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It only took a matter of days before outrage over what has been called “the most racist commercial in history” for PepsiCo to pull a Mountain Dew commercial. The clip has been accused of being racism and advocating violence toward women. The 60-second spot shows a badly battered woman on crutches who is being urged by a cop to pick a suspect out of a police lineup of five African-American men and a goat named Felicia.
Members of the music group Odd Future star in the commercial, which is part of a video series created by the alternative hip-hop ensemble’s co-founder, Tyler, The Creator. During the spot, the goat Felicia—in a supposedly black male voice—hurls such threats at the battered woman as “snitches get stitches, fool,” “keep your mouth shut” and “I’m going to get out of here and do you up.”
Social commentator Dr. Boyce Watkins went as far as calling the commercial “arguably the most racist commercial in history.”
“We understand how this video could be perceived by some as offensive, and we apologize to those who were offended,” a PepsiCo spokesperson told AdWeek. “We have removed the video from all Mountain Dew channels and have been informed that Tyler is removing it from his channels as well.”
Black Voices compiled some of the comments that have been posted in response to the ad. A sample:
“…fools must exist among us. It’s a fact of life. But when corporate businesses give said fools corporate cash to continue racial stereotypes as a way to appeal to consumers, well, that kind of validation hurts all of us in the long run.”
Mountain Dew also came under press recently to sever its partnership with Lil Wayne after the rapper made a lewd reference to Emmett Till in a song. Lil Wayne has apologized to the Till family.
With a new Rihanna-like haircut and a signature “tongue out the mouth” pose, Miley Cyrus has been photographed with more rappers than Debra Lee at a BET awards show. This isn’t new though, Miley has always loved her rappers (even though she shouted Jay-Z out in a song despite never having listened to his music. Oops.) Yes, she has a boyfriend, but where is he? From Juicy J to Pharell, check out this list of rappers Miley Cyrus might be dating in 2013.
The end of 2012 was all for Juicy J due to his smash hit, “Bandz A Make Her Dance”. Miley must be getting the memo because she’s been photographed all over instagram with the former (or recent) member of 3 6 Mafia. Bandz might make Miley Dance this spring.
There’s something very hot about a guy who looks like your everyday Joe Schmo and then pulls off his shirt to show…BLOW BLING BLOW: abs of perfection, poppin’ pecs and biceps and triceps that could hurt a fool that comes very incorrect at you. You know, the modern day Popeye. It’s also something that could make you give a certain celebrity the eye when you weren’t really paying them any mind before. Check out these 10 fellas and you’ll know what I mean…
And to think, I’ve never looked at Miguel as anything but the guy with the great voice who sings “Sure Thing” and “Adorn,” the new baby-making jams. But who knew he had a body like this? The singer showcased his very well put together biceps and triceps, and a nice set of abs that I think we can all appreciate. Heeeeey Miguel!
So while you all were enjoying your burnt hot dogs and busting illegal fireworks outside of my window at exactly 1:24 a.m., Frank Ocean celebrated his independence after publicly revealing that he’d had a romantic relationship with another man and was bisexual.
In a very heartfelt and beautifully written letter posted Wednesday morning on his Tumblr page, Ocean sought to clarify the rumors that a few of the love ballads on his soon to be released debut album, entitled Channel Orange, were intended for a male love interest. In the letter, Ocean writes:
“4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Every day almost, and on the day we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling. No choice. It was my first love, it changed my life.”
Ocean went on to say that he thought about the women he had been with and thought he was in love with and the love songs he listened to and “realized they were written in a language I did not yet speak.” Ocean wrote in his closing. “I feel like a free man. If I listen closely. I can hear the sky falling too.”
One of the first Hip-Hop community insiders to speak on the matter was Russell Simmons, who wrote on Global Grind, “Today is a big day for hip-hop. It is a day that will define who we really are. How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we? I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean….”
Others outside the Hip-Hop community are speculating about what impact his announcement will have on his career including questions about how the genre and its fans, which are said to be notoriously homophobic, will react to his lifestyle. But within this mix of congratulatory pats on the back and questions about what the future holds for the singer/songwriter/rapper, there is a certain level of incongruity in his declaration of sexual freedom and what Frank Ocean represents.
Ocean, who is probably most known on the R&B front for the hit song “Novacane” and for appearing with Jay-Z and Kanye West as one of the few features on Watch the Throne, is a part of the collective, Odd Future Wolfgang Kill Them All, or OFWGKTA, an alternative, suburban black skater boy/girl rap group, known for saying some pretty outlandish stuff. And when I say outlandish, that includes lacing their lyrics with the kind of homophobic, anti-black and female debasement glee that could probably make Lil’ Wayne blush (maybe that’s why he’s a fan). The leader and co-founder of this clique is Tyler the Creator, who uses multiple personas to exhibit his creativity as well as his angst. One such alter-ego is Wolf Haley, a white ginger (e.g. red-haired) kid, whom he said that he always wanted to be. It may be this persona, which causes him to refer to himself as a self-racist or to use his Twitter feed and rhymes as platforms for anti-gay slurs and references. And when he is not calling people f****ts or even berating himself, his targets include veteran female emcees such as Rah Digga, who he once called a dude, and MC Lyte, who he called a “dyke.”
(Rolling Out) — Lower the curtains and turn out the lights. It’s over. In a news update that can only be filed under ‘prostitution of principles’ and causes mad head scratching, Tyler the Creator raps under an alter ego which is a derogatory term used to demean and humiliate black people: Young N*gga. Worse, this move was signed off on by Tyler the Creator’s major record label, Sony/RED this past year, who signed the social malt liquor artist and his band of cultural misfits, Odd Future, earlier this year.