Does Your Self-Worth Cost More Than A Catchy Tune? Slut Shaming Will Cost You

July 13, 2015  |  

Has the time finally come for us to not buy into slut-shaming? Sure songs like “Loyal” have a catchy beat, but why do entertainers constantly feel the need to refer to a woman as a ho, slut, or b$#%h? Do their lyrics reflect a general lack of home training, respect for women, or all of the above?

Rapper 2 Chainz is making headlines for his social media comments that refer to a woman as a “THOT.” In case you aren’t familiar with the lingo, a “THOT” is an acronym for “that ho over there.” The rapper “thought” it was a good idea to poke fun at Christine Chisholm, a woman reportedly backstage to visit a member of his entourage, by making a video with the hashtag #IsThisYoTHOT. The 3:17 video has received millions of views.

Needless to say his antics didn’t sit very well with Chisholm. She’s now suing him for $5 million. If you lost your job due to alleged foolishness, would you think it’s fair to hit the person responsible in their pockets? Should women in general feel empowered to impact an entertainer’s wallet if they stand for something suspect?

Talk show host Wendy Williams might have to disagree.

“I’m on 2 Chainz’s side,” Williams declares on a recent Hot Topics segment. “That is not a reason to have a $5 million lawsuit.”

“If you are that word, then maybe you get offended. If you’re not, brush that off and keep it moving,” Williams said. “Our legal system is a mess already. They don’t need to be tied up in red tape with a woman suing for $5 million over being called a name.”

What about suing for $5 million because a rapper exploited a sex tape you’re in to get back at someone?

In the case of Lastonia Leviston (she has a child with Rick Ross), the court saw in her favor against 50 Cent. The rapper and Power executive producer leaked a sex tape with Lastonia and a previous boyfriend in efforts to get back at Rick Ross. Who knows why on earth someone would do something like this, but ol’ Curtis is gonna learn today. Maybe this is one of the reasons why he just filed for bankruptcy? When you do something this sleazy, you need to pay.

I’ll be the first one to admit there are certain things I wouldn’t do (even in private) because it might have a negative impact on my personal brand — not to mention go against certain beliefs. However, that doesn’t mean something as intimate as a sex tape gets published without the person’s consent (still can’t get over that).

The bottom line to the moral of this story — and business for that matter — is you should put your money where you convictions are. Sex sells in this society. Entertainers and decision makers will continue to push the envelope and exploit whoever they deem necessary in order to continue making money. At least things like lawsuits (even if you disagree) are a shift in a new direction. Those affected aren’t going to be quiet and will make their voices heard.

Trending on MadameNoire

Comment Disclaimer: Comments that contain profane or derogatory language, video links or exceed 200 words will require approval by a moderator before appearing in the comment section. XOXO-MN