Issa Rae spoke about the Obamas being fans of her HBO television series Insecure, potentially tackling transgender issues, and when the show may end.
“I got to meet Michelle Obama and I asked her how Sasha and Malia [are] doing. And she was like, ‘Sasha and Malia are doing great, they are the ones who put me on to Insecure.’ I was like, ‘Sasha though? Sasha’s too young!’ She was like, ‘Forget all that, she’s out there,'” Rae said. “It’s a blessing that people are taking these characters to heart and feeling related and connected to them.”
The conversation then turns to Rae speaking about the relationship between Molly and a man who had a same-sex experience, and what inspired that.
“…we wanted to start a conversation. This is something I discuss with my friends. Ten years ago, I remember telling my friends, ‘I’m desensitized to the construct of Black masculinity and I’m desensitized to bisexuality,'” Rae said. “We have so many friends who are bisexual or gay and I was like, ‘I don’t think I would trip if a guy I was dating said he had messed with another guy if, in my mind, he still identified as an alpha male.’ And they were like, ‘Well, he still f**ked another dude, so he’s gay.’ I just thought that was an interesting conversation. Then the writers brought it up and noted that while some people agreed and some people did not, any conversation like that that sparked a debate we had to put it in on the show.”
From there, Rae also speaks about the possibility of the series taking on transgender issues.
“…it’s just figuring out the right way to do that. I think so many other shows are doing a great job without feeling like it’s shoehorned and it fits in naturally. For us, it’s just about finding the most natural way. There’s so many topics we wanted to explore but, at the end of the day, we are just trying to tell a good story without anything feeling forced. It’s something I’d love to tackle. We almost did it this season but it didn’t fit within the story we were trying to tell. Hopefully, we’ll see what season three will hold.”
Lastly, Rae was asked if she knows how long Insecure will air, to which she responded: “Yeah, I have an idea of when I want to end it but I don’t know how it’s going to end. I definitely know when I want it to end. [Laughs] But I can’t say or HBO will kill me!”