Marlon Wayans Defends Teenage Daughter And Calls Out "Ignorance" of Anti-LGBT Comments

He wrote in a tribute to his daughter, "I wouldn't change one effing thing about you"

By Lena Grossman Jun 03, 2019 11:45 PMTags
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Marlon Wayans is feeling and sharing the love.

The 46-year-old praised his daughter Amai Wayans in a moving Instagram post celebrating Pride Month. Wayans posted a picture of Amai sitting down in a backyard and the foreground of the photo shows the sole of a pair of Vans, which is painted resemble the rainbow pride flag.

"Happy pride to my pride and joy," he wrote. "I wouldn't change one effing thing about you. Love you to the moon around the sun through the galaxies and back again."

Wayans' photo has received over 89,000 likes as well as a slew of both positive and negative comments about Amai's sexuality. While Gabrielle Union and La La Anthony applauded Wayans for his words, others felt differently.

One comment read, "She's not old enough to understand what that's really all about. You have the power to change lives Bro, don't teach her that."

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Wayans responded to this comment and defended his daughter and her life.

According to a screenshot captured by Comments By Celebs, he wrote, "She's 19. She is who she is until or until she don't choose different. Love her for her not what I want her to be."

One of Wayans' followers encouraged him to ignore the comments. 

"I'm sure you can delete these negative comments," she wrote. "Let's keep this happy. Why some people have to be so opinionated. Praying they drown in their own negativity."

The actor explained in his reply that he wanted to keep the comments up on his profile for a very important reason.

He wrote, "I thought of erasing them but I need the world to see the ignorance that still exist. Objective without obstacles is a worthless triumph. We all will some day get to unconditional love. Because of my daughter i am one step closer. I am not God, i don't judge i just LOVE. And still pray for the haters because i refuse to judge them too i just love."

Wayans has shared a number of posts in the past that praise his daughter and their family. She turned 19 on May 24 and he wrote that his "purpose shifted" after she was born.

"May 24, 2000, i pulled you from your mother's womb, i held you in my arms and my world changed. My purpose shifted. I no longer lived for me... i lived for you, for my family, for us. You gave me purpose. You made me tender, you made me communicate, you made me humble, you made me attentive, you made me listen, you made me grow up," he penned.

Wayans said in that same caption that he often encouraged her to go one way but she defied him and went the other.

"You a strong minded and have always been," he said of his daughter. "I tried to make you a righty you said 'no n---a LEFT'. I tried to steer you straight you said 'no n---a gay'. I tried demand things to be my way and you said 'why?'"

That same day, he posted a picture of him kissing her head and wrote, "This is your safe place. When the world gives you s--t just come right here and daddy's arm and just be safe and loved. I got you. Always my baby ."

A number of celebrities have spoken out about pride month and shown their support for the LGBTQ community. Taylor Swift, for instance, gave a colorful performance at 2019 Wango Tango on Saturday as she sang "ME!" in a fringed rainbow outfit. Earlier that day, she shared a picture of a letter she wrote to her senator encouraging him to vote in favor of the Equality Act.

She said of LGBTQ discrimination, "For American citizens to be denied jobs or housing based on who they love or how they identify, in my opinion, is un-American and cruel."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also posted about Pride Month and paid homage to Harry's mother Princess Diana and her advocacy work.

Take a look at the gallery below to see how some of your favorite stars are getting festive for Pride Month.

Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin

The couple celebrate at the NYC LGBT Pride Parade.

Pete Davidson and Tommy Dorfman

The 13 Reasons Why actor posted this photo of him with the SNL star and comedian, writing, "HAPPY F--KING PRIDE!!!! from me and my fave straight! i know i say this somewhat jokingly, but i'm serious. it's rare you meet a straight dude who is this accepting and cool and lovely, especially actors/comedians."

Wendy Williams

How YOU doin'?

Billy Porter

The Broadway and Pose star gets ready for the NYC LGBT Pride Parade.

Vanessa Williams

The actress and singer can rock an outfit with all the colors of the wind.

Donatella Versace

The fashion designer waves to the crowd at the NYC LGBT Pride Parade.

Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson and MJ Rodriguez

The Pose stars strike a pose.

Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness

Queer Eye represent!

Andy Cohen and Real Housewives

The Bravo TV host and ladies such as Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga ride together at the NYC Pride Parade.

Lady Gaga

Ravishing in rainbow! The Oscar-winner shows her support while rocking a colorful ensemble at Stonewall Day in New York City. 

Nico Tortorella & Samira Wiley

The duo celebrate NYC Pride at American Eagle's Be You Studio.

Alicia Keys

Show her love! The performer rocks some serious bling in honor of Stonewall Day in New York City.

Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka

Love is in the air! The longtime couple serve as International Ambassadors for Tel Aviv Pride. 

Betty Who

The "Mama Say" singer performs during the HBO Human By Orientation WorldPride NYC Concert at The Brooklyn Mirage.

Mindy Kaling

The actress glitters in a rainbow mini-dress.

The Veronicas

Fans who got to see the stars perform at Pride are going to remember this moment "4Ever."

Evan Rachel Wood

The openly bisexual actress waves a rainbow flag during LA Pride. 

Lisa Vanderpump

"Happy Pride! @lapride #justunite #lapride2019 #lgbtq," the Vanderpump Rules star shared on Instagram while celebrating LA Pride.

Halle Berry

The A-list actress celebrates LA Pride on behalf of "5B" by wearing a pin, which represents Johnson & Johnson's longstanding efforts to #MakeHIVHistory.

James Kennedy & Raquel Leviss

"TRUE LOVE! Happy pride, I did well ... as for this girl I'm so in #LOVE!" the Bravo star shared on his Instagram. 

Patrick Starrr

The What the Fashion "star" is seen at the It Gets Better Project Poolside Pride Celebration at The Standard Hollywood.

Lala Kent, Stassi Schroeder & Brittany Cartwright

It wouldn't be a Pride celebration in West Hollywood without the ladies from Vanderpump Rules!

Charlize Theron

Everybody say love! The A-list actress dresses up for Pride month. 

Meghan Trainor

Makeup artist Alison Christian perfects the pop star's rainbow glam before she hits the stage at LA Pride. 

Alyson Stoner

The former Disney Channel star, who describes herself as someone "attracted to men, women, and people who identify in other ways," attends LA Pride in style. 

Jonathan Van Ness

Yasss henny! The Queer Eye star shows off his rainbow styled Balenciaga purse while walking the streets of Chicago.

Gia Gunn

The RuPaul's Drag Race star teams up with Mac Cosmetics for the LA Pride Parade. 


The "Juice" songstress smolders for the camera ahead of her headlining performance at Sacramento Pride. 

Scheana Marie & Raqel Leviss

The Vanderpump Rules stars represent SUR at LA Pride.

Halle Berry

"Standing tall for everyone to have the right to live and love out loud! Happy #Pride, everyone! #Pride2019," the actress wrote on Instagram.

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