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What We Can Learn From Tiffany Haddish’s Glorious SNL Monologue

I admit, this post a little outta character. I don’t usually write about what the kiddos call “popular culture,” but Tiffany Haddish’s SNL monologue on Saturday stirred me up like a pot of hot gravy and I wanna smother myself in it. At one point, I was alone, high-knees marching around the room, pumping a fist in the air and mouthing “Yes!! YES!!!!” to exactly nobody.

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For many reasons, I encourage you watch it for yourself. If bazillions of people watch her opening monologue, maybe SNL will realize just how blindingly offensive it is that Haddish is the first-ever black female comedian to host the show in 42 years. They celebrated the monument, but they should be ashamed. No Whoopi? No Wanda Sykes? Puh-lease. Bonus disturbing fact: Lucy Liu is the only woman of Asian descent to ever host SNL. Ever. Haddish’s inspiring upbringing story and commentary on the recent sexual assault scandals are also delicious, but not at the locus of my post today. Today, I showed up to talk about her joke about her $4,000 dress.

Apparently, Kevin Hart made fun of her for wearing the same outfit in all her Instagrams. (GTFO, Kevin Hart.)

“That’s what I can’t about stand the internet, because it’s messing with my fashion game!”

Have truer words ever been said? I have like 2.5 good outfits and Instagram is seriously outing me.

“I should be able to wear what I want, when I want, however many times I want, as long as I Febreeze it.”

[vigorously nods head yes] If you can’t smell me from where you’re sitting, MIND UR OWN BEESWAX.

“Like this dress. I wore it on the red carpet for Girls Trip. And my whole team they told me, Tiffany, you CANNOT wear that dress on SNL. You already wore it, it’s taboo to wear it twice. And I said I DON’T GIVE A DANG ABOUT NO TABOO, I spent a lotta money on this dress. This dress cost way more than my mortgage. This an Alexander McQueen, okay?!! It’s a $4,000 dress, I’m gonna wear this dress MULTIPLE TIMES!!”

She continues on, promising that if she’s invited to a Bar Mitzvah, an all-black party, and even your wedding, you better believe she gonna be wearing that dress. Can I get an A-F*CKING-MEN? Refusing to wear the thing twice because of the photographic evidence is insane, and it makes financial sense for NO ONE. And, IT IS EXHAUSTING. It is mentally and financially EXHAUSTING.

(BTW, Haddish came out later in the show, as promised, wearing the dress again.)

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All hail the Queen. Oh and here she is at the Girls Trip premiere:

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Humans already tend towards wanting new and shiny things, but the feeling is exasperated by social pressure. For one example, pretty much every woman I know wears a new dress to every single wedding she attends, whether bought or rented. And at peak wedding ages of 26-29, that can mean five to ten weddings (and dresses, accessories, spray-tans, blow-outs, etc.) per year! I’ve certainly been there. I’ve bought a lot of dresses in my day, but I’m currently feeling very fatigued by the expectation.

For money reasons, I recently wore a dress to its fourth wedding. While I mostly don’t care that this is considered a fashion faux pas (nor do I care about any fashion faux pas, really), part of me still felt embarrassed.

But why?? It looks frickin’ good on me! It’s a showstopper! I get MAD compliments! Shouldn’t my reaction be “dang, I should be wearing this motherf*cking thing to the coffee shop” and not “crap, I’m embarrassed to be seen in this dress again?”

Ol’ Yeller has been a trooper

U KNOW WHAT!!? Maybe I WILL wear it to the COFFEE SHOP!!!

Harnessing my inner Haddish

I wore that beautiful-ass dress to the local Peet’s, and guess what happened? I GOT MORE COMPLIMENTS!! Two adorable ol’ regulars CLEARLY don’t follow my Insta or they would have reacted with proper disgust. This dress has now been worn in public a despicable 5x!

Ladies, we can please all gather together and agree that it’s OKAY to repeat outfits over and over and over again? Can we move away from this tired trend of expecting our friends to be wearing something new every time we see them, in person or online? Within both ourselves and others, can we attempt to value scrappiness, resourcefulness and humor at least as much as we do materialism, consumerism, and appearance?

I joke, but the phenomenon is real: Women are spending more and more money specifically for or because of Instagram and social media. Most women I know are posting on social media at least once per week. That’s a helluva lot of shopping.

This weekend, I encourage you to go dig through your closet, find the most fabulous outfit you already own and wear the shit out of that thing. And then do it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day. Repeat outfits with pride, post on Instagram, and if you’re feeling inspired, tag me in it! @dumpster.doggy #WhatWouldTiffanyDo

Let Haddish serve as a reminder that it’s the things we do and say and the way we make our friends feel that matters in the end. Who cares if she wears the same dress? She makes us feel better, she is breaking down barriers, and is a shining light in this world.

Also, PLEASE treat yourself to this extra video. She used a Groupon to take Will Smith on a swamp tour. It is glorious:

9 Comments

  1. Steveark on November 16, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    As a male I know I wasn’t supposed to read this and I certainly can’t understand it. I don’t own anything I haven’t worn dozens of times. Its going to be up to women to explain this peculiar behavior. And trust me, no guy is ever going to remember what anyone wore the last time they saw them. That was an awesome video clip though, she’s way too cool.



  2. the Budget Epicurean on November 18, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Girl please, wear what makes you happy! To he’ll with what anyone else thinks. I’ve had the same wardrobe for basically 8 years, and I’m not dead yet. I still get compliments on my favorite pieces too 🙂



  3. Mr. Groovy on November 20, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Haha! I love it. My wardrobe consists of basically ten polo shirts and four jeans (yes, I’m retired). But the shirts and the jeans are all different. I’ll have to up game over the next few years and become more Haddish-like. Ten identical polo shirts and four identical jeans–all hail the poor man’s uniform.



  4. Mrs. Adventure Rich on November 20, 2017 at 3:41 am

    I not only read this article and watched both clips… I proceeded to show both clips to my husband as I gave him a recap of why you nailed it here! I kid you not, I have clothes from high school that I still wear (a few badass looking coats, a few grubby tees, the most comfy sweatshirt known to man) and I plan to wear them until they fall apart at the seams. And if anyone starts to question why my coat looks like it is circa-2006 years old, I’ll tell them “why, you are correct and don’t worry, the Dumpster Dog said it’s fine”.



  5. MamaMia on November 20, 2017 at 5:11 am

    You do rock that yellow dress! I’m slowing getting out of the habit of requiring new outfits for parties and weddings. Wonderful post.



  6. Melissa on November 20, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Haha I definitely understand the wearing nice dresses multiple times… except I guess my friends get married later than your friends – I’ve only had to wear the same “wedding guest” dress twice. Half my friends got married in their 20s, and have are still dating strong in our 30s 🙂

    That said, INTERVIEW DRESS! I have one that’s killer and I’ve worn it on probably 5 interviews… including interviews for internships when I was in grad school. I got 4/5 of those jobs/internships and on the 5th one (which I didn’t get), I retired the dress. Bad luck at that point!

    Also, it was only $45 at The Limited so I think I got a good ROI on that 🙂 I’m just glad I’m not a celebrity and people don’t actually call me out for wearing the same thing multiple times! Good for Tiffany – that dress is BEAUTIFUL and I’d wear the s*** out of it too!



  7. ck on November 20, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Love this post. First time visitor. Found the article on Rockstar Finance and you nailed it. Tiffany Haddish is super funny too. Thanks for reminding us to show off our great assets, such as a $4000 dress, ha!



  8. Drsan1 on November 21, 2017 at 9:07 am

    That’s awesome, and so true. We really think people are so concerned about us that they will remember the things we wear. I wear the same things to church over and over but since it’s usually a long time in between each repeat wear, I get compliments. I used to be one of those people that needed a new dress for everything until I started having dressed with the tags on them! Now I use what I have and will just switch up the accessories or a blazer. But yes a $4000 dress…I would wear that many, many…. times!