Young Thug, Steve Harvey And Other Famous Men Who Give Terrible Dating Advice To Women

October 10, 2017  |  
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So there I was, minding my business on Instagram, when my eyes were assaulted by a tweet from rapper Young Thug. The 26-year-old was trying to laud singer Monica’s marriage to Shannon Brown, while also attempting to give other women advice on making a man better:

The “Best Friend” rapper’s comments come days after his fiancée found out he was cheating on her with multiple women (including a friend) by checking through his second phone. She ended up putting all of the information on blast on the Internet. Instead of owning up to his faults, it seems the rapper, born Jeffrey Williams, would prefer to put the onus on women to help their men do right.

Complete trash right? I thought so too. But you’ve probably heard worse over the years. To tell the truth, plenty of men, particularly Black male entertainers, have tried to turn themselves into relationship gurus. Unfortunately though, their advice isn’t always received well, or generally, it’s just not good. See other times famous Black men offered relationship advice that was more confusing, hurtful and sometimes sexist than actually helpful.

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Steve Harvey

“[A man] is weak in some areas, and so he goes outside his relationship. But there are some things women do to contribute to this,” the Think Like a Man author said about cheating. “I have a chapter in the book talking about what a man has to have: support, loyalty, and ‘the cookie’ [sex]. If any of those things are missing, he’s going somewhere to get it, because he has to have it.”

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Tyrese

“I just think women’s approach to communication is very emotional and our approach to getting to know somebody is, we’re very focused on, in most cases, one thing unfortunately. That’s the truth,” the singer and Manology co-author said while promoting that book. “If you end up being an amazing woman and all of these other things, we’ll at some point discover that. But I think women should just chill out on talking too much and going into too many details about the things they’ve been through in the past when they’ve just men a man. It’s like ‘Shut it up.’ Shut it all the way up. Chill out. Just sit there, be beautiful, talk about spirituality and life and that type of thing. But don’t start saying, ‘He cheated on me. I caught him with my homegirl.’ It gets into this stuff that’s just too much information.”

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T.I.

“I’m on a mission … I’m striving to take my family, its name and our legacy as far and high as it can possibly go,” he told Angie Martinez. “In my life there will be two different things. There will be people, places and things that help me get there and there will be people, places and things that will distract me and deter me from getting there … It just seems to me marriage and what marriage means and what marriage does — its one of them things that’s going to distract me and deter me. That could be selfish.”

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Floyd Mayweather

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David Banner

Banner, like Floyd Mayweather, went the respectability politics route when it comes to dating advice.

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Slim Thug

“White women treat they man like a king and Black women feel like they ain’t gotta do that sh-t,” he wrote for Vibe. “Black women need to stand by their man more. Don’t always put the pressure of if I’m f–king with you, you gotta buy me this and that.”

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Kirk Franklin

You guys already know we weren’t crazy about Kirk Franklin’s advice that women should try and hold tight to their man through rough (as in THE roughest and quite disrespectful) of times.

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Boris Kodjoe

“Ok part of the deal is, you got to keep it sexy. Got to keep it hot because it’s easy getting married, but it’s not as easy to stay married,” Kodjoe explained about rulebreakers in marriage. “Part of that is, like, I make my wife, my girlfriend. She’s my girlfriend. So, we got to keep it sexy. If we keep it sexy, we keep it right, everything else falls into place.”

“What if I gained 200 pounds?” he continued. “And then she’ll look at me like, really? And I couldn’t even blame her if she started looking around. Because I took her off the market, so I have to deliver what the market could possibly deliver for her.”

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Trick Daddy

Like Slim Thug, Trick Daddy thought the best way to encourage women to “tighten up” was to compare us to white and Hispanic women:

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