Ya’ll Need More People: Celebrity Images We Just Can’t Get Behind
Celebrity brands are big business. They’re the stories that drive the drama on reality shows and let fans know what to expect. Some famous folk have made their name by being scandalous and messy, others have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. But whether they’re chosen or earned, there are some celebrity brands that we just can’t get behind.
Karrine Steffans-McCrary: Sleeping Your Way to the Top
Supahead’s “fame” started the trend of women “coming up” by taking it off for videos, strip club audiences, rappers and basketball players and I personally can’t wait until sisters find another way to make names for themselves.
Tyler Perry: Holier than Thou
Tyler Perry has built his brand around creating quality Christian entertainment, but some of the things Tyler has been up to lately may not be of the spirit.
Currently, he’s being sued for stealing the plot of his last movie. Plus. his next flick will feature Kim Kardashian, the Jezebel of the modern era. What’s really going on Brother Perry?
Keyshia Cole: The Sellout
Those are strong words but Keyshia turned a lot of brothers and sisters off with her efforts to distance herself from the black community.
She was raised by a single black mother and sings songs black women love but when she’s asked to sing with Black Girls Who Rock, suddenly she’s biracial and having a branding crisis? Chasing a “global market” might lose Keyshia some of her loyal fans.
Wendy Williams: Professional Hater
Wendy made her name for herself by back biting and gossiping her way to the top. Is that really a legacy you can be proud of leaving behind?
Jackie Christie: The HBIC
On Basketball Wives, Jackie Christie nearly lost her mind trying to rein in the rest of the chicks on the show. But she ain’t NeNe and nobody wanted to take advice from an older woman who kept it messy like high school on the show.
Malaysia Pargo: The Fence Mender
Speaking of Basketball Wives, Malaysia spent her seasons on “mending fences” by bringing controversial characters back into the fold. But all of her fence mending was responsible for half the fights on the show. Now I’m wondering if she’s really mending fences or just starting mess while pretending to be a sweetheart.
Tamar Braxton: The Mouthpiece
Tamar’s yapping is starting to work a lot of people’s last nerves. Plus, Tamar is talented. I think we’d all rather hear her sing than run off at the mouth.
Braylon Edwards: Dead Beat Father
You don’t have to run the reality circuit to get a brand. Sometimes your brand finds you. Jets Receiver Braylon Edwards has already been sued by two of his baby mothers for child support in the last year. He’s already working on his third chick and if he’s not careful he’s going to go well on his way to becoming one of the most prolific black celebrities since ODB.
Sean Paul: The Old Dude in the Club
Sean Paul is not too far from 50 and he’s still dressing like an extra on Jersey Shore. If you’re too old to chill at the club maybe you should hang up your “club banger” status. Seeing a man almost old enough to be your grandfather winding on 19-year-old video groupies is disturbing.
Rihanna: The Pushover
Rihanna’s music and PR agents are pushing the “Bad Bajan” brand, but Twitter and Instagram suggest something different. Right now her music is out-shined by her thirst for Chris Brown.
He hit her, she’s still thirsty. He goes on French vacations with other chicks and posts the pics? She’s still thirsty. If she don’t get it together she’s going to be stuck singin’ Mary J ballads.
Stevie J: Cap’t Save a you know what
Watching Stevie J dog out every woman who has ever crossed his path has confirmed all of my suspicions about the attractive but talentless chicks on the market today. And Stevie’s dirty ways have tainted his legacy as powerful mover and shaker in the music industry to a rat-faced womanizer.
Quentin Tarantino: Too Far Down
Quentin Tarantino thinks it’s cool to use the N-word because he feels he’s “down” with black people. He did an entire 106 and Park interview in a “black voice” and Django Unchained used the N-word so much, it was basically it’s own character. Somebody let him know before Spike gets him.
Justin Bieber: The Good Boy
The cracks in Justin Bieber’s squeaky-clean image are starting to show. He’s been hangin out with Sean Kingston and the New York Daily News let the world know — via an anonymous source — that Bieber “smokes weed all day.” I have a feeling there’s going to be a new version of The Beebz coming out soon.
Rick Ross: The Concert Diva
You can count on Rick Ross to go hard on an album but he has a tendency to pull a Kanye at his concerts. First he walked off the Soul Train Awards and left Chrisette Michelle in the lurch because Eminem beat him out for best Rap artist. At the VMAs he got into a tit for tat with 98-pound white girl Kreayshawn and at the BET Hip Hop Awards he got into a “scuffle” with Young Jeezy from behind his security team. All of his antics are starting to feel like publicity stunts.
Chad Johnson: The Publicity Slore
There are a lot of things you can say about Chad Johnson but Publicity Slore fits best. He got married for ratings, held out on his divorce for attention and now he’s let the world know that he has a sex tape out. Pretty soon, no one will remember that he was ever a football player.