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Should Nicki Minaj Address The Orlando Shooting?

June 16th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Should Nicki Minaj Address The Orlando Shooting?

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Last night, Nicki Minaj garnered quite a bit of attention on Twitter. It all started when the rapper tweeted about her new song with DJ Mustard and Jeremih.

Shortly, after Johnny, a fan, had a question for her.

A few minutes later, Johnny upped the ante @ mentioning her to ask if she were going to speak up and out.

Nicki didn’t take too kindly to that. And while she had been following this fan before, once she saw the tweet she unfollowed.

Johnny took a screenshot and posted it on his Twitter page, drawing even more attention to the discussion.

Should Nicki Minaj Address The Orlando Shooting?

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While Nicki didn’t appreciate being called out, there were several people who supported Johnny’s question, asking why wouldn’t Nicki say anything about a tragedy directly affecting the community that so heavily supports her art and career. They even mentioned that since Nicki has been so vocal about so many other incidents, including being discriminated against by the VMAs, it’s odd that she would be so silent here.

Nicki’s involvement in the debate didn’t stop when she unfollowed Johnny. She then started liking the tweets of those who supported her, particularly someone who wrote: “I would unfollow someone too for telling me what/what not to tweet.”

Later, she responded directly to the criticism.

There are a few questions here. Should Nicki Minaj have addressed the Orlando shooting? Was the fan out of line for asking her to do so? And, what can we learn from this incident?

If you think about the history of Nicki Minaj’s career, you may remember that there was a time when people thought– and she herself even alluded to being gay or bisexual. Later, I read that the decision to promote her as a sometimey-lesbian was to help sell records. Kind of like her then-manager’s decision to change her last name from Maraj to Minaj. It makes one think of sex. And sex, ladies and gentlemen, sells. In an interview with Out magazine from 2010, Nicki admits that while she hated having to change her name, she went with it. And then, in an attempt to keep creepy men away from her, she started catering to her female fans, still selling sex.

She told Out,

“I started making it my business to say things that would empower women, like, ‘Where my bad bitches at?’ to let them know, ‘I’m here for you,’ ‘ she says. ‘Then, when I started going to the shows and it was nothing but girls, it was like, Did I go too far with embracing my girls? Because now they want to kiss and hug me.”

Then there were the lyrics.

“I’m not gay/but let’s be precise/‘cause if she pretty then watch it/‘cause I’mma be f*cking your wife.” – “Danny Glover”

“Excuse me little mama/But you could say I’m on duty/I’m lookin’ for a cutie/A real big o’ ghetto booty/I really like your kitty kat/And if you let me touch her/I know you’re not a bluffer/I’ll take you to go see” – “Little Freak”

“I only stop for pedestrians or a real, real bad lesbian.”– “Go Hard”

But during an interview with Black Men, Nicki Minaj wanted to set the record straight. “I don’t date women and I don’t have sex with women.”

Basically, she pretended to be gay or bisexual in order to generate buzz around her name. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the term is “Gay for Pay.” I don’t think it’s an exaggeration, considering she exploited the community, gained their loyalty and support to appear controversial, edgy and sell records. It’s similar to the ways in which networks like Fox and The WB padded their primetime lineups with Black shows to gain viewers back in the ’90’s, only to drop all of them and replace them with predominately White shows.

Still, should fans, gay and straight alike, be looking to Nicki Minaj as some type of leader or spokesperson in the LGBTQI community? Probably not. Nicki Minaj is an artist. Not a politician. And while some celebrities do a great job of entertaining us as well as raising awareness or speaking truth to power, (looking at you Jesse Williams), everyone can’t take up that mantle.

But, as some of her fans mentioned, it’s not like Nicki doesn’t speak out about any pressing issue, regarding a minority or disenfranchised group. Many of us remember how she sparked a national discussion after her video for “Anaconda” wasn’t nominated for best choreography or video of the year at the Video Music Awards. 

It just so happened that she was speaking out on behalf of herself and women who look like her, Black women with thickness. Point is, she’s not against using her platform. It just has to be for her personal gain…or to be messy.

We all remember the series of tweets, on several different occasions, about not only her breakup with Safaree but attacks on his character, the most recent one popping up just last month.

Still, I don’t think people should tell celebrities what they should tweet. I’m not about people trying to control or manipulate any woman’s voice. After all, that’s what happened with Nicki with the very name we call her by today. We can’t do things just because they will appease or appeal to other people. We all have free will. And if someone has to ask you to tweet about a tragedy, is it really sincere?

Many people wondered what a tweet from Nicki Minaj might have done. There were still 49 people who died as a result of that mass shooting. Her words wouldn’t change that. And that’s true. But, with her platform, you don’t know who her words might have reached, what type of encouragement and support they might have offered to one of her countless LGBTQI fans.

What this boy was doing with his tweet was the same thing Black folk do with Hip Hop and R&B artists, athletes, public figures and even the President of the United States, asking them to honor and support the people who have made their careers possible. And there’s nothing wrong with that. At the end of the day, Nicki Minaj doesn’t owe her fans anything. And they certainly don’t owe her their loyalty if they feel like she makes money from their identity and their community but won’t stand up for their issues. It’s exactly why Iggy Azalea, with her blaccent, was taken to task when she, after a string of murders of unarmed Black men and women by law enforcement, remained silent.

Things only got worse when she confirmed that the was unbothered by the attention her lack of response had garnered.

 

I can’t be the only one who thinks crying-laughing and kissy face emojis are a tad insensitive in reference to this discussion about the senseless loss of life.

If she weren’t going to issue a statement about the shooting, cosigning to being unbothered just seems unnecessary…and petty.

We really shouldn’t be surprised by any of it, honestly.

As of late, petty is a part of Nicki’s persona, particularly online. The only difference is, when it was directed at MTV, Safaree or Miley Cyrus, I’m willing to bet many of the same fans who are upset with her now, were chuckling and cosigning her behavior then. People have a tendency to celebrate foolishness until it hits them personally. Furthermore, if Nicki could publicly call a man she loved for over a decade a “poor excuse of a man,” we shouldn’t be surprised by what many are interpreting as a lack of support for the LGBTQI community. At the end of the day, Nicki Minaj is about Nicki Minaj. She was about herself when she alluded to being bisexual to get people talking about her. Though it was a valid discussion, she was about herself when she called out the VMAs. She was about herself when she used both her breakup and new relationship with Meek Mill to keep her name and face in the news. And she was certainly about herself when she rebuffed a question, unfollowed a fan, played petty, and posted emojis in a Twitter moment that could have either been completely ignored or turned into an opportunity for a real discussion.

Elle Varner Doesn’t Need To Be “Cancelled” But Her Comments Were Problematic

June 9th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Elle Varner Doesn't Need To Be "Cancelled" But Her Comments Were Problematic

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Elle Varner is an exceptionally talented artist. But it’s not her vocals, guitar skills or even her song writing abilities that have had her trending on Twitter for the past two hours. Instead, it was an opinion she shared about appropriate dress for school-aged girls.

In the since-deleted Instagram post, Varner wrote this in response to a sign taped up somewhere.

I’m not sure exactly why this particular post spread so fast but it did. And the dragging was swift. Elle Varner, as you can see from the Tweet above, was declared cancelled.

Since this is the first time Elle Varner has gotten this much attention in the social media space, she took the time to respond to the backlash.

And then later.

Elle Varner Doesn't Need To Be "Cancelled" But Her Comments Were Problematic

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She also mentioned that she’d speak about this issue later in another venue.

I actually would prefer that she didn’t.

First, it seemed that Elle Varner looked at that sign and went completely left, missing the point all together. I’ve read her statement a few times now and I still can’t understand how we made the leap from girls in school to slut culture. No little girl is a slut. Even if a child is seeking to gain the attention of boys—or even [predatory] men, it says more about our society and the messages girls receive about how to attract a boy or man than it does about her own morals.

Furthermore, the point of the slut movement, she’s seeking to discredit, is that the way a woman dresses shouldn’t make her nothing more than a sex object in the eyes of a man. Women deserve respect regardless of attire. And a short skirt doesn’t mean that you’re loose or provocative. Clothes don’t speak to character in that way.

The point of this post is that a visible bra strap or a pair of short shorts shouldn’t exclude you from a day’s worth of learning. It sends the message that a boy potentially being distracted by your attire, takes precedence over your education. And that’s just not the case. His right to an education is no more important than a young lady’s.

To me, this is yet another example of the ways in which boys and then men are taught never to take responsibility for their actions. Elle Varner mentioned the “birds and the bees,” puberty and hormones and the natural attraction boys will feel toward their classmates. But as my father told me, when I was in middle school, these little boys will get an erection when the wind blows. It is natural. But we have a lot of natural urges that we have to learn to check and even suppress in order to be functioning members of society.

If young boys don’t learn to view women outside of the context of sex, when will they learn? It’s this type of attitude, the tendency to believe women exist only to fulfill a sexual pleasure that contributes to the campus rape epidemic. It’s the reason men cuss you out in the street— or kill you— when you don’t respond favorably to their advances. They feel entitled to you, your time, your attention, your body, and even your kindness, as a woman. For far too many men, a woman expressing her disinterest in being a part of his fantasy is like a machine malfunctioning, aggravating and useless.

Whether we know it or not, these behaviors are learned early. And instead of attempting to shame young girls for the implications behind their fashion choices, we should be teaching boys and men how to stop rationalizing their misogyny and change their thinking.

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Do We Know What Real Women Look Like These Days? Keke Palmer Gets Dragged For Makeup-Less Selfie

May 23rd, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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I’ll never forget my cousin’s second wife. Though he’s on his fifth one now, it was the second one who taught me a valuable lesson. She was a very attractive woman, face always beat to the nines. And one evening, she was giving my aunt a tutorial on her makeup routine. As I watched her, I was shocked by the amount of foundation she put on. Layer, after layer. And then what took me all the way out was when she proceeded to cover my aunt’s entire neck. I was mortified. And I vowed then and there that I would never be the type of woman who was scared to leave the house without makeup. I’d never be the type of woman to cover my neck with foundation.

I’m glad I made the choice because in today’s society we’re so conditioned to seeing women fully beat and done up, that when she shows herself, naturally, as she was born, without makeup or a filter, people have all types of questions. Is she sick? Is she on drugs? What happened?!

And to me, that’s really a sad statement.

We saw that very thing in action this weekend with Keke Palmer. The young actress posted this picture on Snapchat.

Keke Palmer Gets Dragged For Makeup-Less Selfie

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She was talking about her love of tanning. But after it went live, someone took a screenshot and the image went viral on Twitter. But people weren’t talking about the tanning. They were talking about Keke. People said she’d “fallen off,” that she was “washed.” They said she looked older than her real age. Some suggested that she was on drugs. Someone even through the word ‘disgusting’ out there.

Thankfully there were those who came to her defense, including singer K Michelle.

I’m glad somebody said it. I’m certainly not here to tell any woman how she should or shouldn’t dress or present herself to the world. But there is something wrong with people publicly shaming someone for their looks and suggesting that her natural appearance is wrong. It’s sentiments like this that keep the magazine industry photoshopping celebrities until they’re unrecognizable on their covers. It’s thoughts like this that make women, famous and not, scared to leave the house with a bare face, for fear that someone might hurl the same judgement they lodged at Keke onto them. Not to mention, women are the only ones who are taught to fix, adjust, enhance their natural selves when they step out of the house. Men can roll out of the bed with crust in their eyes, dirty, smelly balls, hair uncombed and be well-received.

And what’s even so hypocritical about it all is that the very same people who went in on this photo will be the same men telling women they like women natural, without makeup. It’s hard out here for us. So much so, you can’t even take a selfie sans a filter without people wanting to throw stones.

Love On Top: Twitter Claps Back At Hateful Responses To Old Navy Ad With Love

May 3rd, 2016 - By Dani Faust
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I’m sorry… what year is it? I could have sworn it was 2016, but judging by the response to Old Navy’s recent ad image on Twitter… we may actually be firmly entrenched in 1950 complete with all the delightfully ignorant hate and close-minded sensibilities.  Watch out for the water hoses y’all.

Old Navy used models depicting an interracial family on one of their latest posts on Twitter and their website, and all the racists came out to show their e-asses. Comments ranged from mildly miffed to thoroughly disgusted. I refuse to repeat what was said, if you enjoy ignorance you can go check it out on Twitter for yourself. People were acting like Old Navy really did something to them:

I was shocked that the response was so vitriolic. Hello… it’s an ad. These are models that just met each other 20 minutes before the shot was taken. Get a grip, hatemongers. They’re not trying to sell “race-mixing”… they’re trying to sell clothes.

Then I remembered the intellect level we were dealing with…

Not sure why I was surprised, really. That Cheerios commercial a few years back got such horrific responses. You remember the one, with the adorable girl (biracial) talking to her mom (white) and then we see her father (Black) in the last scene?  People lost their minds on that one. Cheerios had to disable comments wherever the video was posted.

My fellow interracially-attached folks clapped back this time though. It made me proud to see so many people who feel that love has no color representing their relationships in direct response to the haters. They flooded @Oldnavy/#OldNavy with their family photos, wedding photos, and it was beautiful to see love in all shades giving a big middle finger to the imbeciles. I personally enjoyed seeing the multi-generational photos of very mixed families, and older couples along with young interracial couples.

I used to not think anything of interracial couples. But now I like seeing other mixed race couples whether on TV, in an ad or in real life. Being married interracially, I’ve certainly dealt with my share of side-eye-worthy drama. I’ve dealt with comments about my kids, their coloring and features, my husband, the cowardly under-the-breath muffled comments, the looks of contempt/disgust and the staring…oh the incessant starting… ::sigh::

We face it now more than ever being in south Florida. I guess being NYC born and raised spoiled me. Experiences I’ve heard from other mixed-race couples like having to tell hostesses at restaurants “Yes, we’re together,” are now happening to us down here.

Happily, I haven’t dealt with such direct, brazenly-openly, hate-filled commentary like what was spewed forth toward Old Navy. (Except a couple times when my husband – the “White devil”- and I would walk by the Black Isrealites that set up shop on the streets of midtown Manhattan) I’m sure it’s because on the internet you’re “safe” to be as racist (and sexist, and homophobic, and Trump-supporting) as you want, without consequence.

I love me some social media, I mean as a professional blogger, it’s a huge part of how I earn a living… but social media really gives racist trolls a free pass to spray their stupid all over the rest of us. That, is not fair and in fact it’s dangerous.

I’m grown. I’ve been with my husband since I was 19-years-old. These comments don’t impact me too deeply other than with a bit of disgust and pity for the children of the person saying it. My concern with these twitter comments, is for the poisoning that these words can do to a curious young mind who has yet to really figure out where they stand on anything. My concern is for the nervous little 13-year-old kid with a crush on someone that’s a different color as they are or who wears a hijab, or is the same gender.

It would be a shame for some random tween to be googling for an Old Navy coupon and stumble upon the conversations surrounding the add and get sprayed with that kind of stupid.

My hats off to Old Navy for using models to portray an interracial family, though. They haven’t spoken out about the ad other than to say they’re proud of the message of “diversity and inclusion” and hey, why not? Interracial relationships are on the rise. Despite the attitudes and views of the trolls mentioned above, we are in 2016. It is completely okay, natural, beautiful, and as of 1967 – shout out to The Lovings  – legal to date and marry outside of your race.

 

#Dead: The Best Twitter Stories Ever

February 16th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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If you read Zola’s amazing Twitter story about her stripping trip gone wrong to Florida, you weren’t alone. Millions of Twitter users tuned in to hear this tale of ups and downs and near-death experiences. And when Zola’s fans heard that her real-life drama was turning into a movie directed by James Franco, we died all over again.

But Zola’s isn’t the only story that Twitter users can’t stop reading. From the woman who live-Tweeted a miscarriage to the story of Big Donk Susan, these Twitter stories kept readers scrolling and laughing all the way until the end. Get ready to settle in for a wild ride of amazing Twitter stories from the short and crazy to the nearly unbelievable.

Just don’t read them at work unless laughing out loud is OK with your boss. Or maybe just forward everyone these stories so you can all have a post-work laugh together at these 140-character hits.

Valentine’s Day Fails That Will Remind You Why It’s Great To Be Single

February 11th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Once upon a time, we thought that being single was the worst thing to be on Valentine’s Day. While everyone was flaunting their relationship status, we were home watching rom-coms and eating candy by our lonesome. But then we heard about these Valentine’s Day fails and realized that just because a person does have a date on the most romantic day of the year doesn’t mean it will actually be a romantic evening.

Everyone involved in these Valentine’s Day fails probably wishes that they had been single on February 14th. Get ready to laugh, shake your head, and thank your lucky stars after scrolling through.

What’s the worst Valentine’s Day you’ve ever had? Whether you received the worst Valentine’s Day gift of them all, or no Valentine’s Day gift, we want to hear about it. Share your story in the comment section so we can all laugh and feel a little better about the upcoming holiday.

From $200 To $12 Million: Can You Guess How Much These Celebrities Get Paid To Tweet?

February 8th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When you see a #ad pop up on your favorite celebrity feed, have you ever wondered just how much they get paid to share that product with their followers? As it turns out, not all celebrity tweets are treated equally. While one megastar once earned $12 million for a single tweet about bread (can you guess which one it was?), some stars make as little as a couple hundred bucks — less than some stars who are famous for having a presence on social media alone.

Where do the tweets on your timeline end up on the social media pay scale? The long story is that it depends. Celebrity marketability is all based on followers, fans, popularity and hot topics. And not all celebrities are actually being paid for their product recommendations. To find out who is who and which is which, read on to find out what some big stars are getting paid for their quick #ad tweets.

Bringing Up Old Ish: Deleted Celebrity Tweets We Can’t Forget About

February 2nd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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We all make social media mistakes. But when a politician shares a picture of his peen, and it leaks online, no one is likely to forget it anytime soon. Most of us are lucky enough not to have our statements and pictures saved and shared to make us look bad, but then again, there’s no one screenshotting our every word.

These celebrities tried to delete these regrettable 140-character tweets and pictures. Unfortunately for them, social media has a very long memory — especially when it comes to tweets as shocking as these. These stars shared too much, didn’t cover up enough and let slip some of the most hilarious and cringe-worthy moments on social media.

So let’s all take a moment to remember the social media moments that make following your favorite celebrity feeds worth it. We all slip up sometimes, and now it’s time to take a look at these infamous deleted celebrity Tweets that kept us glued to our screens.

Kanye Being Kanye: As A Dad, How Did He Think It Was Ok To Mention A Child In His Rant?

January 28th, 2016 - By Chuck Creekmur
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For the longest time, I kept my daughter out of social media. It was at least 10 years. After seeing the exchange between Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West and Amber Rose, I remember why. I would had to do something drastic over something like a tweet.

First of all, let’s run down what happened and why it was some of the most juvenile crap we’ve seen since the last juvenile crap we’ve seen from grown entertainment folk.

Wiz Khalifa, a 28-year old, world-renowned weed head, tweeted, “Hit this kk and become yourself.” Well, unbeknownst to Kanye…Wiz has his own brand of weed called “Khalifa Kush,” which he was promoting. Kanye clearly thought Wiz was saying “Lets all have sex with Kim Kardashian and become ourselves” or something. Regardless, the tweet lit a fire in Kanye.

Kanye West, 38, proceeds to go in on Wiz in ways that would illicit a violent response from a regular man when he ends his tirade mentioning Wiz’s ex and son. Remember, Kanye was in a long-term relationship with Amber Rose and, while they didn’t have a child, they seemed to be very much in love.

“You let a stripper trap you,” Kanye cruelly tweeted. “I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years.” This is the man that not only married Kim Kardashian but also will soon have two children with her. He continued, “You wouldn’t have a child if it wasn’t for me…You own waves???? I own your child!!!!” The day before Wiz had lightly disparaged Kanye over the new title of his album Waves, because it seemed to infringe on the trademarked swag of the infinitely wavy one incarcerated rapper Max-B.

Yes. I know this a lot for some of you. This is Hip-Hop 2016.

Perhaps I am old-school. I don’t really play when it comes to kids, mine or others. For a man with a lovely daughter and a son on the way, Kanye was incredibly insensitive. I am sure little Sebastian will know nothing of this for years to come, but I just feel it was wrong. The rant was epic, but it was all based on a misunderstanding.

And then, Amber Rose came in and shut everything down by revealing a nugget about her sex life with ‘Ye. Drumroll please…well, you can see it here. And then she tweeted…

Kanye asked for that one. Yeah, he did. Some have chided Amber Rose for this uppercut below the belt, as she has been a proponent of “slut-shaming.” How is she now going to shame Yeezy, because he may enjoy a finger in this nether-regions? Yes. I know this a lot for some of you.  For most of us…this is fun.

I am all for some good ol’ fashioned entertainment with a splash of foolishness. But, then Kanye went after Wiz’s kid, and his own ex-girlfriend. I guess all is fair in love, war and Twitter.

Amber Rose And When It’s Appropriate To Expose Your Ex’s Sexual Preferences

January 27th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Surely by now, you’ve seen the very nasty Twitter war going on between the love quadrilateral: Kanye, Amber Rose, Wiz Khalifa and Kim Kardashian.

In case you missed it, this all started when Kanye announced that he was changing the title of his forthcoming album…again. What once was Swish is now Waves. Wiz Khalifa thought Kanye was too out of touch with the culture to use that name. He said something about smoking on KK, Kanye took it to mean Kim Kardashian and all hell broke loose. Kanye was snapping.

In a very quick summation, Kanye said that Wiz stole his style from Kid Cudi, his music was wack and no one he knew ever listened to one of his albums in its entirety. Then things went from professional to personal.

“4th you let a stripper trap you”

“5th I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years.”

“12th You wouldn’t have a child if it wasn’t for me.”

“13th You own waves???? I own your child!!!!”

Sigh.

It got unnecessarily ugly for absolutely no reason.

And while Wiz has since been silent, it was Amber Rose who swooped in to save the day with a tweet that ended all discussion.

Done. Finished. Fin. Finito. Curtains.

Now, don’t get it twisted. I don’t believe a man who likes and enjoys anal play needs to be shamed for his preferences. I don’t believe it makes him gay. A man’s G spot is his prostrate gland. And even if it did make him gay, I would generally argue that an ex shouldn’t be the one to expose that.

But this situation right here, is a little different. In the case of Amber Rose and Kanye West, I’m literally and figuratively applauding her overshare.

Amber provided everything I could have hoped for in this situation because I love vengeance. And while it’s supposed to be the Lord’s, perhaps Amber got tired of waiting.

We all remember Kanye’s “30 showers” comment. Not only was it ironic considering his own wife’s sexual history but it was just completely foul and out of bounds considering Amber was once someone he loved. The man cried about this woman on an entire album only to turn around and act like her past as a stripper made her unworthy of compassion and human decency.

Amber could have ignored the little tiff between her estranged husband and her ex boyfriend. But the comments he made about owning her son, Sebastian were just despicable. They deserved a response and a strong one at that. And while it is a bit sad it took the homophobic culture of Hip Hop to make this diss come across so cleanly, I’m willing to make an exception in this case.

You can not speak ill of people’s children or pretend you have some type of claim over their lives. Because by that logic Ray J or Nick Cannon or Nick Lachey or Damon Thomas or Kris Humphries or Reggie Bush and a slew of other folks own North and Saint West.

They don’t. No one owns anyone.

I’m most proud and excited for Amber because Kanye seems to be under the impression that because he once dated and loved Amber that he can claim ownership over her, a fully grown woman, as if she were an object. I’m glad she let him know that she’s no longer going to remain silent and play victim to his shenanigans. The next time Kanye thinks about telling someone he owns them or their child, he should remember how Amber came for that a** with a cold, hard finger.