K. Michelle: I’ve Been Most Attacked By Black Women
Generally speaking, Kimberly “K. Michelle” Pate’s target demographic is Black women. Ironically, the same audiences that likely support her most are the ones she insists have been the most hateful towards her.
According to Pate, the attacks became particularly intense when she came forward to discuss her alleged affair with actor Idris Elba.
“I thought it was disgusting, the backlash I got from Black women,” Pate told B. Scott. “My whole career, the women that I fight for, have been the women that attack me.”
She went on to cite the time she accused ex-boyfriend, Mickey “Memphitz” Wright, of abuse and former “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” co-star Rashida Frost insisted that she was dishonest.
“It’s crazy because when I told about my abuse, Black women attacked me. And they said I was a liar. Then when the reports came out, ‘Oh, I always believed you.’ That doesn’t heal that scar that you called me a liar for two years, and I’m trying to be a role model.”
Let me just say that it was wrong for anyone to insist that K. Michelle was lying about being abused. However, I find it particularly interesting when Black celebrities come out bashing their own people. As for the Idris Elba thing, obviously, there’s a chance it did happen and there’s a chance it didn’t—and yes, there are some members of the MN team who have made up their minds that it didn’t. Considering that he has never publicly acknowledged their relationship—and that people have known him to be in a relationship with Naiyana Garth—it’s understandable why some would assume it didn’t. If Idris was the one doing all of the talking and K. Michelle was mute about it, we’d find ourselves in the same predicament. It all comes down to perception. People are entitled to their opinions. Personally, I don’t doubt that something went down, but I wouldn’t consider myself to be a K. Michelle if, for whatever reason, I didn’t believe her.
Anyone with an Internet connection and a substantial following on social media—white, black, yellow, or green—will likely be attacked by trolls. It’s a part of the game; and the bigger you become, the worse it gets. If your target audience is Black women, there’s a good chance that the majority of your critics will be Black women; if your target audience is green men with purple hair, it’s safe to make a similar assumption. The same goes for any other demographic. To insist that Black women have somehow collectively conspired against you when many of them are the same ones supporting you is somewhat irresponsible.
K. Michelle comes off as a bit of a conflicted person at times. Perhaps we’re all somewhat conflicted in a sense. Craziness aside, I still believe she’s extremely talented and I’d like to see her win. I hope that she finds whatever it is that she is in search of, really and truly. But I highly doubt beating up on Black women is going to help her get any closer to the life that she imagined for herself, whatever that may be.