Issa Dee once said, “Wasn’t expecting that? huh?”
After the premiere of season five of Insecure on Sunday, Oct. 24, the HBO comedy is facing criticism from Alpha Kappa Alpha for using colors and crests associated with the sorority. Issa, played by her co-creator, was featured in the episode. Issa Rae)—her friends Molly (Yvonne Orji), Kelli (Natasha Rothwell) and Tiffany (Amanda Seales)—returning to alma mater Stanford University for a reunion.
In the episode, Tiffany wore the signature pink and green colors, as well as the letters, of Alpha Kappa Alpha—implying that the character was a member of this sorority. This seemed to upset some members of the sorority, as well as others, with one viewer writing, “No Amanda Seales don’t have my letters on… wardrobe has gone too far.”
Another commented“Amanda Seales is an AKA right?”
After similar tweets sparked questions about Seales’ connection to Alpha Kappa Alpha, the actress eventually took to her Instagram Story and clarified: “Tiffany is a character on a TV show. I don’t play the role, I wrote the character. I’m not an soror. I’m an actress, and I play a character on a TV program.”
In a separate social media post, she added, “When Tiffany is me, I do wear the letters proudly and regard and show respect for those who have crossed the burning sands.”