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If you thought we, as in black women, had a problem with our reality TV presence, Adam Levine’s recent outlash at the TLC show “Honey Boo Boo” has completed eclipsed any of our concerns. As part of GQ magazine’s Punch List, the singer made no effort to hold his tongue when asked what’s scarier, waking up not famous or waking up as one of Honey Boo Boo‘s parents? Brace for his response.
Seriously, Honey Boo Boo is the DECAY of Western civilization. Just because so many people watch the show doesn’t mean it’s good. So many people witness atrocities and can’t take their eyes away from them, but that doesn’t mean they’re good.
That show is literally The. Worst. Thing. That’s. Ever. Happened. It’s complete f**king ignorance and the most despicable way to treat your kids. F**k those people. You can put that in the magazine: F**k those idiots. They’re just the worst. Sorry, I’m so sensitive to that—like, I don’t know, man, it’s upsetting. Just to clarify, I said, “F**K THOSE PEOPLE.”
I mean we’ve got some ratchet things going on in television, but no one ever approached the situation quite this way. While we’re trying to figure out how much folks like Joseline and Mimi are supposedly setting us back, Adam is just like eff those people. Maybe that’s the best way to approach it. No need to try to explain the ratchetry, just eff it.
Do you think Adam is being too harsh or is he on point about Honey Boo and ‘dem being the decline of western civilization?
Remember in Save the Last Dance where Kerry Washington’s character, Chenille, told Julia Stiles (Sara) that black people and white people live in two different worlds? Julia Stiles quickly blurted, “There’s only one world, Chenille!” to which she responded, “That’s what they teach you. We know different.” Whew! Now, I can’t say I completely agree with Chenille, but I will say there are plenty elements about black culture and heritage that a lot of white people know very little to nothing about. And since we don’t have time to educate all of the world’s ignorant, there may be so behaviors we don’t exhibit in the presence of those who just might not understand. Click on to see what I mean.
Being one of a few, if not the only black person, at your job can be everything from annoying to straight up stressful. This is nothing new. If you’ve grown up in diverse environments, you know just how ignorant people can be when it comes to communicating with people of color. Actress, Kim Williams, feels our pain. Which is why she’s created a new webseries called, The Unwritten Rules. The series, humorously explores the challenges (specifically ignorane and stereotypes) an African American woman faces in a predominately white work place. She recently debuted her first episode.
Check it out and let us know if you can relate…
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To say you’re surprised by anything ignorant that comes out of the mouth of talk show host and conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh is pretty crazy at this point. It’s like sitting in front of your window expecting the sun to come up–why pay attention when you know it’s going to happen? He was born to be a scoundrel–he is the chosen one. From calling President Obama “Barack the Magic Negro” to making claims that actor Michael J. Fox, who has Parkinson’s disease, was exaggerating the severity of his illness in an ad for stem cell research to gain sympathy, it’s clear that Limbaugh is the big, immature and insensitive kid who just wasn’t given that talk about common sense, and you know…home training.
But I guess he crossed a whole new line with people after he called law student Sandra Fluke a “S**t,” “prostitute” and “feminazi” because she went in front of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to get support for health coverage for contraceptives. BAD move. Doesn’t he know who runs the world? (Girls!) Since making those remarks last week, his sponsors have been running like Usain Bolt away from his show and everything that represents Limbaugh. Although he has tried to offer multiple phony and lame apologies, ones that came out of pressure but not true remorse, folks still aren’t having it. So instead of backing away from his comments, Limbaugh has decided to do what too many white men with a microphone and a huge audience like to do when they have their back against a wall with sponsors and the public in general–blame rap music.
While defending his comments (and no longer running from them), Limbaugh had the following to say according to MTV: “Talk about a double standard,’’ Limbaugh said. “Rappers can say anything they want about women. It’s called art. And they win awards.’’
…*Bursts into laughter* Really Rush? Really? Is that all you could think of?
I mean, let’s be real about it, this is a subject we’ve talked about numerous times. Do many rappers consistently degrade women and call them things much worse than “sluts” and “prostitutes” in their lyrics? Yes, often. After watching a video of rapper Game and his crew push a woman off the stage after groping her when she refused to pull down her shirt, it’s clear some men getting paid for their “talents” and rhymes need to rethink their behavior and their lyrics. However, when are grown a** radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Don Imus going to stop blaming rappers they don’t listen to and know not a darn thing about for their disrespectful, hateful and simple-minded comments? It’s so played out to go after the group of people that mainstream America loves to dance to one day, and then bash the next.
What’s really up with this 61-year-old man blaming Gucci, Lil Wayne, Kanye (hell, even Nicki) and a slew of other rappers for the fact that he can’t stand to see a strong woman fight for a cause that he doesn’t agree with? And to see Don Imus’ archaic behind having the nerve to to call Limbaugh an insincere pig for his attack on Fluke almost made me want to throw up my Cap’N Crunch this morning. So it’s not okay for him to call this young, educated and strong white woman a “s**t,” but you had all the reason in the world to call a probably equally educated and strong group of black female basketball players nappy headed hoes and then
deflect the focus to Jay-Z? Yeah, both of these men have the game all wrong.
It’s pretty clear we live in a world where many men don’t have much respect for women at all: rappers, political pundits, men on the street in general. I could sit around and cry a river over it, but I’m fairly sure that this was something we all knew already. Hearing enough conversations and excuses as to why men shouldn’t give up their seats on trains and open doors and Facebook essays on why a woman’s outfit could be asking for sexual assault proves that. And that’s the root of Limbaugh’s comments, his huge lack of respect for women and other people in general who don’t agree with his views and tirades.
In my mind, when something that vile comes out of your mouth, chances are, you truly mean it. So Rush, either stand up like a man and apologize if you feel bad, or don’t and stand by your words, but at 61 years of age, you and all these other loose-lipped old white men with power and influence need to stop blaming others for your racist and sexist actions. While Yeezy, Wacka, and especially Game might have a long way to go with showing respect for women in their lyrics, they didn’t advise you to call her a “s**t,” so stop running from the real problem and using black men as your scapegoat. Because seriously, if I asked him to name 10 of his favorite rappers, he’d probably draw a blank after one. Come on Rush, suck it up and finally, FINALLY take the consequences of your actions–or make that words–like a man.
I don’t what’s more disturbing about this video of students at Brigham Young University being quized on black history—the terrible and unnecessary blackface the comedian asking the questions is in or the ridiculous answers that are being given.
BYU is one of the least diverse campuses in the US, with only 176 black students out of the 30,000 student population, so it’s not surprising Dave Ackerman thought this would be the place to get “hilarious” responses to questions about black history. The video experiment shows students have no idea when Black History Month is—including a black student (SMH), they can’t name historical figures besides Martin Luther King and Malcolm X—no Samuel L. Jackson does not count, and they celebrate the month by listening to Jay-Z.
Unfortunately, the interview doesn’t stop with questions, Ackerman also asks students to imitate how black guys and black girls act and gets their thoughts on interracial dating. In the end, Ackerman says he finds it disturbing that only three people commented that he wasn’t really black but I find it more disturbing that he thinks this experiment really achieved his goal of fighting ignorance with ignorance. Looks like another excuse to get away with wearing blackface.
Check out the video and tell us what you think. Does this serve any purpose as far as educating BYU students?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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We are all bound to be naive about one thing or another, many times over. After all, naivete is the natural companion to “no one knows everything.” For instance, I have no idea how many licks it really takes to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop. And quite frankly, I don’t give a damn.
Ignorance, furthermore, is more debilitating. What’s fascinating is that you don’t have to do anything to be ignorant. In fact, the less you do, the better you get at it. It’s a popular choice for many. Which is why ignorance is one of the most debilitating human qualities plaguing life on the planet.
But if you’re a television executive, there’s money to be made in showcasing the depths of character that exists in all the blissfully ignorant people out there. Who else would sell their privacy and their good name for a ticket to New York to appear on Maury Povich.
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