Note this post is probably going to be long and in sections.
I. For those who watched the VMA’s (or didn’t) (I watched for the Nsync performance) you may have heard the very public outrage at Miley Cyrus very racy “performance”. Even in the past twenty four hours I have noticed that there are plenty a tittering about Miley Cyrus and how raunchy behavior. Some people are disgusted that this young woman would get on national television ( see the numerous yahoo articles) or some are busy venting about cultural misappropriation ( see the cyber mess magazine that is Clutch), I took the time after the let down of an Nsync performance to reflect on the greater issues ( yes they are there) at play.
The first thing I immediately noticed was the way hip hop won the majority of awards for the night. And many of the artists who were in these genres were not black people. Now I’m sure that some very *blind* people are going to have two very obvious reactions. The first will be that they will be thinking, “Yay finally hip hop has reached the mainstream!” or they are thinking ( and I heard this one the most frequently on a number of very stupid sites) “I’m so sick and tired of the “cultural misappropriation”. Unfortunately these black women haven’t had the appropriate response.
If you’re wondering what that is I’ll tell you:
YOU SHOULD BE TERRIFIED!
For starters (before I get into why you should be terrified) I’ll tell you that that I do not consider Hip Hop to be “black culture”. Until thirty years ago “hip hop” was nowhere to be found. Further, and more importantly the deviant behavior of a the MINIORITY of blacks has been thrust on to the rest of us.
Now. There are several reasons why black women should be terrified. As I was saying before the majority of the winners of the VMA’s had some sort of hip hop element. If you noticed most of these elements had some sort of deviant, sexist, overly sexual and blatant tone to them.
I’m sure that there are a few readers that don’t see the problem. Even a few ones that don’t realize why this spells trouble. For those smart enough to see in front of them, they know how hip hop as created carnage black women’s image in the media and how this dysfunctional behavior has been peddled AD NAUSEUM to until black women consider degradation the norm.
Black women should be terrified because this deviant trend Hip Hop degrading black women hasn’t stayed in the “black community” from the performances by artists at the VMA’s it is easy to see that this behavior (or degrading black women and their sexuality) has now become acceptable even lauded by the rest of the world.
Indeed black women need to be worried that the rest of the world has so willingly embraced this and it has now become a pastime to have black women as the course du jour in which they are only in the spotlight to do (what most people consider) “deviant” sexual acts, laughed at, and then put away again.
II. On another note black women should be worried that the music, which has been peddled in the black community, and highlights black women being called bitches and ho’s in now acceptable full stop by the rest of society to enjoy.
These artists like Lil Wayne, Drake, 2 Chainz etc who all built their careers on this have now been invited into public spheres and as some other bloggers have said have now been given a “platform” to spew their venom and hatred
I wrote about this phenomenon in my post Beware of Two Faced Harvey.
It is also important to note in this post the inner workings of interesectionality at play here. Two groups of people both black men and white women who usually complain about mass degradation by white men were the biggest groups of the night engaging in such behavior.
If you don’t believe me look up the lyrics to those 2 chainz songs that were being sung. You may have forgotten that these “squeaky wheels” enjoyed a night at the VMA’s using black women’s faces, images, likeness, and bodies as a way of maintaining their own privileged standing.
For those readers who don’t understand the title of my post it is simple. The “cockerel” namely the hip hop vehicle that has been used for decades as a way to torment and embarrass black women has been let into the “hen house” and now it has reached mainstream and it is impossible to eradicate it.
Unfortunately the people who had been warned that hip hop would ultimately destroy black women and men because of its roots in the most degenerate of black society was ignored and instead of being crushed it was coddled and allowed to flourish.
The black women and men who did and continue to live under the impression that “live and let live” was and is a good policy don’t seem to understand the concept that this never works because sooner or later one thing will overtake another.
In this case the cockerel to black women’s image before it had a chance to be salvaged.
Speaking of black women’s image, let’s talk for a moment about the fact that I still see a large majority of black women still playing Russian roulette and allowing other people to draw them in with a bit of fluff advertising and strategic interviews and “promises “ that this time will be the savior of all black women kind’s image.
What am I talking about?
When the show Twisted on ABC Family came out many black women pledged their loyalty to the show, because they believed that the black women on the show would be one of the major characters. Amusingly, if not a bit sadly these women fell old troll face and thought that they would be getting something.
As usual this didn’t happen and within episodes the black character was relegated back to being last string.
I have written about this in detail in my Black Women in Fandoms Series (check the my series’ tab at the top of the page to read).
Unfortunately these black women wasted their resources to give free promotions in the way of tumblrs, tweets, Facebook likes, articles, and blog posts which was able to catapult this show enough that it received more episodes in extension.
In this case black some of these black women weren’t very careful or critical before they started freely helping with promotion and now feel that they have been cheated.
In this case the cockerel ( a show that used black women to help maintain its popularity) was allowed onto tv without actually putting their money where their mouth was and black women who didn’t immediately pull their support, and now the show has a following.
These women are still pleading with the powers that be to be understood and given a chance and simply DO NOT GET why they are being overlooked. They simply won’t accept that this was always the plan, that the people running these shows will not change, they will not let go and move on to greener pastures and take their money/ resources with them.
So where does that this leave black women? Well for starters I’d like to give black women a few reminders.
- Stay out of the conversations that have to do with Miley Cyrus and the debacle that was her performance. Be sure that connecting yourself with the behaviors connected with the women at the VMA’s and their “twerking” can prove to be nothing short of disastrous. If I were you I would hesitate before claiming such negative behaviors as “from black women”. Distance yourself.
- Be careful and make sure to note the people/ collaborations that are making mainstream hip hop popular through the degradation of black women. Distance yourself and take your money elsewhere.
- Rethink the shows you are currently supporting. In the instance of Twisted the show hasn’t been on that long and there is enough time for black women to pull their support and get their message across. Remember… Reciprocity. No excuses, no explanations.
- Be careful about attaching your name to things that may bring down the image of black women even more. Let Miley Cyrus and her ratchet cohorts live our her phase (because ultimately that is what it is) sticking your neck out or getting involved will only hurt you ultimately. I can’t see that going any other direction.
Finally, and it is unfortunate there is one unpleasant matter to discuss. This blog has a shelf life. At some point (not in the near future) I will be hanging up the pen. At the same time I want to keep the purity of this blog so black women in the future may find it. Unfortunately there are some readers who have NOT read my policy. I will quote it now.
Please avoid linking my blog to “black”sites “feminist” sites and “mainstream” sites if possible. I purposely avoid linking certain sites in my posts because I don’t want the pingback. Nor do I want fools, idiots, morons, and those who are too stupid to live littering my blog. I do not want the views from these people who will feel the need to troll or worse “debate” there is nothing to debate. I want to protect the integrity of my blog, which is why I didn’t announce my presence to begin with and am delicate about who is on my blog. If people want to find me they will find me I do Not feel the need to advertise or link. Too many stragglers will try and find a home. Most black women’s sites are alright. But please before doing a trackback or reblogging please ask.
I have said this numerous times, that I PURPOSELY Do not link my blog posts to feminist blogs/ “black” media sites/ “mainstream sites” because I do not want the viewers. I don’t want their pingbacks and I don’t want their traffic. This site is not for these people who feel the need to shame/ engage in meaningless debates. This is a safe place for Black women. UNFORTUNATELY somebody/ person/ persons has on more than one occasion linked my blog and created an amount of traffic from a number of sites that I did not approve of or cosign.
The Good men project
The feminist wire
Television without Pity forums
This sites are EXACTLY THE KIND OF CROWD I DO NOT WANT.
Whoever has been linking me to these places PLEASE REFRAIN.
If black women want to find me they will find me. ( Note I am alright with being linked on other sites specifically for black women)
For the others do not link me to sites that will draw people who want to engage in debate.
I have said before I do not want to debate.
I do not want to make the blog private but I do not want to be overrun by stool pigeons that are going to find a stoop on my blog.
Until Next Time