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If you haven’t heard, Vivica A. Fox and 50 Cent were involved in a full-fledge cat fight this early morning.
I am not going to bore you with too many of the details as I am sure that most of you all already got caught up on the facts while having your morning breakfast sandwiches and McFrappuccinos.
But just to summarize for those who will still complain about not knowing what happened: it involved Andy “Shifty Eyes” Cohen and as usual, he was being messy.
On last night’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” Cohen asked Fox what she thought about recent comments made by 50 in which he blamed the Empire’s ratings dip on “gay stuff.” First Fox said, “Pot calling the kettle black, is all I’m saying.”
But Cohen was like, nah-uh Barbie-face. You got to give us more! Tell us, what are you insinuating?
Despite her earlier proclamation to not say anything more, Fox took the bait and brought up the 50 Cent and Soulja Boy XXL magazine cover from 2010, which many people on the Internet had pegged as “suspect.” While she clarified that she didn’t think he was gay, she added that there is something “not quite clear” about him.
She also said of the XXL cover: “he just looked like a booty snatcher to me.”
And now 50 Cent is roasting her on Instagram…
There is no doubt that Fox hates 50. And she probably hates him because she was so in love with him, even though it went against her better judgement.
Many of us have been there. For whatever reason, she decided to see the good in him, to look past his obvious trollish ways and get to know the poor misunderstood, broken-winged bird underneath. That’s not really him. He just needs love and hugs. He just needs a job. He just needs support. He just needs a good home cooked meal. I can help him, is what we all tell ourselves.
But then we sober up. And we realize that he is everything that he has presented himself to be.
Now we’re pissed.
Don’t get it twisted: we will move on. We will meet new men and experience new bulls**t. But from now until the end of all eternity, we will also hold a special place of contempt and grief in our hearts for the one we knew damn well we had no business being with in the first place.
It’s like the horror film, The Babadook.
Basically, 50 Cent is Fox’s locked-away monster, eating worms and dirt in her emotional basement.
All of this to say that Fox was certainly silly for starting things with him. For one, addressing 50’s homo-antagonism with more homo-antagonism doesn’t address the original offense. She could have responded to Cohen’s original question with a simple “he’s insecure,” and everybody would have been like, “yeah I can see that.” A more thoughtful response could have spared all humiliation she is receiving now.
But then again, this is 50 Cent we are talking about here. And we know that 50 Cent lives to respond to people regardless of how big or small the infraction – with exception of Chelsea Handler of course.
In some ways, who can blame Fox for attempting to payback? Heck, who could blame anybody?
Let’s review the facts here: 50 Cent is a bully.
Just a couple of days prior to Fox’s haphazard call-out, he was body shaming Rick Ross. Sure, some folks will say that Ross started it. After all, Ross was the first to take a shot at the How to Rob rapper on his Mafia Music track. But that incident happened back in 2008 when President Obama had jet-black hair. Folks change. People move on. And President Obama is rocking the salt and pepper fade.
Now that we are coming up on a new presidential cycle, 50 still ain’t over it. He is still stuck emotionally in the same place he was back in 2008 (heck, some might argue that he is emotionally stuck in a moment in time further back then 2008). I guess Ross is 50 Cent’s Babadook…
Still, 50 Cent’s got a lot of monsters locked away in his basement.
Like Shaniqua Tompkins, the mother of his estranged son. Not only had she accused him of domestic abuse, but she was also forced out of the home he bought her after a mysterious fire. And then there was Young Buck who 50 Cent “exposed” on the Internet for violating the man code by crying to him on an answering machine about being kicked out of G-Unit. And then there is Lastonia Leviston who is the mother of Rick Ross’ child. 50 Cent was ordered to pay $5 million to her after he maliciously released her sex tape, without permission, as retaliation for the beef with Ross that started almost two presidential cycles ago. And then there is laundry list of other rappers which would take up too much column space explaining just how vicious he has been over his lifetime.
It seems that 50 Cent got a problem with everyone – with exception of Chelsea Handler. And worse, his “problems” with everyone seem to last well past the expiration dates of relevancy.
He even has a problem with “the gays.” And according to MTV News in a 2004 interview with Playboy Magazine, 50 Cent said:
“I ain’t into f—-ts,” 50 says in an interview in the April issue of Playboy… “I don’t like gay people around me, because I’m not comfortable with what their thoughts are. I’m not prejudiced. I just don’t go with gay people and kick it — we don’t have that much in common. I’d rather hang out with a straight dude. But women who like women, that’s cool.”
Of course, he would later go on and become a champion of gay marriage, but he still continues to engage in the same homo-antagonism of other rappers, and television shows, and gay people (while he came out for gay rights, he also said that there should be an organization created to protect straight men from gay men touching their “buns” in elevators), that makes me think that he hasn’t changed one bit.
I know there will be some who will say that I am defending Fox because she is a woman. But I assure you, there is no double standard. If anything, 50 cent is the standard. He is able to exist and profit because he is in an entire industry that thrives off of homophobia and misogyny. He can harass people to the point of new lows. He can call people out of their names. He can blackmail and blackball people. And he can even threaten physical harm to people. And he is able to do all of this because we live in a culture that does not check our bullies.
But the moment someone serves the bully with a bit of his own medicine, some folks want to shame Fox and look to 50 some sort of victim. Or worse, a champion.
Nope. While I think Fox was silly and woefully outgunned for such a task, 50 Cent gets no sympathy, or applause, from me. In the words of Bart Simpson, at least she tried…
Nobody’s better at getting celebrities to spill the tea than Andy Cohen. From Amber Rose’s epic silence to Nancy Grace’s crush, these are the most shocking moments from Watch What Happen’s Live‘s game of Plead the Fifth.
On Sunday’s Watch What Happens Live, Amber Rose was a guest on the show, there to promote her new book How To Be A Bad B—h. And while Rose was hoping to promote her literary efforts, we all know that Andy Cohen was about getting the tea. While chatting with Rose, he spent a majority of the time asking her about people in her past–specifically the Kardashians, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa and Tyga, who is bestie Blac Chyna’s ex (whom she rightfully put on blast earlier this year). But Rose wasn’t here for it. When asked about the Kardashians and Jenners during Cohen’s popular game of Plead the Fifth, Rose declined to speak about them. In fact, she refused all questions. And when specifically asked about West, Rose said, “I’m NOT talking about Kanye or the Kardashians at all.”
And while Cohen was clearly rattled by her decision not to play along, no one was more perturbed by the evening’s escapades than Rose. She would later state on Jenny McCarthy’s SiriusXM radio program Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy, that the constant questions about the people in her past are beyond frustrating at this point in her life and her career. Check it:
“I was upset about the interview. It’s just like, literally from the second I walked in, it was Kardashian, Kanye, Kardashian. I’m just like, I wrote a book. I really wrote a f–king book. It took me a year for me to write this book! But like, Jesus f–king Christ! How’s my son doing? He’s well, thank you for asking! I love Andy, and I understand that he has a show. I get it. I’m not mad at him. But I would like people to understand my frustration.
I’m very frustrated with that. There are so many more things. I’m very bubbly; I’m a really cool girl, and I’m an open book. So if you ask me about things that are actually relevant in my life, I will definitely answer those questions. Don’t ask me about sh-t from six years ago.”
You know, I like Amber Rose. Because a majority of the time, she owns up to her sh-t, including her past, and she has no regrets. And while I can understand getting irritated by a constant barrage of questions about my ex and his new boo, Rose’s irritation is a little confusing.
And I say this because, for a certain someone promoting a book that, according to the synopsis, speaks of her past and her journey to being “a bad b—h,” it’s interesting that she’s over talking about it all now:
Amber Rose didn’t let her early years in the tough neighborhood of South Philly keep her from achieving her star-studded goals. From the sets of music videos, to high fashion runways and magazines, to life at home with her beautiful son, Amber doesn’t hesitate to command her personal stage with confidence, edge, attitude, and her own form of grace. For the first time, this renowned model, actress, socialite, pop culture maven, and self-proclaimed “bad bitch” is sharing her secrets on how to lead a powerful life in this edgy yet accessible guide to life, love, and success. With unparalleled candor, “Muva” pulls back the curtain on her rollercoaster of a journey from a young trailblazer to a worldwide phenomenon—and it’s this evolution that has influenced her intoxicating, authoritative outlook on life and love. Filled with expert advice and personal anecdotes, How to Be a Bad Bitch covers finances, career, love, beauty, and fashion while emphasizing confidence, positive self-acceptance, and authenticity.
She talks about certain aspects of her life, including the men in it, when it works for her. But when she’s asked about it by others, all of a sudden she’s frustrated. And yet, if she’s honest, we know that Rose would admit that she is where she is now because of that past. Because of those broken relationships. Because of those public squabbles.
She became the fashionista with the bold buzz cut that everyone had their eyes on after dating a fashion-obsessed Kanye West for two years.
She catapulted from being West’s ex (the one My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was about) to being Wiz Khalifa’s love. And around that time, most interviews she did were about how he was a better match for her than West, how Kim Kardashian was West’s mistress and hooking up with Reggie Bush to get back at Kimye. Not about what she had going on business wise.
And she decided to do her SlutWalk in LA after Khloe Kardashian (and friends) tried to put her years as a stripper on blast. And, of course, after West and her ex, Wiz Khalifa, attempted to slut shame her on the radio and social media on different occasions.
Honestly, she has many of her opportunities because of who she’s dated and loved, and the time she’s spent talking about those people and who they’re associated with. And many people in the mainstream started to pay serious attention to her after she singlehandedly treated the lives of the Kardashian and Jenner clan. So considering that she was just talking about all of these people in interviews earlier this year alone (and trashing West while drunk), it’s interesting that months later, Rose doesn’t want to answer any more questions about them and the feelings she publicly shared about each and every one of them.
What Rose may not get is that people only want to know about what you present to them. If you bicker with the Kardashians, messy folks like Andy Cohen are going to want you to get on camera and throw jabs at them again. If you talk about Kanye slut-shaming you and memories from your time together one minute, people are going to want to know your thoughts on him and his family the next minute. If you go back and forth, publicly, playing nice and then falling out with your estranged husband, people are going to want to talk about that too. And if you want people to take you seriously as an author, actress, and businesswoman, but you spend more time showing your twerking skills and talking about your relationships, you can’t get too upset when people don’t have a clear answer to “Who is Amber Rose?” and really don’t seem to care all that much.
Again, I like Amber Rose. I want her to win because beneath all the tiny bikinis, and occasional shenanigans is someone who seems to have a good heart and a bright spirit. But this, as in the line of questioning and the uncomfortable talk show appearances, is what comes with being famous for something that isn’t about talent. It’s just hard to get people to take you seriously. To change the script when it comes to what people ask her about, she has to be serious and show us more of her hustle and less of her relationship issues, her drama with other people, and her booty. Until then, it’s going to be more of the same.
There is no denying that Andy Cohen is one of reality television’s most successful figures. Not only is he behind such guilty pleasures as The Real Housewives franchise and Watch What Happens: Live, but he has also managed to gain notoriety in front of the camera. But the press swirling around Cohen hasn’t always been positive. Actually, who are we kidding? There is about a 65 percent chance that every time Cohen opens his mouth, something offensive and just plain d**kish will come flying out. So in honor of his inability to play nice, we take a look back at some of Andy Cohen’s most obnoxious moments.
After being criticized earlier this week for sitting by, along with Andre Talley Leon, as “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen called teen actress Amandla Stenberg a “jackhole,” Laverne Cox has come forward to defend herself. As you may recall, Cohen slammed Stenberg for calling out Kylie Jenner for appropriating Black culture. In the event that you missed the show, the conversation went a little something like this:
Cohen: Today’s Jackhole goes to the Instagram feud between Kylie Jenner and Hunger Games star/Jaden Smith’s prom date Amandla Stenberg, who criticized Kylie for her cornrows, calling it cultural appropriation. White girls in cornrows… is it OK or nay, Laverne and Andre?
Leon: To me, it’s fine.
Cox: Umm … Bo Derek.
In a blog post published on her official Tumblr page, the “Orange Is The New Black” actress explains why she did not defend Stenberg against Cohen’s comments. According to Cox, she wasn’t aware of who Stenberg was at the time the show was taped. She also reasoned that she did not feel there was enough time to address the actual issue at hand properly.
When in answer to Andy Cohen’s question on “Watch What Happens Live” on July 12, “White girls and cornrows, yay or nay? “I said what I said in an attempt to not get involved in what I understood at the time to be an Instagram feud between someone with whom I was not familiar and Kylie Jenner on the topic of cultural appropriation. I have never been interested in getting involved in any celebrity feuds.
In that moment, I also felt that the topic of cultural appropriation needs way more than the 10 seconds or less I had to respond at the end of the show to fully unpack. I said as much to Andre Leon Tally after the cameras stopped rolling. So on camera with seconds left in a live broadcast I said, “Bo Derek” the first iconic example of a white woman wearing cornrows I could think of. To be clear I understood when I said, “Bo Derek” that her rocking of cornrows with beads in the 1979 film “10” and that look on her subsequently becoming a cultural phenomenon when the black folks who had been rocking cornrows for decades before her had not similarly become a sensation is an example of the ways in which what bell hooks calls imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchal systems privilege certain bodies’ performances of cultural traditions over others. This is when cultural appropriation can tend to erase the marginalized people from whom the culture emerges.
Many are taking me to task for not defending Amandla Stenberg who I now know is a 16-year-old black actress known for her work in the “Hunger Games” who has spoken out quite eloquently on the topic of cultural appropriation. In researching Amandla’s work and words, I was very impressed with a video I saw from her on cultural appropriation where she chronicled a recent history of cultural appropriation and black hair specifically.
Cohen has since apologized on Twitter to Stenberg for his comments.
To clarify, I gave the jackhole to an online feud & certainly not to the topic or to any individual. I ironically hate online feuds.
I want to apologize to Amandla. I didn’t understand the larger context of this cultural discussion and TRULY meant no disrespect to her or anyone else.
You can check out Cox’s full essay here. Thoughts?
Andy Cohen effed up on Sunday evening during an episode of “Watch What Happens Live.” But he wasn’t the only one. Sadly, two of our own, Laverne Cox and Andre Leon Talley, joined him.
Cohen, who is essentially the face of Bravo, stirred the ire of Black Twitter and Twitter account-less Black people by naming the feud between Amandla Stenberg and Kylie Jenner “Jackhole of the Day.”
And though we’re generally not here for social media beef, the exchange Stenberg and Jenner was far from a feud.
Amandla told the truth and Kylie responded by deflecting and name dropping.
In case you missed the discussion, over the weekend, we reported that Stenberg commented on a picture of Kylie Jenner wearing cornrows, saying:
“When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter.”
I see no lies.
“Mad if I don’t, Mad if I do…. Go hang w Jaden or something”
It’s no secret that the Kardashians have made a name for themselves and built an empire off the names of Black men and the features of Black women. (I’ll be sure to provide an in depth list later.)
But Andy Cohen did not appreciate the exchange.
“Today’s Jackhole goes to the Instagram feud between Kylie Jenner and Hunger Games star/Jaden Smith’s prom date Amandla Stenberg who criticized Kylie for her cornrows, calling it cultural appropriation. White girls in cornrows… is it OK or nay, Laverne and Andre?”
Well, Black folk aren’t happy about this. And many, specifically on Twitter, have been calling for a boycott of the Bravo network.
— Ahsoka Maven (@scifimaven) July 14, 2015
— amberwavesofgray (@amberwavesgray) July 14, 2015
— gee saint (@luvlygeenius) July 14, 2015
In defense against claims that he called Stenberg herself a jackhole, Cohen tweeted:
To clarify, I gave the jackhole to an online feud & certainly not to the topic or to any individual. I ironically hate online feuds.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) July 14, 2015
I get that he might not have been trying to attack Stenberg personally and was instead labeling this so-called feud jackhol-ish. But, first, this was not a feud. And second, failing to address the issue of cultural appropriation is problematic; particularly, as one Twitter user noted, for a White man who makes good money off of Black women’s culture, stories, style and dysfunction.
Why when a Black women brings up a topic of discussion is it immediately labeled as aggressive? Why didn’t Andy see this for what it was, Amandla attempting, through social media, to educate Kylie about her privilege? We can argue about the medium she chose all day long but her words were not aggressive.
Furthermore, insult was added to injury when Cohen’s two Black panelists of the evening Laverne Cox and Andre Leon Talley joined in on the discussion. Both have been activists in their own realms. Talley has spoken consistently about racism in the fashion industry and Cox is nothing short of an activist for Trans rights, specifically highlighting the injustices trans women of color face.
So, it is deeply disappointing that neither one of these people used this moment, this platform to not only stand with Amandla but also on the side of truth.
When Cohen asked Cox and Talley if there was something wrong with White women wearing cornrows, Talley said they were “fine” and Cox said, “Umm…Bo Derek.”
That’s exactly the issue.
Black women had been wearing cornrows for years, centuries even. Suddenly, Bo Derek dons them and it’s all the rage. And Bo Derek, a White woman is often credited for making the style hot.
Y’all may think this discussion about Bo Derek and Kylie Jenner’s hair is trivial. But it’s bigger than this hairstyle.
For far too long White people have not only been taking credit for our brilliance they’ve been profiting off of it, at the expense of Black people, the people who created it. It is a devastating, crushing feeling to be ignored or dismissed and then later see that your contributions are being appreciated and applauded when it is being packaged and delivered through White skin.
And it further perpetuates the myth of Black inferiority.
I’m not surprised Andy Cohen didn’t see that. But Laverne and Andre Leon Talley should have known better.
Why make your relationship sanctified in the eyes of the law and God when you can keep it going for years and years as a glorified boyfriend or girlfriend?
Swap out a marriage license for a love contract detailing clauses – not vows – and if both parties “agree,” then voila! You have entered a contractual relationship agreement.
Or essentially, marriage with much less effort.
Diddy’s latest admission during a promo run at Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live! of still not having a desire to get married is admirable. Think about it. We expect celebrities to skirt around personal matters when their opinions do not necessarily align with the majority. And yes, a majority of women would expect a successful, 45-year-old man to get on TV and say he’s finally ready to settle down with a good woman. But low and behold, Diddy is not. However, he is willing to put some things in writing, including financial plans and sign with his heart on the dotted line.
“I don’t know [if I’ll ever get married]. It’s the whole thing of; I think you have to be ready for it because it’s somebody else’s heart involved. That’s just a lot of responsibility and I don’t want to be going to court and having somebody interfere in my relationship. So I’d rather just do the ‘Goldie Hawn.’ But I will give a contract. I will commit to a contract, a love contract.
I’m talking about where there’s some money involved too if there’re any problems. You have to have an agreement. You can’t just love somebody, take them and y’all just part.
No honestly, I just don’t think I’m ready right now [for marriage], but I’m a great boyfriend.”
If this arrangement happens to work for Diddy and his longtime girlfriend, Cassie, then they should go for it. But I’m hoping we won’t look at this as a new trend to champion. The music mogul’s “love contract” is the 21st-century attempt at a marriage license without the City Hall trip and Say Yes To The Dress moment. All the perks of a matrimonial union without the messiness. But if Cassie would prefer to be married and have that commitment, she may be selling herself short.
I would love to see what their particular love contract details. What is written under the clause for infidelity? What happens if the riches dry up? Will his life insurance be transferable if, knock on wood, she is to become sick or vice versa? What freedoms does this love contract allow that beat traditional marriage?
What is so interesting about all of is that during Diddy’s interview with Cohen, he mentioned that in marriage, somebody else’s heart is involved. But with or without a ring, in any healthy relationship, two hearts are involved and will feel great amounts of hurt and pain if the union ends.
I am happy for Diddy and Cassie, but I won’t be looking to them for relationship goals. I’m sorry, but I refuse to believe that marriage is a thing of the past. Why not call a spade, a spade? If you’re going to go play married with all of these contracts and stipulations, why not just get married? Diddy says he may not be ready now, but it doesn’t seem like he will ever be ready if we’re being honest.
A relationship – married or not – is a love contract in its own right. And while I’m glad that Diddy and Cassie are still going strong and make their relationship work for them, I just wish people would stop skirting around commitment and celebrate love head first.
Online civil rights group Color Of Change is calling for for Andy Cohen and the Bravo Television Network to longer profit by airing physical fights between Black people. In an emailed statement, the activist group detailed how the television network negatively portrays black women in particular physically assaulting one another other which translates into great ratings and even larger dollars for the cable channel. Noting the fights between cast members Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore on the “Real Housewives of Altanta” as well as Geneva Thomas and Melyssa Ford’s “Blood, Sweat And Heels” brawl, Color Of Change’s Managing Director of Campaigns Arisha Hatch stated:
“Violence involving Black cast members has become a reliable ratings boost for Bravo. Prior to last season’s reunion show altercation, major brawls on shows like The New Atlanta and Married to Medicine were aired with much fanfare, hyped up as must-see television events.
Bravo is not at the mercy of the behavior of the casts of its shows. Reality TV producers routinely utilize staged, hostile environments and specific editing strategies to conjure the story they wish to tell. We demand Bravo and Andy Cohen turn away from these stereotypical narratives, and stop profiting from violence involving Black people.
Judging by recent reports of yet another massive brawl during taping for the upcoming season of Bravo’s Blood, Sweat, and Heels, it seems there’s no end in sight for Bravo’s reliance on dangerous stereotypes. During that fight, between Black castmates Geneva Thomas and Melyssa Ford, a bottle was reportedly smashed over Ford’s head, sending her to the hospital. Thomas has since been arrested. Under no circumstances should Bravo air this or any other fights involving Black people.
Stereotypical portrayals of Black people — as angry, belligerent, and violent — are dangerous, shaping negative perceptions in the minds of viewers that, when acted upon, can mean real life harm for Black communities; discriminatory hiring practices, less attention from doctors, and harsher treatment by law enforcement, just to name a few. Bravo and Andy Cohen must move beyond these harmful, one-dimensional portrayals.”
Earlier this month, Geneva Thomas injured cast member Melyssa Ford when she allegedly hit her in the head with an alcohol bottle while Bravo was filming for the second season of their reality show. Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore’s fight was captured on air during last season’s Real Housewives of Atlanta’s reunion special. There is no word if Geneva Thomas and Melyssa Ford’s altercation will air.
Do you think Bravo will change their portrayal of black women or will the ratings continue to drive up the drama between cast members?
“After a long season of filming, and giving my all, I was blindsided by the announcement from the network that I was demoted from ‘Housewife Status,’ but would remain on the show in a ‘Friend’ capacity,” Porsha said in a statement in October.
However, according to Bravo executive and personality Andy Cohen, her all simply wasn’t enough this season.
“I will say two things about it,” he said during a webisode of “Ask Andy.” It had nothing to do with anything that happened at the reunion last season, I just want to make that clear. Really, it was more about the amount of story that we got from Porsha this season, as we were shooting.
We went into it assuming that she was going to be a full housewife, holding peach. We just haven’t gotten enough to merit that, so she’s going to be in the show a lot. We love her. I hope she’s on Bravo, you know, endlessly. #TeamPorsha will still be happy to see Porsha.”
During last night’s premiere, Porsha seemed to hold a fairly significant role. Hopefully, things will turn around for her by next season.
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Porsha says she was blindsided by her recent demotion on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” And that’s probably the truth because judging by a recent interview with Andy Cohen during his online “Ask Andy” segment, the people wanted to know.
And Andy obliged.
“It had nothing to do with anything that happened at the reunion last season. Really, it was about the amount of story we got from Porsha this season. We went into it assuming she would be a full housewife, holding a peach. We just haven’t gotten enough to merit that. She’s going to be in it a lot. We love her. I hope she’ll be on Bravo endlessly.”
Well there you have it. That was just a nice and drawn out way of saying that homegirl was a bit boring. And then there was the fact that Claudia Jordan came in ready to turn all the way up.
While in the real world it’s a good thing to be too boring for reality tv, when you’re trying to get that check it can be a bit problematic. Luckily, Porsha has another source of income flowing in. But it will be interesting to see if Porsha decides to turn it up for the next season so she can be back in the forefront.