind. ♂️
— MH (@SirMikeH) August 9, 2017
I’m tired of y’all complaining about the lack of condoms used in Insecure. Just imagine that piece of gold magnum wrapper on the floor.
— #ChadHive President (@DrTGIF) August 8, 2017
Well, obviously the complaints about the show’s take on safe sex became too loud to ignore, because Issa Rae herself set the record straight to confirm the show actually does imply condom use in sex scenes and thanks to all your feedback, condoms will get a bigger role in season 3.
— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) August 14, 2017
Although Issa was more receptive to the fans’ criticism of condom use, Insecure’s show runner Prentice Penny felt folks were being a too nitpicky about the issue, tweeting Insecure is “not a PSA, documentary, [or] non profit organization.”
We are not a PSA, documentary, non profit organization. I'm done discussing this.
— Prentice Penny (@The_A_Prentice) August 12, 2017
What’s your take on Insecure’s approach to safe sex?
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