Vixen Vent: Black Men Caping…For White Women Only
Game isn’t an isolated incident. Remember when Nas swooped in to save Gwenyth Paltrow after she used the N-word in a tweet? “I’ll slap the sh-t out of somebody for Gwenyth Paltrow,” Nas told an interviewer. “She gets a pass.” So because she’s a cool white girl, she gets a pass to drop “nigga” and Nas will go as far as slap somebody for her? How many black men–Juicy J, Mike WIll Made It, Pharrell–couldn’t wait to co-sign and defend Miley Cyrus to the press because according to them, her reinvented act isn’t cultural appropriation; it’s just her being a talented swagged out 20-year-old? It was also black men who tried their hardest (we’re eyeballing you Snoop Lion) to make Kreayshawn happen despite her lackluster rhymes and White Girl Mob dropping the N-bomb all over the ‘net. Side-eye, dudes.
Perhaps the sting wouldn’t leave such a ting if the same savior mentality showed up every once in a while for black women; you know, the women who look like their mamas and daughters. When Russell Simmons co-signed the god-awful Harriet Tubman sextape, there was a deafening silence from black male celebrities. When Rihanna was beat to a pulp by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, black male celebrities were pretty damn quiet then, too.
The Kardashian family’s fortune stems from publicity. Khloe knows how to handle the paps. Her relevancy depends on the paps. Let’s also start being real about how much celebs who are famous for fame’s sake call the paps themselves. She appeared to be pretty unbothered. It’s interesting that Game felt the need to make a spectacle to “protect” his homegirl.
If you’re not one of these caping black men, I’m not talking to you. Chill. If you are, is it too much to ask that your cape extend to the very women who are always on the front lines when black men at large are getting racially profiled, killed by vigilantes or dragged in the media? Certainly there’s room for a little integration under those capes. Or maybe not.
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