That’s How You Feel? Controversial Social Stances Of Your Favorite Celebs
We all have opinions on everything from hair politics to race politics — and when celebrities speak up on those issues, we pay attention. But we don’t always agree with what they have to say. From Stacey Dash giving Paula Deen support to Joseline’s bid for Amercia’s Next Top Role Model, we’ve been keeping track of all the issues you’ve been waiting to weigh in on. Let us know which side of the debate you’re on when it comes to these controversial social stances of your favorite celebs.
Is Stacey the “Uncle Tom” that the Twittersphere has made her out to be? Or is she being the bigger Christian and proving that even racists deserve forgiveness?
After the game got booted from a Pasadena Houston’s for exposed tattoos, he took to Twitter to expose the restaurant’s policies:
“NEVER eating @ Houston’s restaurants as long as I live! Denied service in Pasadena by mgr…because: I have tattoos on my arms ?!?,” he tweeted.
“Its 90 degrees outside so I have a tank top on & the manager on duty says the tattoos on my arms are threatening 2 lunch customers..still exists. SMH #DontEatAtHoustonsPasadena.”
But what do you think? Should The Game have to cover his wife beater and tats to eat in the relatively formal dining room? Or was Houston’s just using them as an excuse to exclude a brother?
Blacksheep’s Dres says hip hop is headed in the wrong direction and that Kanye is driving the bus:
“I don’t agree with the message he sends our people.. at all… I hoped him to be a better artist and having a child with the biggest media w***e of our generation.. literally and figuratively… what a horrible message to young ladies and those with anything to say… i question your walk.. do you see what’s happened to our music.. and i’m wrong?”
Do you think that Kanye’s music and image are part of what’s wrong with the black community? Or is Dres simply shading an industry that he doesn’t have a place in anymore?
Some of us have developed a soft spot for Joseline’s struggle over the last season. And now the Puerto Rican princess thinks she’d make a great role model for young women:
Do you think a former adult dancer has a role to play in guiding women struggling from the bottom? Or should young women look to more traditionally employed ladies for guidance?
Jay Z and Harry Belafonte went head to head when the actor called J and Bey out for “turning their backs on social responsibility”. Then J responded by saying “my presence is charity”.
Should high-profile black stars feel pressure to start a trend of reaching back to pull other brothers and sisters up? Or should their presence as black, influential celebrities and business people enough to encourage folks to pull themselves up?
Drake surprised a lot of people when he called other rappers out for being “fake thugs”:
“I was just some young kid on a TV show. And I haven’t become anything else while I’ve been in this position. It’s not like I got here and was like, ‘Oh, got to switch up my image.’ I don’t wake up nervous.
I feel like maybe a lot of these guys do. How old are you, really? What is your background, really? What have you really done in the drug game, in the thug game?”
But does he have a point? Does it help hip hop’s image when rappers stop pretending to be thugs when they’re not? Or should “Started from the bottom” take a seat and understand that being “hard” is part of being “hip hop”?
Are we still giving out “honorary negro” status? Fat Joe seems to think his give’s him license to drop n-bombs because he’s “blacker than most black people”:
“By the way, I’m blacker than most black people. For the record. From the Bronx, I grew up 90 percent black people, half my family is black, I love black people, I am pro-Latino, I love Latino.
I’ve always viewed us as one. Big Pun’s number one hit was ‘Boricua, Morena,’ together. You understand what I’m saying? ‘Why Fat Joe say the N-word?’ ‘Cause I am that n*gga. It’s just the bottom line.”
So what do you think? Can Latino’s drop the n-bomb if they’re “black enough”? Or is there a clear color line drawn in the sand?
Deion Sanders thinks it’s OK for white guys to drop the occasional n-bomb. When Philadelphea Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper was caught on camera dropping an n-bomb at a Kenny Chesney concert, Deion came Tweeting with the “he who casts the first stone” defense:
What do you think? Was Deion having a Stacey moment? Or is he right in taking some of the sting out of the n-bomb because everybody uses it?
In an interview with Madame Noire, Iyanla dropped this bomb on the black women listening in:
“…we live in a society now where women are commodities, where women are demeaned, diminished, demoralized in ways that we accommodate.
And if we really understood who we are as feminine representations of the creator of the universe, some of the things we experience in life, like crying when the unemployed boo boo leaves us, and we really understood who we are, we wouldn’t be so apt to let other people define us, and confine us. We are out of order!”
What do you think? Are black women “out of order” for not supporting each other enough and letting men treat us bad and abandon our kids? Or is Iyanla missing something about the way black women’s relationships and the ways we support each other?
Sometimes you can make a statement without opening your mouth at all. Do you think that this is a dress that a “good Christian” would wear? Or is Meagan hypocritical when she confesses her faith then exposes her breasts?
Queen Latifah recently announced that she won’t be discussing her sexuality ever, especially not on her new talk show. Should her sexuality remain a non-issue? Or does she have a responsibility to come out of the closet and become a much-needed role model for sisters who love other sisters?
Public breastfeeding is big in mommy politics. And Selma Blair made it clear which side she was on when she publicly breast fed her 2-year-old son at The Grove in LA. What do you think. Is it OK to whip one out in public? Or is that something better reserved for a private space?
Former Danity Kane member Aubrey O’Day ruffled a lot of feathers when she spoke up in support of Chris Brown:
“I really respect Chris Brown as an artist. I think he’s so incredibly really talented and I think whatever has happened, and the personal obsession that people have with him, is unfortunate.”
Do you agree? Is it time to let Chris Brown live? Or does a woman beater have no place in the public eye?