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“When my black friends call me the N-Word…”: Matt Rife’s Controversial Tweets Nearly Nuked His $25M Career Before Netflix Fame

The actor deleted the tweets, but it was too little, too late.

matt rife’s controversial tweets nearly nuked his $25m career before netflix fame


  • Matt Rife got into trouble for some of his tweets back in 2016
  • Rife had made some comments that were deemed offensive to the LGBTQ and African American Communities
  • His inspirations Dave Chapelle and Ricky Gervais received similar condemnation for their specials.

Matt Rife has become quite the comedian in recent years. The comedian has managed to score quite a number of specials with Netflix, but the journey to get there has not been without its fair share of challenges.

Matt Rife
Matt Rife

In 2016, tweets by the then-up-and-coming resurfaced, containing some problematic humor that could have tanked the young artist’s entire career. Tweets using objectionable language and slang landed the artist in a lot of trouble, causing him to delete set tweets, to little avail.

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What was the controversy regarding Matt Rife?

Matt Rife
Matt Rife

Twitter can be a dangerous place to tread, especially if one has aspirations of making it big. While most people usually just tweet and forget, it is often that momentary lapses in judgment could come to ruin the most important days of your life. It happened with Kevin Hart. It happened with James Gunn. And it happened with Matt Rife.

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Before the artist was signing deals with big names like Netflix, Tweets from the actor’s Twitter feed began to resurface on the platform in 2016. In these tweets, Rife made some objectionable comments about the LGBTQ community and also used the ‘n’ word, causing a number of users on the platform to call him out. However, the situation did not escalate to cause the artist some trouble, as he would go on to sign multiple specials with Netflix with his latest one, Natural Selection out on Netflix as of November 15, 2023.

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What Natural Selection is all about

Matt Rife: Natural Selection
Matt Rife: Natural Selection

Matt RIfe has had a bunch of specials come out in 2023. Matthew Steven Rife and Walking Red Flag were two other specials that were released this year, showing the actor’s iconic wit and observations to craft intricate and funny sets that are enjoyable to those who have an open mind about humor. Natural Selection is similarly rife with stylistic tendencies that the actor has come to be known for, ensuring that viewers have a fantastic time watching his special.


As a comedian, the two chief influences on Rife’s work have been Dave Chapelle and Ricky Gervais. These comedians are known for their take on woke politics and what is considered problematic subject matter. Similar criticisms were leveled at both comedians, who shrugged it off and moved along with their very successful comedy careers, which seems like would be the case for a talented and bold individual like Matt Rife

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Written by Anuraag

Anuraag is a writer at Fandomwire with a keen interest in comic books, manga, animation, literature and cinema. With a Bachelor's Degree in Media Studies and English, Anuraag is an aspiring fiction writer and filmmaker, with multiple anthology of poems published.